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Top 10: Most economical diesel cars

Although a large percentage of the population opts for petrol powered cars, not to mention the increasing number of people who are turning their attention to electric vehicles and hybrids, diesel powered cars still command a large portion of the market.

There's a fine reason for this; they offer near unparalleled levels of fuel economy while emitting incredibly low emissions. Although legislation is coming in against diesel, this is only on much older diesels that don't meet modern emissions standards.

Diesel cars universally offer excellent fuel economy, even the ones with large engines. So, which models actually offer the best possible fuel economy? Here's what we found.

 

Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDi (Official fuel economy - 72.4mpg)

Those South Koreans have certainly taken the European car market by the scruff of the neck in recent years. This is partly thanks to the reasonable cost of their vehicles, that also happen to boast good looks and a more than decent driving experience.

The 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine available isn't anything revolutionary, but with the ability to return 72.4mpg on a combined cycle while producing a lowly 102g/km CO2, it doesn't look like it needs to be. It looks great, drives well and is incredibly fuel efficient, count us in!

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Kia Ceed

Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTI (Official fuel economy - 78.5mpg)

The humble Corsa has remained a common sight on Britain's roads for sometime now. And there's good reason for it, they offer a decent-looking package that is inexpensive to run on a daily basis.

The 1.3-litre turbocharged diesel engine isn't the pokiest engine in the world, but when it returns a combined mpg of 78.5mpg, we couldn't care less! In fact, settle down for a long journey on the motorway and you'll see a staggering 88mpg from the little Corsa.

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Vauxhall Corsa

Mercedes-Benz A Class A180d (Official fuel economy - 80.7mpg)

The A Class has been a popular car for Mercedes since its launch a few years ago because it provides high levels of refinement and luxury for a reasonable outlay. Whatever type of driving you do, whether it be city or motorway, the A Class has the ability to adapt to those environments and provide an excellent experience.

The 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine provides a reasonable 108bhp, which although not the punchiest compared to larger models from Mercedes, returns an incredible 80.7mpg on a combined cycle. 88mpg is achievable on a long run, which is staggering!

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi (Official fuel economy - 78.5mpg)

Britain's best-selling car, which is also a multiple-award winner, just happens to be one of the most economical you can buy. Ford know a thing or two about creating a car for the masses, that's why the Fiesta continues to impress with its excellent design and beautifully engineered drive train.

Under the bonnet is Ford's latest 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine, which can return a very healthy 78.5mpg on a combined cycle. The high levels of refinement and comfort make the Fiesta perfectly at home on the motorway, where you will see 88.3mpg! Not bad for an affordable hatchback.

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Ford Fiesta

Citroen/DS 3 1.6 BlueHDI (Official fuel economy - 78.5mpg)

Although DS have now separated themselves from the Citroen brand, the DS3 still boasts the same architecture. This is no bad thing, because it has frequently been celebrated for its refreshing take on driving engagement. It's plenty of fun without being too serious, harder to achieve than you may think.

The 1.6-litre diesel engine is a magnificent little unit and manages to produce a pretty substantial 78.5mpg on a combined cycle. The 3 clearly represents excellent value for money then, while boasting plenty of character to make daily driving all the better.

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DS3

Unrivalled fuel efficiency

You may have seen a lot of bad press surrounding diesel cars in recent months. But the statistics don't lie; they still offer unrivalled fuel efficiency and emit remarkably low levels of CO2.

No matter which car you choose on this list, you will benefit from long ranges and cheap running costs. The electric and hybrid evolution may be well under way, but these clean diesel cars still represent a massive portion of the market. And for good reason, too.