Should I choose petrol or a diesel car?

Posted on Friday, December 4, 2015 - 10:24

Don’t know if you should buy a diesel or a petrol car? Let’s take a look at the overall functions of each of these 2 types of vehicles to help you make a decision.

Performance factors

Petrol engines spin faster, so they offer more power. However, diesel engines will deliver huge torque at low revs, meaning that they get to produce a greater amount of low-rpm power. They can reach 2000 rpm in a blink of an eye, a level at which petrol engines cannot.

Fuel

As compared to petrol engines, diesel ones are more efficient when it comes to fuel. A diesel engine will get a 30-40% higher cruising range. So, with a tank of petrol you can cover 700 km, and with a diesel one you can exceed 1000 km.

Refilling aspects

When it comes to this aspect, a diesel car will be more expensive.

Pedal power

The thing about diesel is that there is no throttle. The accelerator pedal is connected to different things in diesel and petrol. Diesel cars will run open for air since there is no throttle. In this case, the accelerator is connected to the fuel delivery.

Economic aspects

Since diesel cars work better, they are worth more. The value of the car will reflect the extra cost of diesel when the car will be sold. The extra cost will be received back in time.

A diesel vehicle usually cost more than a petrol vehicle, and there are 2 main reasons for that. First – economies of scale. Second – the complexity of the engine but with that complexity comes better overall performance. 

Servicing costs

It does cost a bit more to service a diesel car. However, the difference between the maintenance costs of a petrol car and a diesel one is unnoticeable. Read our handy tips when it comes to servicing your car.

So, as a conclusion, try to drive both a diesel and a petrol car before buying anything. Compare them and then make a decision. Costing should not be the main factor in this decision, as sometimes its more about quality and what your looking for in a vehicle. 

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