Top 10 best diesel cars in the Philippines

Sep 20, 2017 | Same topic: Up-to-date consumer reports
Here is the list of 10 best diesel cars currently available in the Philippine market, according to the Euro 4 Fuel Eco Run contest organized by the Department of Energy and Petron. Check out now!

The market demand for diesel cars has always been on the rise thanks to its attractive combination of economy, technical refinement, and high performance. Admittedly, it is possibly more expensive to own a diesel car (in comparison with its gasoline counterparts).

However, if you have to travel long distance on a daily basis or prefer saving more money in the long term, a diesel car will be a perfect match for you. It is a matter of fact that diesel vehicles can help you save up to 29% of fuel consumption compared to gasoline-driven ones.

In June 2016, the Department of Energy and Petron organized the first Euro 4 Fuel Eco Run to produce a standard measure of fuel economy under the Philippine Energy Standards and Labeling Program (PESLP). The event attracted about 70 cars from 22 different brands. And it was not surprising that all of the top ten cars of the test run on diesel. 

Cars at the Euro 4 Fuel Eco Run organized by DOE in 2016

In June 2016, the Department of Energy and Petron organized the first Euro 4 Fuel Eco Run to produce a standard measure of fuel economy

If you are seeking a list of the best diesel cars in the Philippines, here are what you’re looking for.

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2018 Update:

1. Isuzu D-Max (LS 4x2 variant)

The Isuzu D-Max 2016 LS 4x2 variant is the champion of the test. It is so surprising that the Isuzu D-Max LS 4x2 is the model that uses least diesel on the list. With a fuel consumption of 38.46 HP/L, the car’s 3.0-liter engine stays cool and Zen-like even on the highways. In addition, both its Advanced Cylinder Head feature and Variable Geometry System Turbocharged engine allow saving fuel to become an easy task for the model.

Angular front of a white Isuzu D-Max LS 4×2 (Pickup)

The Isuzu D-Max LS 4×2 is the champion of the test

Price of the Isuzu D-Max LS 4X2 2017 in the Philippines
Variant Price
Isuzu D-Max LS 4X2  ₱ 1,220,000

2. Hyundai Accent (Sedan)

2016 seemed to be the year of Hyundai. Ranked at the second place, the Hyundai Accent Sedan saves more gas than its sixth-ranking sibling which is the Hyundai Accent Hatchback. In fact, it can steer, handle, and accelerate without being parched when traveling. The dynamo equipped with a light clutch allows you to drive smoothly and comfortably with low fuel consumption.

Angular front of a blue Hyundai Accent Sedan

Being in the second place, the Hyundai Accent Sedan saves more gas than its sixth-ranking sibling which is the Hyundai Accent Hatchback

Variants and prices of the Hyundai Accent sedan 2017
Variant
Price
Hyundai Accent Sedan 1.4 GL MT
₱ 678,000
Hyundai Accent Sedan 1.4 GL CVT ₱ 728,000
Hyundai Accent Sedan 1.6 CRDi GL MT  ₱ 768,000
Hyundai Accent Sedan 1.6 CRDi GL AT

₱ 878,000

3. Peugeot 301 (Sedan)

Despite having a hard-to-pronounce name, the Peugeot 301 sedan is truly easy-understanding when it comes to the car's fuel economy aspect. This feature makes the Peugeot 301 even better with a great performance. It’s not bad for an elegant car like that to take only about 4.4 L/100 km for a trip with some highway cruising, mountain trekking, and city driving.

Angular front of a grey Peugeot 301

Fuel economy makes the Peugeot 301 even better with a great performance

The Peugeot 301 2017 variants and prices
Variant Price
Peugeot 301 1.6 HDi MT ₱ 990,000
Peugeot 301 1.6 EC5 AT ₱ 1,090,000

4. Audi A3 2.0 TDI (Sedan)

Developed from a five-door hatchback to a four-door sedan, this small and luxury car goes well in both city and extramural streets. But this Audi A3 will really shine when it crosses highway speeds. Moreover, the best feature of the model is its 292 horsepower motor which can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds.

Angular side of an Audi A3 2.0 TDI (Sedan)

The best feature of the Audi A3 2.0 TDI (Sedan) is its 292 horsepower motor 

Audi A3 2.0 TDI (Sedan) 2017 Variants and Prices
Variant Price
Audi A3 Sedan 2.0 TDI Attraction ₱ 2,630,000
Audi A3 Sedan 2.0 TDI Ambition ₱ 2,730,000

5. Volkswagen Jetta TDI (Sedan)

A turbocharged diesel is one of the features that makes the Volkswagen Jetta TDI become a loyal German-made model. With a 2.0L TDI diesel engine, Jetta’s new design is frugal at the pumps. This car might take more fuel when running on highways, but use less gas when driven in town.

A silver  Volkswagen Jetta TDI on the road

A turbocharged diesel is one of the features that make the Volkswagen Jetta TDI become a loyal German-made model

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2017 Variants and Prices
Variant Price
Volkswagen Jetta Comfortline TDI DSG ₱ 1,100,000
Volkswagen Jetta Highline TDI DSG ₱ 1,200,000
Volkswagen Jetta Business Edition TDI DSG ₱ 1,250,000
Volkswagen Jetta Business Edition+ TDI DSG ₱ 1,300,000

6. Hyundai Accent (Hatchback)

The slight edge in horsepower than Jazz maybe a minus point for this car, additionally, the competitive price and no-frills fireball make it become a dream car for all true misers who want to save fuel. You can take advantage of the juicy torque at an earlier time in order to keep throttle inputs at a minimum level and lessen the fuel spent in traffic. Filipinos always appreciate this feature.

Angular front of a white Hyundai Accent Hatch (Hatchback)

The Hyundai Accent Hatch (Hatchback) becomes a dream car of many with an affordable price and fuel efficient engine

Hyundai Accent Hatchback 2017 Variants and Prices
Variant Price
Hyundai Accent Hatchback 1.6 CRDi GL MT ₱ 828,000
Hyundai Accent Hatchback 1.6 CRDi GL AT  ₱ 928,000

7. Toyota Innova

Although the Toyota Innova is designed ambitiously with every bit like an MPV but with added courage and power of an SUV, the fuel consumption fare is still pretty reasonable. Its geometry turbocharger takes less gas, especially when you transmit with the Eco Mode.

A silver Toyota on the road

Although the Toyota Innova is designed ambitiously with every bit like an MPV but added courage and power of an SUV

Toyota Innova 2017 Variants and Prices
Variant Price
Toyota Innova 2.0 J Gas MT  ₱ 954,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 J Diesel MT ₱ 1,056,000
Toyota Innova 2.0 E Gas MT ₱ 1,074,000
Toyota Innova 2.0 E Gas AT ₱ 1,154,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 E Diesel MT ₱ 1,186,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 E Diesel AT  ₱ 1,266,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 Touring Sport Diesel MT ₱ 1,275,000
Toyota Innova 2.0 G Gas AT ₱ 1,276,000
Toyota Innova 2.0 G Gas AT White Pearl ₱ 1,291,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 G Diesel MT ₱ 1,313,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 G Diesel MT White Pearl ₱ 1,328,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 Touring Sport Diesel AT ₱ 1,355,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 G Diesel AT  ₱ 1,393,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 G Diesel AT White Pearl ₱ 1,408,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 V Diesel AT ₱ 1,496,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 V Diesel AT White Pearl ₱ 1,511,000

8. Hyundai Tucson (CRDI)

Although its name is inspired from an old version, it is changed completely in design. With a powerful turbocharger, four-cylinder engine, solid gas economy and mid-range punch, you can drive fast and easily switch lanes in highways. However, crowded streets won’t always let you cross over every vehicle, but at least, you understand that the Hyundai Tucson (CRDI) can run smoothly with high speed. This Hyundai model also appears on the list of best diesel SUVs 2017 in the Philippines.

Angular front of a blue Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson also appears in the list of best diesel SUVs in the Philippines

Hyundai Tucson (CRDI) 2017 Variants and Prices
Variant Price
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi GL 4x2 AT ₱ 1,388,000
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi GLS 4x2 AT  ₱ 1,598,000

9. Tata Manza Aura (Sedan)

It is interesting to notice that its 1.3-litre Fiat Quadrate diesel engine is also used in the Chevrolet Spin. With mixed trips and straight highway economy, this engine allows decent fuel consumption. In addition, gearshifts and clutch are light and smooth, helping to handle traffic stops and starts easily.

A red Tata Manza Aura (Sedan) on the road

With mixed trips and straight highway economy, the Tata Manza Aura (Sedan) engine allows decent fuel consumption

Tata Manza Aura 2017 Price
Variant Price
Tata Manza Aura sedan ₱ 738,000

10. Isuzu MU-X LS-A 4x2

If you believe that bigger engines consume more petrol, think again with the Isuzu MU-X LS-A. This SUV’s large 3.0 engine can generate required power without putting stress on the engine, and its ultra-high-pressure common rail system supports to burn minimal fuel without making bad effects on performance.

The Isuzu Mu-X LS-A on the road

The Isuzu MU-X LS-A has a big engine but consumes very decent fuel

Isuzu MU-X 2017 LS-A 4x2 Variants and Prices
Variant Price
Isuzu MU-X 2.5 LS 4X2 MT
₱ 1,268,000
Isuzu MU-X 2.5 LS 4X2 MT (Silky Pearl White) ₱ 1,278,000
Isuzu MU-X 2.5 LS-A 4x2 MT ₱ 1,378,000
Isuzu MU-X 2.5 LS-A 4x2 MT (Silky Pearl White) ₱ 1,388,000
Isuzu MU-X 3.0 LS-A 4x2 AT ₱ 1,508,000
Isuzu MU-X 3.0 LS-A 4x2 AT (Silky Pearl White) ₱ 1,518,000
Isuzu MU-X 3.0 LS-A 4x2 AT (Black Series) ₱ 1,548,000