Is a diesel car right for me?
We’ll admit, diesel doesn’t have the best of reputations at the moment. With the advent of electric vehicles and cleaner, greener petrol engines, the humble diesel has fallen out of favour for many. However, it still has its place and, for a lot of drivers, is still the best option to go for.
But should you go for a diesel or would another fuel work out better? Let’s take a look.
How far do you travel?
Mileage is one of the most important areas of consideration when looking at what type of fuel you’re going to choose. Those drivers doing more than 20,000 miles a year, for instance, will benefit from the increased fuel economy that diesel offers.
Even though diesel is slightly more expensive to buy than petrol, in most cases diesels even out in cost terms because of their improved economy.
If, however, you’re doing fewer miles then a petrol or electric vehicle would be a better fit.
Where are you usually driving?
Diesels are efficient providing they’re warm and up to temperature. They do, however, take some time to reach that point. It means that during the first ten minutes of a journey they’re at their most inefficient.
This means that if you only do short trips, your diesel engine is never getting properly up to temperature. As well as being more polluting, there’s the chance that the engine never gets to ‘clear’ properly and could clog up, resulting in a breakdown.
How heavily loaded are you?
One thing that diesels do deliver is low-down pulling power. It means that if you’re planning on using your car for towing or carrying heavy goods, then a diesel is a smart choice.
Diesels won’t strain as much when weighed down, which makes them more pleasant to use. Not only that, but they’re slightly more efficient than petrol during these circumstances.
Which cars are you considering?
The type of car you’re looking at can often dictate which type of engine you choose. Many cars are only available as a petrol, for instance, while others only have diesel or electric options.
For example, there isn’t a single petrol-powered crew-cab pickup currently available in the UK, with all of the models on sale using diesel.
As with all things, it’s best to take into consideration all of your different requirements before choosing a fuel type. For many people, a petrol, hybrid or electric could actually be the right choice but for those doing larger miles or looking to save money on fuel, a diesel could still be the right way to go.