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Diesel Car - Issue 386 - March 2019

It’s fair to say that diesel power has come in for some criticism of late, and while some of what is being said is true for old diesels, the latest cars are cleaner and greener than ever before, and in many cases produce lower levels of pollutants than petrol cars. Mis-information and poor understanding of the complicated diesel subject has led to over-dramatisation and sometimes panic. But hey, in the case of the nationals and some eco-factions, why let the facts get in the way of a sensationalist story. In this month’s issue, we explain why new diesel is the future and what lengths the car makers are going to, to engineer the fuel to exceed the regulations. We explain the differences between Euro-6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 regulations, NEDC and WLTP emissions testing, and also have a helpful section on AdBlue.

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It’s fair to say that diesel power has come in for some criticism of late, and while some of what is being said is true for old diesels, the latest cars are cleaner and greener than ever before, and in many cases produce lower levels of pollutants than petrol cars. Mis-information and poor understanding of the complicated diesel subject has led to over-dramatisation and sometimes panic. But hey, in the case of the nationals and some eco-factions, why let the facts get in the way of a sensationalist story. In this month’s issue, we explain why new diesel is the future and what lengths the car makers are going to, to engineer the fuel to exceed the regulations. We explain the differences between Euro-6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 regulations, NEDC and WLTP emissions testing, and also have a helpful section on AdBlue.

We’ve also been driving the Kia ProCeed and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and tested the Citroën C5 Aircross for the first time on UK roads. Audi’s mighty Q8 faces the Range Rover Sport in this month’s twin test spat, and we drive the Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi with its uprated and more powerful engine and new infotainment system. Kia’s Ceed Sportswagon is put through its paces and we get behind the wheel of Volvo’s XC40 D3 AWD.

Phil Thane explains why diesel power isn’t the only pollutant on this planet, and Vicky Parrott looks at five cars that you can achieve 60mpg with, while shelling out just £600. This month’s used car buyer’s guide is on the Suzuki Vitara 1.6 DDiS and we examine the best way of buying the top selling diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars. There are also all your favourites including Doctor Diesel, Marketplace, The Extra Mile, Buying, Maintaining and Selling, and the most up-to-date data section in the business, including all the new WLTP fuel economy figures.

Tested:

  • Audi Q8 Vorsprung 50 TDI quattro Automatic
  • Citroen C5 Aircross Flair Plus BlueHDi 180 Automatic
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2 1.6 CRDi
  • Kia ProCeed GT-Line 1.6 CRDi
  • Nissan Micra Tekna 1.0 IG-T
  • Nissan Qashqai Tekna 1.5 dCi 115
  • Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic 3.0 SDV6 Automatic
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Dynamic 2WD
  • Volvo XC40 D3 AWD Momentum Pro

Long-term test reports:

  • Audi Q5 S line 2.0 TDI quattro
  • Citroen C4 Cactus Flair BlueHDi 100
  • Dacia Duster Comfort 1.5 Blue dCi 115 4×2
  • DS 7 Crossback Prestige BlueHDi 180 Automatic
  • Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SR
  • Mazda6 Tourer GT Sport Nav+
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna Automatic
  • Peugeot 5008 GT BlueHDi 180 Automatic
  • SEAT Ibiza FR 1.6 TDI
  • Skoda Karoq SE L 1.6 TDI DSG Automatic
  • Volvo V60 D4 Inscription

Features:

  • Diesel emissions technology and what the jargon all means
  • Diesel isn’t the only pollutant
  • 60mpg for £600
  • Legal eye – carrying the family dog

 Used Car Buyer’s Guide

  • Suzuki Vitara 1.6 DDiS

Regulars

  • News and views
  • What’s On
  • Marketplace Statistics
  • Marketplace In The Pipeline
  • Marketplace What’s New
  • Doctor Diesel
  • Tuning News
  • Highway Cod
  • Legal i
  • The Extra Mile
  • Buying, Selling and Maintaining
  • Product Inspector
  • EcoCar News and views
  • EcoCar Marketplace
  • EcoCar Bright Spark

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