Top 10: Cheapest diesel cars on sale

Diesel might be getting bad press, but the fact is, they're still the best choice for high mileage drivers. Typically diesel models are more expensive to buy than their petrol relations, but if you're covering big distances every year, they will be cheaper to run. Here we look at the top ten cheapest diesel cars you can buy in the UK today.

1

Dacia Logan MCV Blue dCi 95 Essential - £12,095

It may not be the last word in refinement but if you want an affordable and cheap to run practical family estate, then the Logan is where you need to look. It may be only £12k but this is not all bargain basement and the standard kit is impressive for the money with DAB radio, air conditioning and electric front windows.

Read the full Dacia Logan MCV review

Contract hire from £141.90 per month
2

Fiat Qubo 1.3 MultiJet 80 Lounge - £15,985

Like the Ford Tourneo Courier, the van-based Fiat Qubo is one of the most versatile cars you can buy for this kind of money. It’s a practical five-seater with a high roof and a huge amount of storage should you need it. With 80PS, the most affordable 1.3-litre diesel isn’t the quickest performer - you’d be better upgrading to the 95PS model if you cover lots of motorway miles.

Read the full Fiat Qubo review

List Price from £13,373
Buy new from £12,320
Contract hire from £214.99 per month
3

Dacia Duster Blue dCi 115 4x2 Comfort - £15,995

Like its fellow Dacia models, the Duster is a lot of car for not a lot of money. However, the cheaper trim levels are petrol only so the cheapest diesel is now £16,000. It’s only front-wheel drive and if you want 4x4 it's another £2000.

Read the full Dacia Duster review

List Price from £11,705
Buy new from £11,245
Contract hire from £160.97 per month
4

Ford Tourneo Courier 1.5 TDCi Zetec - £16,550

If you want a heap of practicality combined with affordable running costs and don't care too much about how a car looks or what it drive likes, consider a van-based MPV like the Ford Tourneo Courier. It's a five-seater with an enormous amount of room inside - perfect if you need to drop the seats occasionally and carry big loads.

Read the full Ford Tourneo Courier review

Contract hire from £168.25 per month
5

Renault Clio dCi 85 Play - £17,295

The new Clio goes against the grain in offering a diesel engine - it's become something of a rarity in small hatchbacks and both the Fiesta and Micra are now petrol only. However, Renault has launched the impressive new Clio with a 1.5 dCi engine at a very affordable price.

Read the full Renault Clio review

List Price from £15,895
Buy new from £13,190
Contract hire from £161.87 per month
6

SsangYong Tivoli 1.6D 2WD ELX - £18,495

It may not be a familiar name to many but SsangYong is fast gaining a strong reputation for producing affordable and well built SUVs. The Tivoli is a case in point. It might have a few shortcomings, but thanks to a well-made, family-friendly cabin and a very generous level of standard equipment they are easily forgiven. 

Read the full SsangYong Tivoli review

Contract hire from £212.56 per month
7

Citroen C3 BlueHDi 100 Feel - £18,520

A quirky alternative to conventional small hatchbacks like the Vauxhall Corsa, the Citroen C3 looks funky and offers a relaxed - rather than sporty - drive. The BlueHDi 100 is available on the Feel trim level which gets 16-inch alloy wheels, a bi-tone roof, automatic air con and a seven-inch touchscreen display.

Read the full Citroen C3 review

List Price from £16,200
Buy new from £13,000
Contract hire from £130.02 per month
8

SEAT Ibiza 1.6 TDI SE - £18,960

The impressive Ibiza is an undersung hatchback and one that's much cheaper than the equivalent Volkswagen Polo. The 1.6 TDI engine is not the quietest but it is very economical with owners seeing more than 57mpg in real world driving.

Read the full SEAT Ibiza review

List Price from £16,445
Buy new from £13,187
Contract hire from £166.12 per month
9

Renault Captur dCi 95 Play - £19,395

The second Renault to appear here, the latest Captur promises to be more upmarket than its predecessor with a better quality interior. There will still be diesel engines too - something of rarity now among small crossovers, with the 1.5 dCi available.

Read the full Renault Captur review

List Price from £19,055
Buy new from £15,495
Contract hire from £162.25 per month
10

Fiat Tipo 1.6 Multijet Easy Plus  - £19,510

With Fiat being a small car specialist, you might be surprised that its most inexpensive diesel offering is the Tipo. Built as a value vehicle, the Tipo majors on space and equipment, sadly at the expense of style, flair and any sort of driver appeal. This is very much a head rather than heart purchase.

Read the full Fiat Tipo review

List Price from £15,225
Buy new from £14,575
Contract hire from £163.21 per month