By now, you may have heard that diesels are back in force and better than ever. Coincidentally, for 2015, the VW Golf is back — all-new for 2015 — and is also better than ever.

Put these two together, and you have a very, very appealing combination. For starters, the new Golf’s styling has been carefully evolved, remaining sleek and clean, but thanks to cool new headlamps and tail lamps, not plain. The interior is quieter than ever, full of nice soft-touch materials, and built with that sense of solidity that German cars are famous for.

Available options include navigation, Fender sound, pushbutton start, sport seats, and much more. Under the hood, VW’s perennial diesel engine is clean, quiet, and robustly powerful from a start, and will take you roughly five mpg further on a gallon of gas than its gasoline-powered equivalent.

Best of all, it only costs about a grand more than the gas version, meaning the upgrade will pay for itself sooner than later. There’s an adage in the car world that says that once you drive diesel, you never go back to gasoline. Drive the Golf TDI (or the Jetta sedan, Jetta Sportwagen, or Beetle TDI, for that matter) and see what that’s all about. I know I’m hooked.

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 5-door hatchback
Base Price: $22,815
Power: 2.0-liter diesel 4-cylinder inline-four (150 hp, 236 lb-ft of torque)
Transmissions: 6-speed manual/6-speed dual clutch automatic
Fuel Economy: 31/42 mpg (manual); TBD mpg (auto)

Or you could buy:
Chevrolet Cruze diesel
Mazda 3
VW Beetle TDI

Renowned automotive journalist and gay car geek Steve Siler has turned his life-long love of cars into a fruitful and enthusiastic career traveling the world to test thousands of new vehicles as they are introduced. Siler is s regular contributor to Car and Driver Magazine,,, AOL Autos and Yahoo! Autos, and also pioneered automotive writing for the LGBT community more than a decade ago.