They aren’t to everyone’s taste but for many people, diesel vehicles are a blessing and Diesel Car magazine has judged which is the best to own.
And it is, they have announced, the British-built Range Rover Evoque. It is stylish and economical and something of a trendy car to own – though with prices starting at £30,000 it’s not going to be a workhorse for many of its owners.
So while the head-turning Evoque picks up the gong for best diesel Car of the Year 2012, Kia managed to snatch class honours for best small diesel car the Rio.
The team of judges for best diesel car have had a tough year since there have been so many great model launches in the sector. They judged each vehicles against different criteria to decide which was the best diesel car.
The Ford Focus grabbed the best medium diesel car spot for the second year running and Skoda’s Superb awarded the best estate diesel car title for the third year in succession.
Diesel Car, Car of the Year Award Winners 2012
Best small car Kia Rio
Best medium car Ford Focus
Best large car Citroën DS5
Best executive car BMW 3 Series
Best estate car Skoda Superb
Best MPV SEAT Alhambra
Best crossover Range Rover Evoque
Best 4×4 Land Rover Discovery 4
Best sports car Peugeot RCZ
Best eco car Chevrolet Volt and Vauxhall Ampera
* Many of these would be even cheaper to run under a leasing package – now that would be a best diesel car!