Ad Radar
Diesel Power
Mobile Icon BtnMobile Icon Btn RO
Newsletter

2014 Car and SUV Diesel Buyer’s Guide

The Next Wave Of Diesel Options

Text By Trevor Reed, Photography by The Manufacturers

Never before has the U.S. consumer had so many diesel vehicles to choose from. This month, we are focusing on all the diesel-powered cars and SUVs that will be available in 2014, with some familiar—albeit updated—faces, and some new entries never before powered by diesel in the U.S. marketplace. The following guide touches on all the things you need to know about this coming year’s crop of clean-diesel offerings.

Audi
Luxury automaker Audi is tripling the number of diesel models its selling in the United States. The A6 and A7 midsize sedans, A8 L extended-wheelbase large sedan, and the Q5 small SUV are now all available with a diesel under the hood. This is in addition to the Q7 SUV and the A3 small wagon already available. All of the new TDI models come standard with an eight-speed shiftable automatic transmission, Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system, and the second generation of Volkswagen Group’s 3.0L V-6 TDI engine. That powerplant is rated at 240 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque for the A6, A7, and Q5. It gets 240 hp and 406 lb-ft in the A8 L and the Q7, with peak horsepower and torque available for 250 rpm longer than in the other configuration. The 3.0L turbodiesel allows the A8 L to get 36 mpg, while the A6 and A7 can achieve up to 38 mpg.

Coming Soon:
Technically, the Audi A3 is currently unavailable, because it’s skipping the ’14 model year in preparation for the very early introduction of the 2015 model. The all-new A3 will include a four-door sedan trim for the first time, will be available with the 2.0L four-cylinder diesel, and will include Audi Drive Select, which allows you to adjust the throttle response, shift points, and steering effort. President of Audi of America, Scott Keogh, has been quoted saying the next generation of A4 will come to the U.S. with a TDI model, and we have our fingers crossed in hopes that the SQ5 TDI will also make its way here. That model adds a second turbo to the 3.0L for 313 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. It can also propel the small SUV from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds, while still managing a great fuel economy rating of 35 mpg.

BMW
BMW expands its diesel offerings this year with three new models and two new engines. The 3 Series diesel is back with an impressive 45 mpg highway rating (32 mpg city and 37 mpg combined ratings). The ’14 328d is powered by a new 2.0L four-cylinder turbodiesel that’s rated at 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The engine has a start-stop function that keeps it from wasting fuel while idling at stoplights, and it’s backed by a new eight-speed shiftable automatic transmission that can decouple from the engine for coasting. The 328d is also equipped with a brake energy regeneration system that disconnects the alternator during acceleration and uses brake power to keep the battery fully charged. Even with all these fuel-saving features, BMW says the 328d can travel from 0 to 60 mph in a little more than 7 seconds. Along with the rear-wheel-drive model, BMW is also selling an xDrive all-wheel-drive version of the sedan and an all-wheel-drive Sports Wagon that both get 43 mpg on the highway.

The updated ’14 BMW 5 Series sedan is also being offered in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. Under the hood of the 535d and 535d xDrive is an all-new 3.0L inline-six, which puts out 255 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, propelling the luxury sport sedan from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. This engine uses a single variable-geometry turbo in place of the previous two-turbo sequential design and is hooked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The same drivetrain is also found in the all-new South Carolina–built ’14 X5 xDrive35d SUV.

Coming Soon:
Nothing has been confirmed, but it’s possible a BMW 7 Series with the 3.0L diesel could come to the U.S. to compete with the Audi A8 L and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class fullsize sedans. We also wouldn’t be surprised to see 2.0L diesel versions of the X3 small SUV and 1 Series compact sedan now that Audi and Mercedes-Benz are selling similar models with diesel engines.

BMW
Displacement: 2.0L
Configuration: Inline four-cylinder
Power: 180 hp at 4,000 rpm
Torque: 280 lb-ft at 1,750 to 2,750 rpm
Turbocharging: Variable-geometry turbo
Bore x Stroke: 3.30 x 3.50 inch
Valvetrain: DOHC 16 valves
Head Material: Aluminum
Block Material: Aluminum
Transmission: Eight-speed shiftable automatic

Displacement: 3.0L
Configuration: Inline six-cylinder
Power: 255 hp at 4,000 rpm
Torque: 413 lb-ft at 1,500 rpm
Turbocharging: Variable-geometry turbo
Bore x Stroke: 3.30 x 3.50 inch
Valvetrain: DOHC 24 valves
Head Material: Aluminum
Block Material: Aluminum
Transmission: Eight-speed shiftable automatic

By Trevor Reed
Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!
1 comments
CanadaDennis
CanadaDennis

The Skyactiv diesel Mazda is offering is the most intriguing of the whole group.   Unfortunately it is not available yet due to emissions testing.  Maybe will be available in the new year.

Diesel Power