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Top 10: Classic diesels

We felt it was time we took a look at this oft-neglected section of the classic car scene. After all, for anybody looking for the ultimate in fuel economy and low running costs, a diesel classic makes a lot of sense.

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Peugeot 205

Of all the diesel-powered superminis to go on sale in the 1980s, the oil-burning 205s were among the most successful. They employed the long-running XUD engine (in 1769 and 1905cc guises), with even the least powerful 1.8 GRD feeling reasonably lively – despite a lowly output of just 59bhp. Economy figures, meanwhile, were little short of phenomenal.

The 205 DTurbo of 1991 boosted power to 78bhp, but the ultimate version was the 205 STDT of 1993 – using the same turbocharged diesel lump but with GTi looks and a sporty image. Who says diesels need to be dull?

Comments

Peter McGuire    on 30 January 2017

What about the FX3 and FX4 London taxis?

Chris C    on 30 January 2017

Peugeot 306 can't be too far away from the top ten but my favourite would be a late model Rover 218SLD.

TICKENHAMTIGER    on 31 January 2017

I had a Pug 309 Turbo diesel as well as a 405 TD. Both excellent cars while my partner had a 205 diesel which was fantastically reliable and economical. Service intervals were relatively short. Owned a Volvo S40, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class diesels since although now gone back to petrol (Audi Q3). Still love the diesels but the publicity is so negative. Those Pug Diesel engines were so quiet compared to the competition. Shame Peugeot lost their way.

   on 9 February 2017

All of these hardly classics - good ridence to all of them

Phillip Ellis    on 13 February 2017

most of the models shown are already disappearing because of age. The worry is will recent models be affected and will bringing in the use of Ad Blue to new cars get over the problem?

bakeart    on 13 February 2017

Not sure if scrapping these would make much of a difference.m

The Gingerous One    on 16 February 2017

I promise to try to preserve the Rover 600 diesel that I bought last week (am trading down from a 3L petrol Jag XF).

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