Can You Identify These Diesel Cars from an Image?


By: Robin Tyler

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

As the alternative to a gas-powered engined, diesel hasn't always had the best reputation. For example, during the oil crisis in the 1970s, many car manufacturers looked to diesel as an alternative.

Chevrolet, for instance, saw big diesel engines such as V8s, for example, as a way to ensure that car sizes didn't need to change. Americans could still have those huge sedans but now run them on diesel. No need, therefore, to move to a smaller design. The thing is, these diesel engines were simply not very good and at the end of the day, hurt diesel-powered cars and their reputations more than many realized. 

Luckily, today, diesel-powered cars are found in a range of models. In fact, most popular cars will have a diesel-powered version. If they don't, they certainly are missing out to their competitors. Modern diesel engines not only burn cleaner than their predecessors, they give excellent fuel consumption figures and perhaps, more importantly, have become ultra reliable. 

So after telling you the virtues of diesel, it's now time to see if you can identify a range of diesel-powered vehicles.

Take your time! This one might stump you.

This large vehicle is driven by diesel power. Can you name it?

A civilian version of the Humvee military vehicle, the Hummer H1 would obviously be more than capable as an off-roader. And it is but with limitations. In fact, some H1 owners went as far as changing out the standard 6.5-liter diesel engine and replacing it with something to provide more speed. Another disadvantage is that the H1 is a massive vehicle. You need a large, open off-road track for this behemoth.


Name this mini-car that runs on diesel power.

The Daimler Smart Car always brings up mixed reactions among car enthusiasts. You either love it or you hate it. Over and above gas-powered​ models, this small city car has had a number of diesel variants over the years with the engine clocking in at 800cc.


Big, bold, and brash. Please name this diesel pickup.

Ram pickups were first introduced in 1981 and were marketed by Dodge until 2011 when they became their own stand-alone​ brand. They include models such as the 2500 HD, powered by a diesel engine.


Can you identify the vehicle in this image?

For many generations now, Volkswagen has included a turbo-diesel version of its much-loved Golf brand.


This executive vehicle included a diesel-powered​ model. Can you name it, please?

In the mid-1980s, Mercedes launched the 190 range, their first compact executive range. It included a diesel-powered model, with a 2.5-liter diesel powerplant. These became famous for their incredible reliability.


This is one of the top-selling cars in the world. Can you name the make and model?

Since 2012, the Honda Civic has sold more than 1.6 million units in the United States alone. The Civic brand was first introduced by the Japanese automaker in 1972 in the subcompact car bracket. From 2000, however, the Civic has competed in the compact car class. Including sales up until the end of 2015, 18.5 million Civics have been sold worldwide, including many featuring diesel powerplants.


Please name this diesel-powered vehicle.

The Ford Super Duty is an excellent choice as an off-roader, particularly when you might be pulling a heavy load or even hauling extra equipment. With a solid beam axle, the Super Duty offers better axle articulation and has superior durability. Another plus is the ability to put​ on larger tires. Of course, a powerful diesel engine that produces plenty of torque helps as well.


Do you have any idea of the name and make of the diesel-powered vehicle featured in this image?

For lovers of all things American over foreign cars, the Regal makes perfect sense. Although the base entry is slightly underpowered, it handles well. The interior features some modern technology combined with a good overall finish. And there are diesel versions available as well.


A quality vehicle for sure, but can you name it?

Introduced to the market in 1994, the Audi A4l remains a popular executive car. All-in-all, the car has been respecced six times in the past 23 years with the B9 the current model. It has a range of power options, including petrol and diesel engines from 1800 to 3000 cc.


OK, it's getting a little tougher! Any idea what is the make and model of this vehicle?

A joint product of Renault and Dacia, this SUV was first marketed in 2009. Over and above the gas-powered powerplants in the Duster, it offers two diesel powerplants - a 1.2-liter turbo-diesel or a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder regular diesel motor.


There are some sleek lines on this popular vehicle. Can you name it?

This mid-sized luxury crossover SUV based on the BMW 6 series platform was first produced in 2007. Now in its second generation, around 7,000 are sold in the United States each year, including the xDrive40d diesel-powered version.


Name this diesel SUV, please.

In production since 2004, the Tuscon is a front-wheel drive, 5-door SUV competing in the compact crossover segment for Hyundai. From 2009, it became known as the IX-35 in many markets around the world. Around 300,000 units of this vehicle have sold in the United States since 2012 with the diesel-powered models proving very popular.


Are you able to identify this diesel-powered '80s vehicle?

A rebadged Ford Escort, the Lynx was marketed by Mercury from 1981 to 1987. Three power plants were available for this 3- or 5-door hatchback, including a 2.0-liter diesel engine supplied by Mazda.


This one is a breeze! Make and model, please.

The Impala marque has been used by Chevrolet since the 1950s. The current generation, the tenth, was introduced in 2013 and takes the form of a 4-door sedan. It has three powerplant options from 2.4 to 3.6-liter and only offers an automatic transmission. More than 650,000 units have been sold in the United States since 2012, including a diesel-powered variant.


The car in this image is a __________.

Produced by Citroen between 1997 and 2006, the Xsara, a small family car, offered a diesel alternative to the regular gas-driven models. These included a range of different engines from 1.5-liter right up to 2.0-liter turbo diesels.


This European model has a diesel option. It is a __________.

A compact executive car, the 9-3 was marketed by SAAB from 1998 until 2014. The second generation had many diesel options as powerplants, including a 2.2-liter engine which produced 123 brake horsepower.


This diesel SUV is a fairly new model in Europe and other parts of the world. What is it?

The Opel Mokka is the German car manufacturer’s current SUV offering. It was launched in 2012 and is available in a number of markets. This SUV is marketed in China and the USA but as the Buick Encore. The Mokka offers both petrol and diesel powerplants.


This image features _________?

Pretty much the same vehicle as the Chevrolet Express, the Savana is a full-sized van first introduced in 1995. Early models were powered by a hulking 6.5-liter Detroit Diesel V8 engine.


Can you name this vehicle powered by a diesel engine?

This compact car was sold by Holden in Australia between 1975 and 1986. During this time, there were two generations of the Gemini, both based on an Isuzu platform. The second generation was only available as a 4-door sedan after the first had offered a range of body styles.


Identify this classic beauty, please?

The Alfa 6 was a model from Italian marque Alfa Romeo and was produced between 1979 and 1986. Three models were available, including a diesel version powered by a 2.5-liter, 5 cylinder turbo-diesel engine which produced 103 brake horsepower.


Can you name the make and model of the vehicle that appears in this image, please?

A Cadillac for Europe, the BLS is manufactured by SAAB and is a reworked version of their 9-3. It was produced between 2005 and 2009 in Sweden and 2009 to 2010 in Russia. Production ceased as a result of poor sales.


Can you name this diesel-powered luxury car?

Produced from 2004 to the present, the Chrysler 300 is a full-sized luxury model with sales of more than 1 million units​ in 14 years. A popular model is the diesel, which is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine.


The vehicle pictured here is diesel powered. Do you know what it is?

It's not pretty but does a panel van need to be? The Fiat Doblo was first introduced in 2000 and continues to be Fiat's delivery van model. Over the years, the Doblo has had three diesel engine options from which to choose, including a 1.3-Multijet diesel engine.


A diesel-powered minivan is a great way to carry the family in style! Name this one, please.

One of the cheapest minivan options available, the Sedona, from Korean auto manufacturer Kia, has met the highest of safety standards, an important consideration when traveling with your family. It offers a diesel engine version as well.


This is the first diesel-powered car to reach 200 km/h. What is it?

The Covini B24 Turbo was a diesel-powered experimental car built by Covini Engineering in Italy. Powered by a 2.4-liter turbo-diesel engine, the B24 reached over 200 km/h, making it the first diesel-powered car to do so. Only nine were ever built.


This one's easy, right? OK then, name the maker and model.

A great off-roader thanks to its super 4 wheel drive system, the Liberty is something that wants to be out on the trails. It is a Jeep after all. And it’s a looker to boot. Of course, a diesel-powered model is available as well.


Can you name the vehicle in the image?

The Maxima, a full-sized sedan, has been a Nissan model since 1981. Now in its eighth generation, the Maxima power options include either a straight-four or V6 engine as well as diesel power.


The car in this picture is a _______.

Three diesel-powered versions of the Citroen AX were produced between 1986 and 1998 and included gas and diesel-powered models. The AX was available as either a 3-door or 5-door hatchback.


Name this SUV, please.

A popular SUV, the TD4 version of the Land Rover Freelander, as its name would suggest, was powered by a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel engine from Ford.


This is a luxury car driven by a diesel powerplant. Can you name it?

A Lexus model since 1999, the current generation of the IS, the third, has a range of powerplant options: petrol, diesel, and hybrid.


Are you able to identify this vehicle?

Produced by Rover from 1988 to 1995, the Montego was originally an Austin model. The MDi model was powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine capable of 81 brake horsepower.


The vehicle in this image is a _________.

The Partner was introduced by Peugeot in 1996. It has a number of models, including a panel van and people carrier, some of which are powered by a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine.


A 1.2-liter diesel engine drives this station wagon. Can you name the make and model?

The ST is an estate version of SEAT's Ibiza and was announced in 2010. It has two power plant options, one gas and one 1.2-liter diesel.


It's certainly not pretty, but can you name it?

Produced between 1980 and 1983, the Talbot Tagora was a product of Chrysler Europe and Peugeot. One of the powerplant options was a 2.4-liter turbo diesel engine. The vehicle's lifespan was shortlived as sales were terrible. In short, the Tagora was a massive flop.


Name the SUV in this image, please.

One of Mazda's most popular SUVs, the CX-5 first entered the market in 2012. Using the company's Skyactive Technology, the CX-5 offered excellent fuel consumption as well as reduced emissions, an important part of Mazda's future vision. The second generation was released in 2017 and features a 6-speed automatic gearbox and three gas engine options as well as a diesel option.


Almost there! Name this SUV, please.

Also known as the Montero in parts of the world, this Mitsubishi model has excellent off-road pedigree and won the Paris-Dakar rally on its third attempt in 1985. The current models are powered by a range of power plants.


This SUV currently has six diesel options. Talk about choice! Do you know what the make and model is?

The European Car of the Year in 1997, the Scenic is an MPV from Renault now in its fourth generation. It offers six diesel powerplant options.


Please name the vehicle in the image.

The Swift is a roadcar produced by Suzuki. It is fairly popular around the world and includes a Sport version driven by a diesel engine.


Identify this crossover SUV, please.

This compact crossover SUV is a new model released by Volvo in 2017. This front-engined all-wheel drive vehicle is powered by either 2.0-liter petrol or diesel engine. It was designed by Ian Kettle and Thomas Ingenlath.


At the finishing line! Just name the make and model of this MPV, please.

Called the Fun Cargo in Japan and the Yaris Verso in other markets, this mini MPV was a Toyota model from 1999 to 2005. It was initially available with either a 1.3 or 1.5-liter engine until 2001 when diesel powered model was introduced.


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