With the market for diesel used cars getting bigger and bigger, with diesel technology constantly advancing and with many diesel cars being produced, it may be time (if you haven’t already) to consider at least test driving a diesel car. Upon doing so you should find that diesels are much smoother than is commonly perceived and they are no longer slow and noisy.
The main advantage of a diesel is that it is much better for the environment but the advantages don’t just stop at trees and natural greenery, it will also help you save green in your pockets as diesels offer a better fuel economy than petrol.
If you have only driven petrol cars until now, buying a diesel can be quite a big choice, so here are some pros and cons for you to consider:
- CO2 Emissions - CO2 Emissions are lower than petrol which will please Mother Nature; it will also mean you have a greater chance of qualifying for free road tax.
- Fuel Economy- Fuel economy is much better in diesel cars, commonly offering around 10 more miles per gallon than its petrol equivalent.
- Longevity- Diesel engines usually last longer than petrol engines
- Cost - diesels cost more than petrol cars (for example if you are after an Audi A4 you could pay a few thousand pounds more for a diesel version), and you will only make that money back from the money you will save on fuel economy, if you travel long distances regularly.
- Servicing - You may have to get a diesel car serviced more than you would a petrol.
- Less choice – less diesel models on the market, at the moment anyway.
Mainly it comes down to whether or not you will get your monies worth from driving a diesel, as it is more expensive to by a diesel than it is a petrol, do you drive enough to make that money back on how much you will spend on fuel?