Honest John s best second-hand diesels
7:26PM BST 20 Aug 2015
Mazda6 Skyactiv Diesel Tourer (2013 onwards)
New from £23,000/used from around £15,000
The Mazda6 may not be a BMW, an Audi or a Mercedes, but it has the styling, quality and engineering that lifts it up a class. All Mazda6 Skyactiv diesels meet Euro 6 emissions regulations, and you ll get about 55 miles per gallon from the manuals. If you re looking for a similar-sized car but have a bit more money to spend, then the next car may be for you
New from £31,000/used from around £22,500
The smallest Mercedes that still carries the kudos of a big one is the new C200 CDI. This latest C-class first hit the roads last year. So, while you see plenty on the road, you don t see many coming up used. The smart choice is the C200 CDI, with a 1.6-litre engine that uses Formula One technology to get the most out of the fuel with the lowest emissions. If you re looking for an even sportier diesel, look no further than the next car
New from £36,000/used from around £20,000
There s a new XF coming out soon, so the current car is becoming very sensibly priced. You can pick one up for £20,000 for the 2.2-litre model. It really is lovely inside. There s still a bit of theatre when you start the engine and three different driving modes to suit your mood.
New from £60,000/used from around £45,000
The Audi A8 3.0-litre V6 TDI is the flagship of the Audi range. Stunning looks, advanced technology, effortless performance and yet, impressive economy. A used model may be from Audi s prestige fleet, used to ferry stars to film premieres. It has Quattro four-wheel drive which makes it safe, and a bulletproof 3.0-litre TDI engine with 260PS (256hp) of power, but which can still give more than 40 miles to the gallon.
New from £62,000/used from around £45,000
If you have a large family or tow a caravan, you may need something bigger. The Mercedes-Benz GLS 350 CDI is enormous outside, but has plenty of room for everyone and their luggage inside. New, they start at £62,000 but you can get a two year-old model for £45,000.
Do you want to help look after your engine?
Non-premium fuels can, over time, cause gunk to build-up on critical fuel system components such as diesel engine fuel injectors which can rob engines of power. Shell V-Power Nitro+ Diesel is formulated to help recover engine power lost to performance-robbing deposits.
Shell’s advanced formulation is designed to work under the extreme conditions of the fuel injection system, breaking down and cleaning away harmful gunky deposits. Shell V-Power Nitro+ Diesel is also designed to form a protective film on metal surfaces, which decreases the corrosion rate, helping to protect precision fuel system components.
To find out more about Shell V-Power Nitro+ Diesel, visit shell.co.uk
* Actual effects and benefits may vary according to vehicle, age of vehicle, driving conditions and driving style. Corrosion protection based on laboratory tests carried out according to ASTM D665A.
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