Originally Posted by Dragon
As for diesels, I think you just have to try out various models. I have driven some that seem like gasoline cars, and others that sound like tractors. The high end ones (like MB) are not like tractors at all.
Modern diesels are nothing like tractors. Fuel economy is superior to the gasoline models and performance is often better than with comparable gasoline models. Also more comfortable to drive with manual transmission since the torque is so much higher.
BMW 320i - 0-100km/h in 8,2 seconds, fuel economy 6,1l/100km (38MPG)
BMW 320d - 1-100km/h in 7,9 seconds, fuel economy 4,8l/100km (49MPG)