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Can you make the UK 'diesel dump' work for you? 4 of the most popular imported diesels
There are lots of diesels on the Irish market at the moment. How can you make the best of it?

THERE IS NO doubt about it, the number of cars being imported into Ireland is on the rise. Favourable exchange rates and the significant differences in taxation make some models seem like an absolute bargain compared to the prices being charged for in Ireland, like-for-like.

Add to that a continuing drop in demand for diesel cars in the UK, which has been steadily falling for more than a year. The combination of these factors, along with our current taxation system that favours diesel due to their lower CO2 emissions could see Ireland become something of a dumping ground for years to come.

Not everyone is a fan of diesel, and in reality, they don’t suit a lot of motorists. But modern diesel cars do offer favourable levels of fuel economy, especially if you’re a frequent motorway commuter. Here’s a look at some of the most popular models currently being imported.

1. Ford Focus

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Ford is just starting sales of its all-new Ford Focus model, so if you’re in the market for one with a previous owner, there is going to be plenty of choice over the coming months. If you want more power choose the 2.0-litre TDCi, but the smaller 1.5-litre TDCi has emissions of 99g/km, placing it in one of the lowest tax bands and is claimed to consume 3.8 litres/100km on a combined cycle. Even taking that with a pinch of salt means respectable fuel economy.

2. Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI

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The Volkswagen Golf has consistently been one of the most popular models in Ireland, and for good reason. The current Mk7 model might not have long left to run, but even six years after its introduction it remains one of the benchmarks of the segment for drivability and refinement. Opt for a manual 1.6-litre TDI if you’re looking for more frugal motoring.

3. Opel Insignia

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It’s almost impossible to travel on a motorway in Ireland without coming across an Opel Insignia. Popular with private buyers and company car drivers alike, Opel’s flagship saloon sold in steady numbers here. Big fuel tanks and reasonably economical engines make it an excellent choice for the long-distance driver. It doesn’t have the lowest of emissions ratings, with many lying in Band C (€390 per year); still, that’s better than some older cars.

4. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

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If you’re looking for something to fit all the family in but don’t see the point in an SUV, then you could land a bit of a bargain with a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. It has seven seats, loads of space and is comfortable to drive. Handy for the school run and driving holidays. Our tip is to go for the manual version.

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