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Can I buy a diesel automatic crossover without fear of DPF problems?

I am about to retire and looking to buy a crossover, but am put off by all the dealers telling me I have to do at least 15,000 miles per year if I want a diesel. I do 10,000 miles. I also have driven automatics for over 20 years and have had a Jaguar for the past 10 years, so I am looking for an automatic with a nice interior.

I’m considering a Honda CR-V, Skoda Yeti, Mazda CX-5, KIA Sportage, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Qashqai. I find there is little, if any choice if I don't opt for a diesel, plus there are the advantages in mpg and CO2 of diesels. I have £20,000 to spend so am looking for a near-new car. Is it really the case that I have to go for petrol? Are there differences between manufacturers when it comes to particulate filters? Grateful for you comments and recommendations.

Asked on 17 August 2013 by BC, Sittingbourne

Answered by Honest John
So far the Mazda 2.2d Skyactiv, the Renault/Nissan 1.6DCI 130, the Honda 1.6iDTEC, the BMW 320d and the Hyundai/KIA 1.6CRDI and 2.0CRDI have appeared to be DPF trouble free.
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