5 Fuel-Efficient Volkswagen Diesel Cars Not Caught up in Emissions Scandal – TheStreet.com

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Would you be willing to purchase a Volkswagen vehicle, even if it was not named in the group where VW U.S. cheated emissions tests?

The German car manufacturer admitted to using software to cheat on emission tests on its diesel cars in the U.S., which regulators estimate to have affected about 482,000 cars sold in the U.S. (the tally is closer to 11 million cars worldwide). Those cars include models Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat and Audi models sold over multiple years. Essentially the software made it look like the cars involved were more fuel efficient than they actually were.

But The Volkswagen Group actually has 12 brands across seven European countries. They are: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN.

What’s the big deal about diesel fuel anyway? “Much of the appeal of diesels comes from their fuel economy, which is typically better than that of their gasoline-powered equivalents,” despite higher price tags for the vehicles, according to Edmunds.com.

TheStreet culled the preliminary 2016 fuel economy guide by the U.S. Environmental Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for diesel cars made by other Volkswagen brands. The vehicles on this list all use ultra-low sulfur diesel. Are you game to buy one despite the VW scandal?

1. Porsche Cayenne Diesel

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne diesel has a 3.0 liter, 6-cylinder, automatic S8 turbo engine and gets an average 23 miles to the gallon. It has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $62,300.


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