The 2019 Geneva motor show proved that electrified cars are not only the future, but also very much now. As Jaguar’s I-Pace was crowned European Car of the Year 2019, every car maker worth its salt revealed new electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or mild hybrid technology, to futureproof its vehicles. Peugeot took the wraps off the 208, and the pure-electric e-208, while Skoda revealed the Kamiq baby SUV, SsangYong took the wraps off its new Korando and Mercedes-Benz showed off a facelift for its GLC-Class. Renault’s brand-new Clio was on show, alongside Mazda’s new CX-30 SUV, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Shooting Brake and the monstrous Volkswagen Touareg V8 TDI.
A higher proportion of Volkswagen buyers in Germany chose diesel power last year, compared to other forms of propulsion, with the diesel market share percentage at 43 per cent last year, compared to 39 per cent in 2017.
Move fast if you see a Superb sitting for sale, because we think this is the best used car on sale in Britain. Even when new this limo-like family car is stonking value, and used prices make the Superb an absolute steal.
2019 Diesel Car & Eco Car Used Car Top 50 – The Kia Sportage is voted Best Used Medium SUV and is in second place in this year’s rankings
The third-generation Kia Sportage looks set to become a design classic for the Korean brand, with desirable styling that strikes a chord with buyers. A generous seven-year warranty means most examples are still covered, not that you’re likely to need it, as reliability is top notch.
2019 Diesel Car & Eco Car Used Car Top 50 – Citroen’s C4 Cactus is in at number 3 and is our Best Used Medium Car
We love its quirky design that’s as fun as it is innovative and well thought out. From its chunky body cladding, designed to fend off shopping trolleys, to comfortable armchair seats, the Cactus isn’t afraid to be different.
The Mazda6 is one of the best kept secrets in motoring, with handsome looks, excellent handling and superb diesel engines. Mazda’s ‘rightsizing’ approach to engine design sees a big 2.2-litre diesel fitted under the bonnet, with clever engineering and weight savings that allows the 148bhp version to return up to 69mpg.
Hyundai revived the Tucson badge when it replaced the ix35 SUV, and the new model is a big step forwards. It has a sharp design and plentiful interior space that makes it a hit with families.
2019 Diesel Car & Eco Car Used Car Top 50 – Ford’s Fiesta is our Best Used Small Car and is in 6th place
There’s no shortage of used Fiestas available; it has been Britain’s best-selling car year after year. That’s good news when it comes to choice and cherry picking the best example of this handsome supermini with a well deserved reputation for being great to drive.
Despite the similarities under the skin, owners are unlikely to find themselves stuck between the Leon and Octavia, because while the Skoda is sensible and practical, the Leon sacrifices some space for Spanish flair.
The Octavia is an incredible vehicle, based on the underpinnings of the iconic Golf, but with extended bodywork for your luggage and extra interior space. There’s a vast 590-litre boot, making the Octavia ideal for DIY enthusiasts and family holidays.