Wondering about the best diesel cars in the US?
In America, diesel powered cars have always been likeâ€¦eating a boiled egg & plain toast for breakfast. You get everything that you need, but thereâ€™s no exciting bacon, or soul-warming sausage gravy.
But now, car makers are really starting to expand their, uhâ€¦menus.
Now, you can have a Mercedes E350 BlueTEC with a big serving of German-luxury strudel. Or you could get a plate of VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI, with a side-order of practicality.
The choices really are amazing. But, what are the best dishes on the menu? What do the critics really order, when theyâ€™re paying for the meal?
Letâ€™s find outâ€¦
Best Luxury Diesel Car of 2011
So todayâ€™s most expensive diesel luxury vehicle is the Mercedes GL350 BlueTEC, but does that mean it’s also the best? It does have a trick 4WD system, and all of the leather, wood and toys that you would expect in a Mercedes Benz. (And what ever happened to the promised Mercedes S350 4MATIC BlueTEC diesel car, anyway?) Â Think of it as a Dennyâ€™s skillet special: heaps of potato, sausage, mushrooms, onions, Canadian bacon, and cheese. Lots of cheese.
While that would be a great way to start the day, youâ€™re going to need a nap by 10:30.
No, to find the best oil-burning luxury car of 2011, youâ€™re going to have to look at the back of the menu: down at the bottom, next to the a-la-cart list, youâ€™ll find the Audi A3 TDI:
This hip little wagon features a perfect blend of luxury and sport. Its torquey little TDI provides just enough oomph for those occasionally spirited drives. And the interior is typical Audi â€“ which is to say; itâ€™s niiiice.
Plus, itâ€™s a wagon, so you can carry stuff. And with a starting price of $30,250, itâ€™s a luxury bargain.
MPG: 30 city / 42 highway.
The 2011 Audi A3 TDI breakfast comparison: a Monte Cristo
Best Fuel Efficient Diesel Car of 2011
This year, the economy trophy goes to the Volkswagen Group and their 2.0 liter Turbo Diesel powerplant, the TDI, which can achieve 30 MPG in the city, and 42 on the highwayâ€¦no matter what car itâ€™s propelling. And by the way, that’s the crappy EPA estimate of their gas mileage. Check out the eye-poppingÂ real life mileage people are getting.
Youâ€™ll find this thrifty little gem under the hood of four cars, ranging from compact to wagon:
2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI ($23,225),
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI ($22,995),
2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI ($24,995)
…and the just mentioned 2011 Audi A3 TDI ($30,250).
We covered the Volkswagen diesel models together in depth here.
Sorry, I canâ€™t think of a breakfast comparison for this one.
The Golf is like a Rootie Tootie Fresh & Fruity combo; the Jetta is like a sausage, egg & cheese croissant; the Jetta Wagon is like maple and brown sugar oatmeal, with some warm Vermont maple syrup on top. And of course, the A3 TDI is our Monte Cristo.
Best Looking Diesel Car of 2011
Thereâ€™s actually several 2011 diesel cars that look nice. But the winner is the redesigned 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Clean Diesel TDI.
VWâ€™s aggressive new front end blends well with the Jettaâ€™s clean body lines, making it look (slightly) aggressive, yet civilized. Itâ€™s the kind of car that mom can drive everyday, but when she parks behind dad, he might actually want to take her car.
Like our choices? Disagree? Are you driving one of these? Leave a comment!