Economy drive: are these Britain’s best new diesel cars?

Diesel carsBreaking with tradition, Diesel Car magazine has turned its back on the standard awards format and named its best 10 cars of 2016. The self-proclaimed ‘leading magazine for economy motoring’ believes these are the best new cars you can buy. In classic Top of the Pops style, we’ll present the chart in reverse order. Not ‘arf, pop-pickers.

Diesel cars10. Skoda Octavia

Finishing 10th overall, while scooping the Best Medium Estate Car award, this is the Skoda Octavia. It’s a veritable Swiss Army Knife of the sector, with hatchback and estate versions available in everything from efficient GreenLine models to sporty vRS versions. A brilliant all-rounder.

Diesel cars9. Tesla Model S

If we’d asked you to predict Diesel Car’s Best Electric Car, we think you’d have opted for the Tesla Model S. “Think of Tesla as the Apple of the car world,” said Diesel Car, before referencing its “cutting-edge” all-electric drivetrain and “supercar-rivalling” performance.

Diesel cars8. Jaguar F-Pace

“It’s famed for being the first Jaguar SUV ever, but we reckon it’ll be remembered for transforming the British brand into the big time.” Strong words, but not enough to secure a higher position. That said, it’s the current darling of the SUV world.

Diesel cars7. Nissan Qashqai

According to Diesel Car, the Nissan Qashqai is a car Britain can be proud of. It’s certainly the most popular crossover in the country, with owners appreciating its car-like dynamics, practicality and efficient diesel engines. But it’s not the best crossover in the Diesel Car Top 50…

Diesel cars6. Citroen C4 Cactus

Because that accolade falls to the Citroen C4 Cactus. Its BlueHDi 100 engine is super-efficient, while Citroen has stripped the Cactus back to basics to create a light and quirky crossover. The Airbumps remain a ‘Marmite’ feature.

Diesel cars5. Ford Focus

Well, pop-pickers, we’re down to the final five, where we find the ever-popular Ford Focus. It’s a triple-whammy for the Focus, because alongside the top five finish, it also drives off with Best Medium Car and Best Hot Hatch. The Focus ST diesel is a bit like having your cake and eating it.

Diesel cars4. Skoda Superb

We adore the Skoda Superb, so it’s good to see it finishing fourth in the Diesel Car Top 50, while also winning Best Large Car. The magazine said: “The real icing on the cake is an upmarket interior that wouldn’t be out of place in an Audi.”

Diesel cars3. Volvo XC90

Another car we love is the Volvo XC90, which finishes third overall and wins the Best Large SUV category. It’s hard to find fault with the car, with the interior a particular highlight. The XC90 gives us hope that the S90 and V90 will be similarly great.

Diesel cars2. Jaguar XF

Just missing out on the top spot is the Jaguar XF, but it does win the Best Executive Car award. “Classing leading economy and excellent refinement puts this latest British-built car at the top of the class.”

Diesel cars1. Kia Sportage

And, in at number one, it’s the Diesel Car Top of the Pops: the all-new Kia Sportage. We’ll leave the final words to the magazine: “Generous equipment levels, keen prices and excellent road manners mean that this medium SUV leapfrogs the competition to sit at the very top of the class.

For more detailed information, take a look at the June issue of Diesel Car magazine.

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