2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Diesel: Review Roundup

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Shopping for a 2012 clean diesel car and thinking about the Volkswagen Passat TDI? Here’s a summary of major reviews of the vehicle to help you decide. Be sure to leave a comment at the bottom if you have questions, or something to add!

The 2.0 turbocharged diesel inline 4 engine in the 2012 Volkswagen Passat has a dazzling EPA fuel economy rating of 31 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. Although many may find that it lacks punch on initial acceleration, it’s been clocked at 9.1 seconds in the 0-60 mph test.

The Diesel Driver — 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Review and Report

 The Diesel Driver wrote, “I found the Passat TDI to be an excellent Autobahn cruiser.  Expansion joints, bumps, and potholes go practically unnoticed. Passengers will not be disturbed. It is Verboten.”

It was the torque that they really liked. “Ultimately, it’s the torque of the diesel engine we’re after, not the horsepower, and the omnipresent 236 pound-feet available to the driver made overtaking on highways something to look forward to,” they continued.

2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC Diesel: Review Roundup

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Shopping for a 2012 clean diesel SUV and thinking about the Mercedes ML350 BlueTEC? Here’s a summary of major reviews of the vehicle to help you decide. Be sure to leave a comment at the bottom if you have questions, or something to add!

The Mercedes-Benz ML350 M-Class SUV has been redesigned for 2012. Under its hood is a redesigned 3.0 liter V-6 turbo-diesel engine that generates 240 horsepower — that’s an increase of 30 horses from the previous model. The redesigned ML350 is about 1-inch longer and half an inch wider than the previous model. Cargo space measures  7 cubic feet more than before. It features 4MATIC all-wheel drive and gets 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. Base price for the diesel is about $50,490.

Car and Driver – 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-class ML350 BlueTEC

C&D discusses much-needed changes including a repositioning of the turn signal/wiper stalk and the cruise control command. Still, they complained that “you’ll still find yourself flicking at the column-mounted gear selector whenever you desire wipers. It’s annoying.”

2012 Mercedes E350 BlueTEC Diesel: Review Roundup

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Shopping for a 2012 clean diesel car and thinking about the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC sedan? Here’s a summary of major reviews of the vehicle to help you decide. Be sure to leave a comment at the bottom if you have questions, or something to add!

Perhaps the most eye-opening news about the 2012 Mercedes E350  is the 3.0 liter BlueTEC diesel engine, which generates 210 horsepower, sprints from 0 to 60 in 9.0 seconds and has a fuel economy rating of 21 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway. The E350 diesel comes only in rear-wheel drive with a 7-speed automatic transmission. The MSRP runs from $50,490 to $88,900.

AOL Autos – 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Expert Review

AOL Autos reports that “We particularly like the diesel-powered E350 BlueTEC sedan. Mercedes’ V6 turbodiesel is the smoothest, quietest diesel engine available, so virtually all the smoky, clattering drawbacks of more traditional diesel power are gone (though the oily diesel smell during fill-ups remains). Performance is virtually identical the gasoline-powered E350…”

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d Diesel: Review Roundup

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Shopping for a 2012 clean diesel and thinking about the BMW X5 xDrive35d SUV? Here’s a round up of major reviews of the vehicle to help you decide. Be sure to leave a comment at the bottom if you have questions, or something to add!

The BMW X5 xDrive35d  experienced a major refreshening in 2011 and, although some options have become standard, not much has changed for the 2012 model year. Of course, it is the  diesel engine that attracts interest in this car. It sprints from 0-62 mph in 6.9 seconds and fuel economy is attractive at 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. MSRP starts at about $52,000.

The Diesel Driver — BMW X5 xDrive35d Review

The Diesel Driver touts the diesel engine on the xDrive 35d. They say, “While the 335d is the embodiment of the Ultimate Driving Machine, the X5 xDrive35d, which competes with the Audi Q7 TDI, Mercedes-Benz GL320 BlueTEC, and the Volkswagen Touareg, is the performance leader in this crowd.”

2012 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC Diesel SUV: Review Roundup

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Shopping for a 2012 clean diesel SUV and thinking about the Mercedez GL350 in a clean diesel BlueTec model? Here’s a round up of major reviews of the vehicle to help you decide. Be sure to leave a comment at the bottom if you have questions, or something to add!

Some may think that the 2012 Mercedes GL 350 BlueTEC Diesel may be getting a little old. After all, the design was unveiled in 2006. Back then, Mercedes specifically designed the vehicle for the American market. Since then, diesel options have become more widely available on the U.S. market, and the result is that Americans are beginning to view a diesel engine is a good alternative to gasoline. The GL350 boasts a 3.0 liter V-6 turbocharged diesel engine. It is the turbocharged aspect that makes the diesel a lot more efficient. The EPA estimates fuel economy to be 17 MPG city/21 MPG highway and Mercedes claims that the vehicle goes from 0 to 60 in 9.4 seconds. MSRP is $61,570. Here is a quick summary of reviews of the GL350 diesel:

Forbes.com – 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTEC Test Drive and Review: A Hug for Diesel

An article published by Forbes points out that “Europeans have long embraced diesel-powered passenger cars. Diesel fuel requires less refining than gasoline. Diesel packs more punch than gas — about 147,000 BTU per gallon for diesel versus 125,000 BTU per gallon for gas. And diesel puts off less CO2, CO and hydrocarbons than gas.” However, it also noted that there are downsides.  “Burning diesel versus gas results in higher levels of nitrogen compounds and soot, both of which can be very harmful to human health. Because of increased demand, diesel has lost its price advantage over gasoline in the past few years.” Still, “clean” diesel and hybrid engines are considered a better alternative than gasoline as far as the environment is concerned.