Written by : The Car People | Published on:: 07/09/2017
Diesel cars account for half of vehicle sales in the UK. Modern
We’ve put together this guide to help you make an informed decision regarding the choice between petrol, diesel or alternative fuel types.
Diesel engine cars can cost more than their petrol counterparts, so you’re going to be spending more, paying more in interest or buying an older car when compared to the petrol equivalent.
We all know fuel economy is better with a diesel, with sometimes significantly lower consumption on modern
However, the price of diesel is slightly more expensive than petrol, so you need to ensure you’re covering enough mileage per year to recoup that increased cost.
Diesel cars are more expensive to insure than petrol cars. This is partly due to the increased purchase cost of the vehicle, but also to do with some of the expensive parts in modern diesel fuel systems.
Lower emissions of modern
Dependent on the manufacturer and the engine fi ed, some diesel cars can need more frequent servicing, so please be aware of any diﬀerences if you’re trying to compare.
Nearly all modern diesel cars are fitted with a diesel particulate filter (
Also, most modern
Taking everything into account, industry experts believe you would need to drive about 10,000 miles per year for a used diesel car to be more cost-eﬃcient than a petrol one. This does depend on the type of usage, as some of the modern small capacity and high output engines will perform better in congestion and town driving.
For the right user, a diesel car will save money and oﬀer many years of hassle-free motoring.
Hybrid and electric vehicles are becoming a more common sight on the
Hybrid cars have a normal diesel or petrol engine which runs alongside an electric motor. There are two types: the plug-in hybrid, which you can charge at home overnight, and a more conventional version which uses power from the petrol or diesel engine to charge the electric motor. The technology has been around for a few years and is beginning to mature. In some cases, hybrids can be a way of reducing fuel economy and reducing emissions. The electric motor can also assist when pulling away or accelerating.
Plug-in hybrids are quite a recent addition to the market, so there is slightly more limited availability. While they give you the benefit of greater full electric range and the ability to recharge from the mains, the greater cost is only balanced out if you perform mainly shorter journeys, when you can drive the vehicle solely on electric power.
Fully electric cars have no combustion engine of any type and are purely driven by electric motors. They are also quite limited in supply and choice of body type. Other than the Nissan Leaf, electric cars tend to feature at the top end of the market; however, as the technology improves, it is likely that more aﬀordable options will become available. Earlier versions had very short ranges and long charge times, but battery technology is improving and some vehicles can now cover around 200 miles on one charge.
The only downsides with electric power at the moment are the limited range and the time it takes to recharge the battery. Both are key considerations when deciding whether an electric car is right for you.
Your advisor will be more than happy to discuss your options if you’re looking at one of our alternative fuel vehicles.