Are There Any Small Diesel Cars?

By Rick Popely  on August 11, 2013

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/28/694858942-1425510485028. "Are there any small diesel cars?"

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https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/51/-1270784772-1425510485051. Chevrolet, Volkswagen and Audi currently offer a diesel engine in compact-size cars.

The current compact diesel cars are the Audi A3 TDI and Volkswagen Beetle TDI, Golf TDI and Jetta TDI, all of which use VW's turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel went on sale in select markets in June and is scheduled to be available nationally in the fall. It uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with EPA-estimated 27/46 mpg city/highway, which is the highest highway rating of any non-hybrid passenger car. The combined city/highway rating of 33 mpg, however, is one short of VW's TDI.

You can read our first-drive impressions of the Cruze diesel here. The Cars.com Vehicle Recommender, found here, can help you determine which diesel-powered car is best for your needs and budget.

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Contributor Rick Popely has covered the auto industry for decades and hosts a weekly online radio show on TalkZone.com .  Email Rick


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