So if you’re a diesel lover and bummed about the whole VW TDI emissions mess like we are, we have some good news. There are other diesels out there, and some VW owners could just be looking to buy one, soon.
VW just reached a record $14.7 billion dollar settlement with U.S. regulators for deliberately cheating on U.S. emissions tests. Part of the deal means VW will be buying back devalued TDI models from some owners this fall. Each owner of an affected diesel will get the repurchase price of their vehicle, plus $5,100-$10,000 depending on the model and year. Drivers who end their leases early will receive half of what an eligible owner would receive for an equivalent vehicle.
All this said, don’t let VW’s bad behavior scare you away from diesels. There are some alternatives as we wait for VW dieselgate to clear. Check out some other options below.
2016 BMW 3, 5, X Series
- BMW 328d xDrive : 24 mg city / 36 mpg highway / 38 combined
The German luxury automaker offers diesel options galore. Choices range from the 3 and 5 Series to the X Series.
The 3 Series offers the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon model for those of you looking for a replacement for the Jetta and Golf Sports Wagons. It starts at $33,150 and offers a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo Diesel 4-cylinder engine. The 5 series starts at $50,200 and offers 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder diesel engine.
In the U.S. BMW currently sells the 328d xDrive sedan and wagon, 535d and X3, X5 Diesels. Unfortunately, the all-new 7 Series diesel won’t make the trip from Europe, at least as of now.
2016 Nissan Titan XD Diesel
16 mpg city/highway combined in the Car Pro Test Drive
The automaker’s full-size Titan XD diesel pickup offers 310-horsepower from its 5-liter Cummins V8 engine. The base S trim starts at $40,290. The truck is exempt from EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings due its weight, but it rated 16 mpg combined in our test drive.
2016 Range Rover HSE Td6
25 mpg city/highway
The Range Rover HSE Td6, the flagship of the Land Rover lineup, carries a 3.0-liter diesel engine under its bonnet. (2016 is also the first time it’s had a diesel under the hood in the U.S.) The engine delivers 254-horses, but as always with diesel engines, the torque is the most important factor, and this one has 443 pound-feet of it. It starts at $86,950.
2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Fuel economy not EPA rated due to size
Ford’s upgraded the diesel powertrain for the 2017 Super Duty. It carries a 6.7-liter 4 valve Power Stroke V8 Diesel under the hood. The commercial Chassis Cab version delivers 330-horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque. No numbers yet for the consumer version.
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel
Up to 30 mpg highway
The midsize Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel. Jeep claims the Grand Cherokee’s driving range is 730 miles, and says the EcoDiesel engine will tow 7,400 pounds. An 8-speed automatic transmission comes with 2WD or 4WD versions. It starts a $29,995.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Turbo-Diesel/ 2016 GMC Canyon Turbo-Diesel
22 mpg city miles / 31 mpg combined (2WD) and 20 mpg city miles / 23 mpg combined (4WD)
These sister trucks from General Motors share a Duramax 2.8-liter Turbo-Diesel engine good for 181-horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The Colorado starts at $20,100, while the 4WD Canyon SLT with the Crew Cab starts at $37,450.
2016 Ram 1500 Diesel
21 mpg city / 29 mpg highway
The hardcore work truck offers a 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel. The diesel engine lends it 240-horses, 420 pound-feet of torque, and a towing capacity of 9,210 pounds. The sticker starts at $26,145.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE300d
22 mpg city / 29 mpg highway
The midsize GLE300d SUV offers a 2.1-liter twin-turbo diesel inline-4 engine with 201-horsepower. It starts at $52,500. It’s also a 4MATIC, meaning it’s a four-wheel drive.
2016/2017 Chevrolet Cruze TurboDiesel
46 mpg highway / 27 mpg city / 33 mpg combined (2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel numbers)
The compact Cruze is Chevy’s most popular-selling vehicle worldwide. As a good trade off for the Jetta, the second-generation diesel Cruze will go on sale as either a 2016 or 2017 model with a likely $20,000 starting point. It features GM’s all-new 1.6L turbodiesel engine. We must note that a new lawsuit accuses GM of using emissions defeat devices, like VW did, on its older-generation Cruze. GM denies those accusations and says Cruze diesel testing follows the letter of the law.