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Petrol or Diesel, which one is best?

Are you a petrol head or a diesel devotee? Purchasing a new car can be a confusing task, here we look at the Petrol or Diesel great fuel debate.

Petrol or Diesel?

Petrol Cars

Are usually cheaper to purchase initially, so if short-term budget is a factor for you, this is a big benefit. Due to their small, highly efficient engines, petrol cars are better suited to shorter journeys, such as city living. Generally, they’re more economical in the long run with cheaper and less frequent services needed. And, as a rule, petrol cars deliver a smoother drive and sharper response, with faster acceleration and sportier edge.
Petrol cars don’t have a great resale value, so not the best return on investment. Also, engines in a petrol car don’t last as long as in a diesel, reaching about 150,000 miles, a diesel can almost double this.

Petrol or Diesel

Diesel Cars

Provide swift overtaking, so great for rural roads and motorway driving. And, although diesel cars cost more to buy initially, they’ll usually be worth a similar percentage more when you sell. Diesel engines offer better mileage, with 25-30% better fuel economy. They’re also great for towing thanks to their engines producing vast amounts of torque (pulling power). Although diesel fuel costs slightly more than petrol, they’re more efficient and economical.
The higher purchase price of diesel cars coupled with higher accident repair costs can lead to increased insurance costs. Historically diesel has always been cheaper than petrol at the pump, but now they’re almost sitting level (August 2017). With new diesel cars no longer benefiting from low car tax, residual values are set to decrease.


The Petrol or Diesel debate ultimately depends on individual circumstances. Where, and how you like to drive, how long you plan to keep the car and the miles you drive.

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