Diesel cars are no longer the slow, noisy and more economical option – there are some seriously quick models on the market that drink from the black pump. What’s more, they deliver plenty of torque from low in the engine range, so feel more relaxed on the move and return better fuel economy than their petrol counterparts. See carwow’s latest discounts on our car deals page.
Here are the 10 fastest diesel cars on sale:
- Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel
- BMW 435d xDrive
- Audi A8 4.2 TDI
- BMW 335d xDrive
- Bentley Bentayga Diesel
- Audi SQ7
- Audi A6 3.0 BiTDI
- BMW 740d xDrive
- Audi A4 3.0 TDI
- BMW 640d
1. Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel
The new Porsche Panamera splits opinion with its looks, but there’s no denying the car’s speed. The latest 4S Diesel is the quickest diesel you can currently buy, hitting 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds and topping out at 177mph thanks to its 4.0-litre V8. Plus, it returns an impressive 42.1mpg on average and features a spacious, plush cabin and four-door practicality.
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2. BMW 435d xDrive
The BMW 435d is just pipped to the post for quickest diesel, but it’s a rapid car nonetheless. It completes the 0-62mph dash in 4.7 seconds thanks to its 313hp 3.0-litre diesel that can also return fuel economy of 50.4mpg on average. It comes with xDrive all-wheel drive as standard, as well as an eight-speed automatic gearbox. You can also get it in convertible and four-door Gran Coupe guises too.
3. Audi A8 4.2 TDI
Just like BMW, Audi also has a long history of making quick diesels, as illustrated by its A8 model. The 4.2-litre TDI engine launches the car from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds, with the powerful V8 producing 384hp and a great deal of torque while still averaging 39.2mpg. It’s a great option for those who want a big luxury car that packs a punch and has excellent range.
4. BMW 335d xDrive
The BMW 335d comes with xDrive all-wheel drive as standard and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It’s quick in both saloon and estate trim, hitting 62mph from rest in 4.8 seconds and going on to a limited top speed of 155mph. The top-of-the-range 3.0-litre diesel can still produce a combined fuel economy figure of 49.6mpg, too.
5. Bentley Bentayga Diesel
For its first SUV, the Bentley Bentayga has certainly made an impression. Not only does it look the part, but its luxurious interior and equipment levels are unrivalled against its competitors. The Bentayga is also impressively fast too, with a 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 168mph thanks to its punchy, roaring 4.0-litre V8 diesel engine.
6. Audi SQ7
We’re now in a time where chunky SUVs aren’t just for practicality and off-roading. The 4.0-litre diesel V8-powered Audi SQ7 is nearly as fast and as agile as some sports cars of just a few years ago. With a 0-62mph time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155mph, the sporty off-roader packs a punch yet still returns an average of almost 40mpg – impressive for a car of its size and pace.
7. Audi A6 3.0 BiTDI
The mid-sized Audi A6 is a plush executive saloon with a fast diesel engine on the options list. The 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel makes 315hp and covers 0-62mph in 5.0 seconds flat, in part thanks to Audi’s famed quattro all-wheel-drive system. It returns an average fuel economy of 47.1mpg so, not only is it fast, but the A6’s 3.0 BiTDI engine is also impressively efficient too.
8. BMW 740d xDrive
The BMW 7 Series might be a big luxury saloon but, thanks to its comparatively lightweight modern construction, performs admirably. It’ll cover 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and go on to a limited 155mph top speed. The firm’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system is a big part of this, helping catapult it towards the horizon with serious vigour.
9. Audi A4 3.0 TDI
The Audi A4 is impressive on many levels and adding the 3.0-litre diesel engine simply makes it that much more competent. Its 268hp 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine helps it cover 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds and on to a 155mph top speed. It’s economical too, averaging 55.4mpg while, inside, there’s a high-quality, luxurious interior, as well as plenty of interior space and the excellent MMI infotainment system.
10. BMW 640d
Yet another BMW on this list, the BMW 640d is powered by a 3.0-litre diesel with plenty of punch and power. The 313hp engine takes the car from 0-62mph in a mere 5.3 seconds and has a top speed of 155mph – it’s only outpaced by the 7 Series due to its lack of xDrive all-wheel drive. It’s available not only in coupe form, but is offered as a 6 Series Convertible and four-door 6 Series Gran Coupe, too.
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