Indeed, about a week later a competitive vehicle, the Audi Q7 TDI, didn’t set off her alarm bells. “Oh, you mean this is a diesel?” she asked after a couple of hours in the passenger seat.
Diesels have grown up, as automakers including Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen have been proving with new models engineered to take advantage of new ultra-low-sulfur fuel. These modern diesels, most of them using on-board urea to neutralize smog-forming pollutants, meet nationwide emissions standards, are relatively quiet and start without swearing.
The diesel has become so seamless and the mileage so good that you can’t help but wonder if the technology could become the most realistic high-mileage solution for large passenger vehicles until other technologies are perfected.
Source: The New York Times