In this section, I've spent a lot of time weighing up different car fuel types like petrol and diesel alongside new options like hybrids and fully electric cars.

In this blog, I'm going simpler.

I've taken 8 bodystyles and have selected my top diesel powered cars for each! So if it's time to choose a new car and you fancy a diesel, this is definitely the blog for you!

(Oh, if you’re more of a petrol fan, check out my other blog 10 Best Petrol Cars Available on LeaseFetcher in 2018!)

You don’t really find diesel engines in small car bodystyles. But Kia has bucked the trend and squeezed a 76 bhp 1.4-litre diesel under the bonnet. Yes, it’s a big unit but it’s surprisingly clean, producing just 92g/km of CO2, and efficient, achieving 80 mpg.

More generally, the Kia Rio is an excellent little supermini. It’s a breeze to drive, super smooth on the roads, the build quality is impressive and the tech is all up-to-date.

Kia should be super proud that they picked up Business Car Manager’s ‘Best Sub-100g/km Business Car’ award.

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Kia RIO Hatchback

10 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 1.0 - 1.5
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 85 - 171g/km

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Released in 2015 and updated in 2017 (Sportbrake) and 2018 (XFR), the Jaguar XF is a bit of a dark horse in the executive car niche, unfairly eclipsed by the more popular BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

But I think the XF is better than them all.

There’s two diesels on offer — a 2.0-litre and a 3.0-litre — that come with anything from 161 to 295 bhp. Pick up one of the punchier diesels and add in four-wheel drive and you’re looking at a 0-62 mph time of under six seconds!

That’s seriously quick for what is essentially a big, executive cruiser!

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Jaguar XF Saloon

28 derivatives available

  • Doors: 4
  • Engine: 2.0 - 5.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Saloon
  • Drive: A, M
  • CO2: 129 - 292g/km

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The Volvo V90 might be the spiritual successor to the V70 but it’s actually more closely related to the outstanding Volvo XC90, from which it ‘borrows’ a lot of design and engineering elements.

On the road, the V90 feels planted and the D4 diesel does an excellent job at both low and high speeds.

Simply put, this estate is an estate of the highest order.

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Volvo V90 Estate

44 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: D, P, X
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 44 - 183g/km

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There are times when I look at the Volkswagen Golf and think that I’d genuinely take it over the Audi or Mercedes. It just feels super classy and super grown up.

The Golf GTD, for example, strikes the perfect balance between driving experience, performance and economy. This is a car that’ll put a smile on your face on B-roads and at the petrol pump!

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Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

27 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.8
  • Fuel: D, P, X, E
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

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The Range Rover Sport is a big ol’ SUV that needs a big ol’ engine, specifically a 3.0-litre six cylinder diesel that delivers 301 bhp. Despite weighing over two tons, the powerful diesel keeps the big SUV feeling punchy and keeps you cruising at motorway speeds without breaking a sweat.

Other than that, it’s business as usual for the Range Rover Sport. It’s big, plush and comfortable, the quintessential footballer’s car.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport Estate

25 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 5.0
  • Fuel: D, P, X
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 73 - 306g/km

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It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Land Rover Discovery is the best 4x4 on the market. In fact, it has been for some time.

Delivering a cushy on-road experience and an unstoppable drive off it, the Discovery sets the standard for excellence in the 4x4 market.

While you can get the Discovery with a petrol, it really needs a powerful diesel engine to provide that unstoppable feed off road.

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Land Rover Discovery SW

13 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 3.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 189 - 284g/km

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Despite having one of the worst names in the entire automotive world, the Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer is one of the best MPVs out there. It’s also one of the better looking MPVs, ditching the traditional utilitarian boxy look for something more futuristic.

Yes, it’s not as large as the cavernous Ford Galaxy but the seven-seater Citroën is big enough for all but largest families.

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Citroen C4 Spacetourer Estate

0 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: MPV
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 100 - 134g/km

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Diesels in sports cars are always a bit of an odd choice. They aren’t, after all, known for delivering punchy drives and screaming revs.

Well, that didn’t stop Porsche from fitting the big Panamera with a chunky 3.0-litre V6 diesel. With 295 bhp on tap, the two-ton Panamera blasts from 0-62 mph in under 6 seconds and on to a top speed of 161 mph.

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Porsche Panamera Hatchback

4 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 4.0
  • Fuel: X, P, D
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 56 - 235g/km

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