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What is the most economical small family diesel car?

What is the most economical small family diesel car with a 1.6- to 2.0-litre engine?

Phil Blake (Cahir)

Dec 2013 Filed under: fuel economy and emissions

Expert answer

Hi Phil,

"Most economical" is something of a loaded question as it's really much more dependant on your style of driving and the routes you use as much as anything else. 

What I can tell you though is the car in that class I've been able, consistently, to get the best economy from. It's a Golf. To be precise, it's the Mk VI Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI BlueMotion. Test driving it on a warm, sunny day with the air conditioning going and not paying a huge amount of attention to being economical, I managed an average of 65mpg. I haven't yet driven the latest Mk VII Golf BlueMotion but would suspect you could do even better again, possibly as good as 70mpg.

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Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Adviser

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