Top 10 diesel sedans available in the Philippines

Updated Aug 04, 2020 | Same topic: Best Advice for Car Buyers
While sedan diesel cars are quite rare in the Philippines, there are several models available brand new here in the country.

Sedan diesel cars Philippines: A brief history

Diesel began to see usage on cars as in the 1930s but initially, these vehicles were mainly used for commercial purposes like hauling cargo, like taxis, and ambulances. It wasn’t until the 1960s in Europe when diesel-powered passenger vehicles had risen in popularity.

Some of the earliest diesel-powered passenger cars were the Citroen Rosalie and the Mercedes-Benz 260D. Both are sedans that of varying sizes, the latter is a mid-size (but still quite large) and the former is a full-size sedan.

Fast forward to 1967, French company Peugeot produced that 204BD, a high-speed diesel car that uses a 1.3 liter. Following that, Volkswagen made its first diesel car, the legendary VW Golf which used a 1.5-liter diesel version of a gasoline engine. Following that, Mercedes-Benz experimented with a turbo-diesel and produced the Mercedes 300 SD.

Sedan diesel cars in the Philippines

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On the other side of the world, Honda released its first diesel engine called the i-CTI and it powered a version of the seventh generation of the Honda Accord released in 2003 to Japanese and European markets where it did quite well.

In terms of the most recently available Volkswagen sedan diesel cars in the country, the most recent is the Volkswagen Jetta which was discontinued after Volkswagen Philippines decided to source their cars from China. Another is the Tata Indigo, a subcompact sedan but we all know how that turned out.

As for currently available diesel-powered sedans here in the Philippines, the most notable examples we’ve found is one from Hyundai, and the rest are from European brands like Audi, BMW, and Volvo. Let’s check each of these sedans with diesel engines out.

1. Top BMW Sedan Diesel cars in the Philippines

BMW 3-Series Sedan 318d Luxury diesel and the M Sport diesel

Variant
Horsepower and Torque
Price
BMW 3-Series Sedan 318d Luxury
150 HP, 320 Nm
Php 3,550,000
BMW 3-Series 320d M-Sport
190 HP, 400 Nm
Php 4,090,000

>>> View full BMW 3-series Philippines price with monthly installment

Starting off our list of diesel-powered sedans is the Bavarian made 3-Series 318d from BMW.

First things first, the BMW 3-Series is a car model that seemingly hasn’t changed for a long time. As such, it belongs to a long line of enthusiast vehicles that has become the standard in their respective market segments.

A picture of the BMW 3-Series

The current 3-Series, despite the numerous high-tech stuff still has its roots planted to the early BMW sedans

Currently, the BMW 3-Series has three variants in the Philippines. One has a gasoline engine, the two are types of diesel. That’s the 3-Series 318d Luxury and the 3-Series 320d M Sport and from those names alone, you can easily guess as to what they can do; get the Luxury if you want a cushy ride and the M Sport if you want a torque monster on the race track.

Under the hood, the more powerful diesel variant is, of course, the 320d M Sport. Its engine is the 2.0L Inline-4 B47D20 which can make 187 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and an incredible 400 Nm at 1,750-2,500 rpm. With those figures, the 3-Series 320d is a certified driver’s car. It doesn’t even have hand-holding driver-assist tech so when driving it, it’s all on you as it should be.

BMW 5 Series

Variant
Horsepower and Torque
Price
BMW 5-Series 520d Luxury
190 HP, 400 Nm
Php 4,950,000
BMW 5-Series 520d M-Sport
190 HP, 400 Nm
Php 5,390,000
BMW 5-Series 530d Luxury
265 HP, 620 Nm
Php 7,390,000

While the 5-Series has a gasoline variant, the 520d Luxury, 520d M Sport and the 530d Luxury are all equipped with diesel engines making varying amounts of power.

As you can see, the M-Sport isn’t the strongest 5-Series variant by far. Regardless, this model is one of the most agile vehicles belonging to the luxury mid-size class. While it’s very sporty from the get-go, the 5-series is also a very comfortable car.
Note also that the suspension aboard the M-Sport is much stiffer than the one on the luxury. So yeah, it has got everything any person would want from a car. However, enthusiasts could’ve been happier if they gave the M-Sport a manual version.

A picture of the BMW 5-Series

The same goes for the larger BMW 5-Series. Just a glance, it will be identified as a BMW

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2. Top Audi sedan diesel cars in the Philippines

Audi A3 TDI

Variant
Horsepower and Torque
Price
Audi A3 Sedan 2.0 TDI Attraction
148 Hp, 320 Nm
Price on Request
Audi A3 Sedan 2.0 TDI Ambition
148 Hp, 320 Nm
Price on Request

A picture of the Audi A3.

The Audi A3 is the most affordable entry-level luxury sedan from Audi you can buy today

The Audi A3 is a clean looking sedan with a well-rounded set of qualities. It’s fairly quick with 148 horsepower and 320 Nm under the hood and its variant’s interior is well equipped in terms of entertainment and comfort.

When it comes to actual driving, the A3 has been designed to use lightweight components, as such, the said car will feel really agile on the road. Despite its powerful engine, noise and vibration are non-existent inside the vehicle.

The Audi A3 also has a brilliant virtual cockpit

Audi A4 2.0 TDI S-Tronic

Variant
Horsepower and Torque
Price
Audi A4 2.0 TDI S-Tronic
190 HP, 400 Nm
Price on Request

A picture of the Audi A4

Quintessentially Audi

As a compact executive car, the Audi A4 is a quick and agile beast that isn’t awkward on the corners. Its exterior even gives out hints as to what it can do; twin exhausts bro. That’s what’s up! Or rather down as it’s actually the only thing that gives away the performance potential of the A4 and the rest is a sleek and elegant affair that’s suited to a man who has his life all figured out.

Inside, there are the usual accouterments of a luxury car. The crown jewel aboard the A4 is the 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit

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Audi A8 L 3.0 TDI Quattro

Variant
Horsepower and Torque
Price
Audi A8 L 3.0 TDI Quattro
286 Hp, 620 Nm
Price on Request

Yes, the Audi A8 is a limousine. As such, it has all the limousine bling. It has world-class craftsmanship and several interior parts are brushed aluminum and polished wood. On the outside, like most Audis, the A8 is regal looking but minimalist so it isn’t flaunting or anything like that.

Well, maybe except for the front end, where the aggressively large grille and the eye-catching DRLs provides subtle hints of sportiness.

A picture of the Audi A8

Ride in luxury with the A8. Also, you'll have all that torque behind you

Under the hood of the fourth-generation Audi A8, TDI Quattro is a twin-turbo V6 that can make 258 horsepower and 580 Nm of torque. When the going gets tough, note that the A8 also has all-wheel-drive, hence the name “Quattro” for all four wheels. Also, the Audi A8 TDI can also hit 250 km/h or more.

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Audi A6 3.0 Quattro TDI

Variant
Horsepower and Torque
Price
Audi A8 L 3.0 TDI Quattro
286 Hp, 620 Nm
Price on Request

The Audi A6 is a smaller, more affordable luxury vehicle compared to the A8. Regardless, it’s still a very capable cruiser. What the A6 has over the A8 however is a larger cargo space at 387 liters compared to the A8’s 356 and while both cars use the same V6, the A6 is actually more fuel-efficient.

A picture of the 2020 Audi A6.

The 5th generation Audi A6 looks really angry especially with the DRLs on

3. Volvo sedan diesel cars in the Philippines

Volvo S90 2.0 D4 AT

Variant
Horsepower and Torque
Price
Volvo S90 2.0 D4 AT
181 Hp, 400 Nm
Price on Request

For the midsize luxury sedan segment here in the Philippines, what Volvo has in store for the discerning executive is the Volvo S90.

When it comes to appearance, it’s a quintessentially Volvo, ahem, Swedish vehicle. Its front has the vertical slats that Volvo is known for.

A picture of the 2020 Volvo S90.

Very Swedish. Also, note that it probably has the most driver-assist technologies in a single car

Inside, the case is the same with the number of safety technologies it has like adaptive cruise control with queue assist, collision warning with full auto brake and pedestrian and cyclist detection, cross-traffic alert, blind spot information, active high beam, and driver alert control.

4. Maserati sedan diesel cars in the Philippines

Maserati Quattroporte Diesel 3.0 V6

Variant
Horsepower and Torque
Price
Maserati Quattroporte Diesel 3.0L V6
275 Hp, 600 Nm
Price on Request

>>> Find new and used Maserati Quattroporte for sale in the Philippines

While most of the Maserati Quattroporte’s variants are gasoline, the 3.0 L V6 diesel version sits in the middle of the pack in terms of price and power. Under the hood, it has a WM A630 V6 engine that can put out 275 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque.

A picture of the Maserati Quattroporte

It shares several parts from Ferrari so its essentially a four dour Ferrari

5. Hyundai sedan diesel car in the Philippines

Hyundai Accent 1.6 CRDi

Variant
Horsepower and Torque
Price
Hyundai Accent Sedan 1.6 CRDi MT
128 Hp, 260 Nm
₱910,000
Hyundai Accent Sedan 1.6 CRDi AT 128 Hp, 260 Nm ₱1,038,000

>>> View full Hyundai Accent Philippines price list with estimated installment

A picture of the Hyundai Accent.

The Accent is currently the most dominant diesel-powered sedan available in the Philippines right now

Now for the most popular and most enduring diesel sedan model here in the Philippines; the Hyundai Accent.

For the fifth-generation model initially introduced back in 2017, the Philippine version comes with the 1.6 CRDi which can make 128 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque. While that figure might be a tad smaller than what the 2015 version, the new engine runs much cleaner than ever before all the while providing a very impressive 24 km/l.

For more details about this Hyundai sedan diesel car, Read our in-depth Hyundai Accent Philippines Review.

Author

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.