This story has been updated from Sept. 30, 2015 with additional information on a plan for recalls. 

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Do you like the idea of driving a diesel-fueled car, but Volkswagen's cheating on emissions tests has got you scared to buy one? Well, we have some options for you.

Things are progressing in the massive emissions scandal for Volkswagen (VLKAY) that has taken down its CEO and will likely cost the German car maker billions in fines and recalls. Last month, VW admitted to using software to cheat on emission tests on its diesel cars in the U.S., which regulators estimate to have affected about 482,000 cars sold in the U.S. Volkswagen said that the tally is closer to 11 million cars worldwide (5 million VW-brand cars). Those cars include models Jetta, Beetle, Golf, Passat and Audi sold over multiple years, according to U.S. regulators. Essentially the software made it look like the cars involved were more fuel efficient than they actually were.

The company said on Tuesday that it hopes to start recalls in Europe in January. It has not said anything yet about U.S. recalls. 

So what's the big deal about diesel fuel anyway? "Much of the appeal of diesels comes from their fuel economy, which is typically better than that of their gasoline-powered equivalents," despite higher price tags for the vehicles, according to Edmunds.com.

"Diesel engines are inherently more energy-efficient, and diesel fuel contains roughly 10%-15% more energy per gallon than gasoline," according to the preliminary 2016 fuel economy guide by the U.S. Environmental Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for diesel cars made by other manufacturers.

"In addition, new advances in diesel engine technology have improved performance, reduced engine noise and fuel odor, and decreased emissions of harmful air pollutants. Ultra-low sulfur diesel fuels also help reduce emissions from these vehicles," the report said.

TheStreet culled the 2016 fuel economy guide for diesel cars not made by Volkswagen or any of its other brands. The vehicles on this list all use ultra-low sulfur diesel and they're ranked from least fuel-efficient to most. 

9. Ram 1500

The 2016 Ram 1500 two-wheel drive has a 3.0 liter, 6-cylinder, automatic 8-speed turbo engine and gets an average 23 miles to the gallon. The four-wheel drive version gets 22 miles to the gallon. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $26,045. The Ram brand is a division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. 


8. Mercedes-Benz GLE300d 4matic

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL300d 4matic has a 2.1 liter, 4-cylinder, automatic 7-speed turbo engine and gets an average 24 miles to the gallon. The GLE300d 4matic's start at $52,500. Mercedes is owned by Daimler AG.


7. Range Rover TDV6

The 2016 Range Rover TDV6, owned by Land Rover, has a 3.0 liter, 6-cylinder, automatic S8 engine and gets an average 25 miles to the gallon. The 2016 Range Rovers start at $84,950.

6. Mercedes-Benz GLE350d 4matic

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE350d 4matic has a 3.0 liter, 6-cylinder, automatic 9-speed turbo engine and gets an average 26 miles to the gallon. The Mercedes GLE350 4matic SUV's start at a suggested retail price of $53,600. Mercedes is owned by Daimler AG.


5. BMW X3 xDrive28d

The 2016 BMW X3 xDrive28d has a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder, automatic S8 turbo engine and gets an average 30 miles to the gallon. The 2016 BMW SUV starts at $42,100.

4. BMW 535d

The 2016 BMW 535d has a 3.0 liter, 6-cylinder, automatic S8 turbo engine and gets an average 30 miles to the gallon. This 2016 BMW starts at $57,350.


3. Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC has a 2.1 liter, 4-cylinder, automatic 7-speed turbo engine and gets an average 33 miles to the gallon. The Mercedes E250 BlueTEC starts at a suggested retail price of $52,650. The Mercedes E250 BlueTEC 4matic gets an average 31 miles to the gallon and has a suggested retail price of $55,150. Mercedes is owned by Daimler AG.


2. BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon

The 2016 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon has a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder, automatic S8 turbo engine and gets an average 34 miles to the gallon. It starts at $44,150.


1. BMW 328d

The 2016 BMW 328d has a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder, automatic S8 turbo engine and gets an average 36 miles to the gallon. The 2016 BMW 328d starts at $39,850.