Diesel Car – Issue 372 – February 2018

With new car registrations taking a battering of late, we have the antidote to all the misery, as we name the Top 50 used car buys in this month’s invaluable guide.


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With new car registrations taking a battering of late, we have the antidote to all the misery, as we name the Top 50 used car buys in this month’s invaluable guide. Our team of used car experts have whittled down a list of more than 500 used cars, to come up with the ultimate 50 cars that you simply can’t miss when choosing your next used car. What will be taking the top spot at number one? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by reading it in the February 2018 issue of Diesel Car & Eco Car.

We’ve also been driving SEAT’s latest Ibiza in 1.6-litre TDI guise. The petrol versions are already on UK roads, with the diesel editions at dealers shortly. Our testers have also been putting the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up and the Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen T-Roc SUVs through their paces on UK tarmac for the first time. Citroën’s new C3 Aircross is aiming to upset the compact SUV segment, and here it faces its biggest French rival, the Renault Captur. Other models on test include an exclusive drive of the facelifted Peugeot 308 in new 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 guise, as well as the Renault Megane Sport Tourer in sporty GT dCi 165 trim and the Skoda Kodiaq Scout, with its off-road suit on. In Eco Car, we’ve also tested the MINI Countryman Cooper S E ALL4 and Volvo’s V90 R-Design with T8 Twin-Engine plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

We have a preview of the show cars at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and have the first photographs of the facelifted MINI Hatch with Union Jack tail lights and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. There’s spy shots of the next-generation Ford Focus and also the BMW X7. All of this is in addition to the Diesel Car & Eco Car regulars, including Doctor Diesel, The Extra Mile and the most up-to-date data section in the business, as well as extensive coverage of the latest news in the world of diesel and alternative fuels.


  • Citroen C3 Aircross Flair BlueHDi 120
  • Mercedes-Benz X 250 d Power
  • MINI Countryman Cooper S E ALL4 plug-in hybrid
  • Peugeot 308 Allure 1.5 BlueHDi 130
  • Renault Captur Dynamique S dCi 110
  • Renault Megane Sport Tourer GT dCi 165 EDC
  • SEAT Ibiza FR 1.6 TDI (95)
  • Skoda Karoq SE L 2.0 TDI 4×4 (150)
  • Skoda Kodiaq Scout 2.0 TDI 4×4 (190) DSG Automatic
  • Volkswagen T-Roc SEL 2.0 TDI 4MOTION
  • Volvo V90 R-Design T8 Twin-Engine plug-in Hybrid
  • Ford Fiesta Vignale 1.5 TDCi 3-door
  • Ford EcoSport ST-Line 1.5 EcoBlue TDCi AWD
  • Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Premium SE 1.6 GDi
  • Jaguar E-Pace First Edition 2.0 D (180) AWD Automatic
  • Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport 2.0 D (240) AWD Automatic
  • Jeep Compass Limited 2.0 MultiJet II 4×4 Automatic
  • Kia Sorento GT-Line S 2.2 CRDi Automatic
  • Nissan X-Trail Tekna dCi 177 4WD X-Tronic
  • Mercedes-Benz E 350 d 4Matic All-Terrain Edition
  • SEAT Leon X-Perience SE Lux 2.0 TDI 4Drive DSG Automatic
  • Skoda Kodiaq Edition 2.0 TDI 4X4 DSG Automatic
  • Volvo XC40 D4 AWD R-Design

Long-term test reports:

  • Audi A5 Sportback S line 2.0 TDI ultra Automatic
  • Citroen C3 Flair BlueHDi 100
  • Ford Kuga Vignale 2.0 TDCi AWD Automatic
  • Mazda CX-5 Sport Nav 2.2 AWD
  • MINI Countryman Cooper D
  • Mitsubishi ASX 4 1.6 DI-D 4WD
  • Nissan Qashqai N-Connecta dCi 110
  • Peugeot 3008 Allure BlueHDi 120
  • Renault Scenic Dynamique S dCi 130
  • SEAT Leon ST SE Dynamic Technology 1.6 TDI DSG Automatic
  • Skoda Octavia SE L 2.0 TDI
  • Suzuki Ignis SZ5 SHVS 1.2 Dualjet Mild Hybrid


  • Diesel Car & Eco Car Used Top 50
  • Reader’s Drives – Vauxhall Ampera

Used Car Buyer’s Guide

  • Land Rover Discovery SDV6 3.0 (2013-2017)


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  • Marketplace
  • Legal i
  • Doctor Diesel
  • The Extra Mile
  • Product Inspector
  • Buying, Selling and Maintaining
  • Modern Motoring Questions
  • Eco Car Bright Spark

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