The BMW 1 Series and Volkswagen Golf are available with powerful diesel engines.
The BMW 1 Series and Volkswagen Golf are available with powerful diesel engines that bless these 'hot hatches' with furious performance and fabulous efficiency. These vehicles therefore marry what have until recently been traditionally estranged bedfellows – speed and frugality.The BMW 1 Series 123d M Sport has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. This produces 204bhp and propels the baby BMW to 62mph in 6.9 seconds. Top speed is 148mph which is impressive when you consider the 123d M Sport needs less sustenance than a super-model. This stylish hatchback returns 43.5mpg on the urban cycle, 62.4mpg on the extra-urban, and an impressive combined average of 54.3mpg. Motorists who prefer a more modest hatchback may like the Volkswagen Golf. The 2.0-litre TDI produces 168bhp and hits 62mph in 8.1 seconds. Much like the BMW 123d M Sport, the Golf TDI has an instinctive aversion to gas guzzling. This popular hatchback therefore returns a combined average of 53.3mpg, and rockets along on a single gallon of diesel for 65.7 miles on the extra-urban cycle. Treating yourself to a new BMW 1 Series 123d M Sport costs £25,995. Investing in a new Golf 2.0-litre TDI is slightly cheaper, but still requires an 'under the mattress' withdrawal of £23,610.