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I need a diesel car for big mileages...

Hey guys, 

Iwant to change to a diesel estate car, but am not sure which type to get. I do drive a lot and need a car that is very fuel efficient with low mileage and low maintaining costs. Cars within my budget are either 2006 Ford Focus 1.8, Opel Astra 1.3/1.7 CDTi or Skoda Octavia 1.4 (with Volkswagen diesel engine) or Skoda Octavia 1.9. Which of these are the most fuel efficient/most efficient cars to maintain?

Thank you so much for your help and advice!

Best wishes, Cindy

Cindy Wagner (Waterford)

Aug 2013 Filed under: diesel

Expert answer

Hi Cindy,

I would go for either the Skoda or the Opel. The Skoda 1.9 TDI is very economical (50mpg should be pretty easy) and Skodas are well built and reliable. 

The only downside is that if it's pre-2008, it'll have a high rate of tax. That's something that the Opel with the 1.3 CDTi engine avoids, and it's still very economical, albeit slightly less so as you'll have to work the smaller engine a bit harder to keep up with the flow of traffic.

Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Adviser

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