BMW’s oil-burning 3-Series is an upscale German car with VW-diesel-like performance, and actually just edges out the 34 mpg combined of VW’s Golf and Jetta TDI diesels – either of which nearly make this list and others have considered the VWs as Top-10 qualifiers.

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Power for the BMW is via a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine – as in the case of the VWs – and the BMW comes only with an automatic transmission that can be manually shifted as well.

Among the German prestige brands, the BMW 328d is the only compact diesel model offered in the U.S., with Audi and Mercedes-Benz opting to enter diesels in the mid-sized class.

We should note the 35 mpg 328d XDrive wagon could also have been chosen for this top-10 list but we focused on value-priced cars in making the cut.

MSRP for the 328d starts at $40,600 and options can drive prices into the 50s if you start to get excited about all the extras BMW makes available.