13 Best Diesel Cars and SUVs of 2018

2018 Jaguar XE Diesel
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2018 Jaguar XE 20d

$37,225 | 32/42 mpg city/hwy | U.S. News Overall Score: 7.7/10

The Jaguar XE 20d gets high marks for its agile handling, and it offers a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is a $2,500 option).

While the optional turbodiesel four-cylinder engine costs $1,500 over the standard gas-powered four-cylinder, it delivers excellent gas mileage. The EPA-estimated fuel economy of 32 mpg in the city and 42 on the highway rivals many economy cars.

Despite producing only 180 horsepower, the diesel delivers a solid 318 pound-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm. This low-end power gives the diesel XE stronger performance than its horsepower figure suggests. Unfortunately, drawbacks to the XE include a higher sticker price compared to some key rivals, not to mention the car’s cramped back seat and small trunk.

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