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2013 Diesel Buying Guide: Top Recommended Diesel Cars

As usual, the best diesel cars to buy this year come from our old favorites. VW and BMW continue to produce efficient, powerful, and great looking cars that dominate the diesel market. The top choices this year in the hatchback and sedan categories both come from Volkswagen, but BMW’s X5 xDrive35d is the outstanding leader in the SUV category, but just barely ahead of the Mercedes Benz ML350 Bluetec.

 Diesel cars are gaining popularity again as mileage becomes one of the biggest considerations for individuals who are buying a new car. Mileage concerns went out the window for a while there, but plenty of people were burned by rising fuel costs and are now ready to find something that won’t be so costly in the long run.

Volkswagen Golf TDI


Getting around 42 mpg on the highway, the Gold TDI is a great diesel vehicle with zip. The Golf has long been a favorite of European markets for it’s fuel efficiency and the overall convenience of the model. Tight and compact on the outside, the interior feels somewhat luxurious, especially when compared to other diesel cars in it’s class. The hatchback makes use of all available space and because it’s a diesel it burns more cleanly, giving people the feeling that they’re being more considerate of the rest of the world by driving a more efficient car.

Volkswagen Passat TDI


The market for the Passat TDI is typically full of people who want a Golf but need more space. The Passat is the ideal compromise, and it delivers in the fuel efficiency department, too. It’s almost as appealing as the Golf, with a 40 mpg best that has been replicated in real-world driving conditions and lauded as one of the top fuel efficiencies on the market, especially in it’s size class. This car is especially popular in the US market because of their love for a four-door sedan, something they just don’t get from the hatchback Golf.

BMW X5 xDrive35d


If your primary concern is fuel efficiency, the Mercedes Benz ML350 Bluetec is actually a bit more efficient. However, the BMW outperforms when it comes to test drives. More people enjoy driving the BMW, plus it just looks great. But you really can’t go wrong with either SUV, if you’re looking for an SUV that won’t cost an arm and a leg in fuel after your purchase.

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