Big Diesel myth busted: Diesel cars more expensive to run than petrol versionsJuly 18, 2012 by: Rituraj Mishra
Many had already planned for a Diesel car in the wake of petrol fuel price rise, but in a recent research it has been claimed that Diesel cars are not exactly money savers. The fact still stays true that Diesel cars will save you money per liter of fuel but for the price that you have paid, it might take upto 14 years for making any profit out of the car.
A report by Which? Says, “With drivers having to pay a premium for a diesel car – typically £1,000 to £2,000 more on a new car – our tests reveal it could take up to 14 years to recoup the up-front costs in fuel savings. Lower pump prices for petrol and advances in petrol-engine efficiency mean petrol cars now often provide better value for money.”
Similar spec petrol and diesel versions of six popular cars were compared and it was found that out of the six cars, four were in favor of having a petrol engine for an annual mileage of 10,000 miles.
The six cars on which the study was conducted were Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Astra, Volkswagen Tiguan, VW Sharan, BMW 5 Series and Peugeot 308 SW.
Professional drivers who account for greater miles annually will be profited by the Diesel car, but for normal buyer who doesn’t need to travel such kind of a distance Petrol cars are still the choice.
Although petrol is not a great option but it does sound apt for some cars that have super economical petrol engines.
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