Porsche Macan S Diesel - Best diesels
The Macan is a crossover that handles like a sports car, and the diesel engine endows it with genuine pace yet decent economy
Anyone who says diesels can't be performance cars - think again. The Porsche Macan S Diesel has a 3.0-litre turbo diesel lurking under its bonnet which serves up a 0-62mph time of just 6.3 seconds. That's much faster than a Ford Fiesta ST - a petrol performance hatch, and it's just the beginning of the Macan's talents.
The handling is easily comparable to any sports saloon, and from behind the wheel you could easily be in one of Porsche's sports cars - though sat much higher off the ground of course.
The steering's beautifully weighted and the seven-speed PDK gearbox flawlessly smooth. It makes short work of a winding country road, and provides big fun while doing so.
The Porsche Macan S Diesel isn't as economical as some diesel cars, but with such massive performance on tap, a claimed 46.3mpg and 159g/km of CO2 isn't bad at all. It's also really well equipped, spacious, practical and beautifully finished. It's like a sports car without compromise.