Despite the ecological penalty that strikes it, diesel engines continue to prevail for the fringe of customers who drive the most. When the vehicle has to travel tens of thousands of kilometers each year, this choice may still make sense in terms of total cost of use (TCO) even beyond taxation. The consumption of the most recent models is indeed very reasonable.

Here are a few examples, presented according to the monthly rents in long-term contracts, retained over the tests of the writing of Les Echos.


Citroën C3 Aircross

Citroën C3 AircrossCitroën

Citroën C3 Aircross (BlueHDI 110 ch S&S)

With “only” 110 hp under the hood, the small Citroën SUV maintains its average consumption below 5 l / 100 km. It is nevertheless not unarmed to face long journeys. Its comfort and soft suspension even make it a good motorway companion! As for its length, it compensates for the absence of an automatic gearbox, reserved for the 120 hp version, unfortunately more greedy and expensive …

Environmental, fiscal & financial portrait – CO2: 122 g / km – Consumption: 4.7 l / 100 km – Malus: none – Resale: delicate (estimate) – Face price: 24.550 euros – Rent to be targeted: 240 euros / month.




VW Golf GTDVolkswagen

VW Golf (GTD)

To drive far and long in peace at the wheel of a real “highway”, the Golf GTD (whose new generation has just been presented) is more than recommendable: 200 hp, revs as powerful as a GTI and a camel’s appetite… 1,000 kilometers of autonomy is not a figment of the imagination. In the early 2000s, this sedan would have been applauded. Today, its “Crit’air 2” sticker and its penalty limits it only to motorway professionals for 2 to 3 years, no more.

Environmental, fiscal & financial portrait – CO2: 137 g / km – Consumption: 5.0 l / 100 km – Malus: 150 euros – Resale: Delicate (estimate) – Face price: 42,610 euros – Rent to be targeted: 400 euros / month.



Renault Space

Renault Space

Renault Espace (Blue dCi 160 EDC)

Star of the 80s (first European minivan in history), the Renault Espace, recently restyled, is still today this automobile particularly pleasant “to live” with its glazed surfaces, its habitable volume and its serenity … In the absence of hybrid system, diesel engines are the only ones to officiate. They always make the happiness of a few big rollers who appreciate its comfort of limousine at a fixed price and easily negotiable. A welcome gesture to include in the budget a penalty taken from inflation season after season …

Environmental, fiscal & financial portrait – CO2: 175 g / km – Consumption: 6.5 l / 100 km – Malus: 4,279 euros – Resale: Delicate (estimate) – Face price: 54,500 euros – Rent to be targeted: 500 euros / month.


Mercedes S Class

Mercedes S ClassThegoodclick

Mercedes S-Class (S 400 d 4Matic)

Gigantic screens, floor-to-ceiling leather and rear seats that rival those present in “Business class” … The Mercedes S-Class is much more than a limousine: a monument adored by great entrepreneurs, great sportsmen, big players and… drivers. Fifty years that it lasts and that the phenomenon, which sets out again for a turn, will seduce new admirers in love with its reliability, in particular in diesel. While waiting for plug-in hybrid versions.

Environmental, fiscal & financial portrait – CO2: 174g / km – Consumption: 6.5 l / 100 km – Malus: 4,026 euros – Resale: delicate (estimate) – Face price: 100,600 euros. Rent to aim: 990 euros / month.


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