Diesel power is becoming ever more popular in the UK, but is it really worth the extra initial purchase cost over a petrol model. We all know diesel is more expensive at the pump than petrol, but its okay when you get superb fuel economy. Well, the value of a diesel over petrol isn't as black and white as you may think as there are many other factors to consider.
Petrol combustion makes more sense in certain models of car, providing you do your research. Statistically, you would have to travel 60,000 miles on average to break even with the more expensive purchase cost, which is staggering. The best way to dig deeper is to way up the pro's and cons of each, starting with diesel power.
1. Diesel models are cheaper to tax.
2. Diesel model depreciate slower.
3. Diesel engines have more torque, (pulling power).
4. Diesel engines are capable of higher mileage.
5. Modern diesels produce less CO2 emissions.
1. Petrol models are cheaper to buy both new and used.
2. Petrol is cheaper to buy at the pump.
3. Petrol engines characteristically have better acceleration.
4. Petrol is a cleaner fuel.
5. Petrol engines are smoother and quieter.
1. Diesel engines clatter like agricultural machinery.
2. Diesels have particulate filters which clog up with soot.
3. Diesel is a dirty fuel.
4. Diesels struggle to start on cold mornings.
5. Diesels have slower acceleration on average.
1. Petrol engines are weak so require more gear changes.
2. Petrol depreciates faster.
3. Petrol engines produce more CO2 emissions.
4. Petrol engines are more expensive to run, less miles per gallon.
5. Petrol engines are less robust and reliable.
So, overall there are many factors to consider, each have their benefits and drawbacks, but overall it depends on how you use your vehicle. If you commute long distance, a diesel model would be more cost effective in the long term, however, if you only use you can to drive into town, a petrol model would be more cost efficient.