Most of these diesel saloon & hatchback vehicles come in 3 or 5 door variations. Small diesel hatchbacks such as the Peugeot 206, Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Clio and Citroen C2 and Citroen C3 are ideal for first time drivers. They have very low insurance groups, typically around group 3 and are also very popular with driving schools. Mostly 3 door variants.
The next size up includes the Peugeot 307, Ford Focus, Renault Megane and Citroen C4 – also very popular with the national driving schools such as the AA and BSM. This intermediate size diesel car makes the perfect family runabout, cheaper to run than petrol and the later cars are cheaper to tax.
Do you need a lot of boot/ luggage space, the Rover 75 and VW Passat have large boot capacities. Most mainstream manufacturers now supply their diesel saloons and hatchbacks with rear split seats for added carrying capacity. Skoda Octavia Superb offers “limousine” leg room in the back, much more than other makes in its class.
There is a steady increase in the manufacturers supplying diesel vehicles with 6 speed, tiptronic and automatic transmission, such as the Volkswagen, Audi, Renault, Mercedes and BMW. For the more sporty types, how about a Peugeot 206 DT Hdi or VW Polo GT Tdi – small, very sporty and fun to drive.
For more thrills how about an Audi A3, VW Golf GTI, Alfa Romeo 145 with bhp’s available up to 170bhp! Sports car performance and very thrifty.
Now the larger luxurious diesel cars,Audi, Saab, Mercedes, Jaguar, BMW, Lexus all come equipped to be driven by company managers, directors, luxury vehicle hire companies or the people who want to drive a nice car. When these diesel vehicles are a couple of years old, they generally represent excellent value for money and you can generally pick up a large Mercedes or Jaguar for the price of a Mondeo or Vectra.