Petrol vs. Diesel: Which Should You Choose?

If you’re buying a new car, then you may be stuck with the decision between petrol and diesel. Both have advantages and disadvantages, and the one that you choose will depend on your circumstances and the type of driving that you’re doing.

The Advantages of Diesel

Diesel engines are being developed to be just as good in terms of performances, smoothness and noise levels – they are definitely quieter than they used to be. They are also able to produce high torque at low speeds, which means that they are good for overtaking and towing. Diesel engines will give you more miles per gallon, on average up to 15-20% more than petrol equivalents.

Diesel has lower CO2 emission levels, which means that they have lower road tax bands than petrol.

The Advantages of Petrol

Petrol is quieter, though there isn’t enough of a difference between them for this to warrant a real reason to plump for petrol instead of diesel. Cars with petrol engines are cheaper to buy, and petrol itself is cheaper at the pump too. Petrol vehicles are closing the gap in terms of efficiency and environmental impact too.

If you’re looking for a speedy car, then petrol may be the choice for you – petrol engines tend to weigh less than diesel.

How to Make the Decision

When making the decision, there are four factors that you need to take into consideration:

-          Mileage per year

-          Vehicle fuel economy (MPG)

-          Fuel cost per gallon

-          Road tax

Calculate these things with regards to potential petrol and diesel cars and you should be able to see which is better for you, and crucially which is more affordable, as a driver.

More often than not, if you intend to on driving a lot, then it is usually work paying more and going for diesel, but if you don’t drive that much, then paying less for the car itself will work better for you.

 Tip: Vehicle purchase price and resell value

If you’re looking to save money, then this is one of the best ways to do it. Buy a used car for a really good purchase price, then sell it a year later for a similar price, and you’ll eliminate a loss. You’ll need to buy competitively and sell it for its market value, which seems like a lot of work but it could save you thousands.