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Fuel Types

Driving efficiently – fuel types

When looking to purchase a vehicle with impressive green credentials, the fuel type will have a major impact on performance in this area. Although diesel engines are traditionally more frugal than petrol options, this can depend on your driving style and the road conditions you expect during everyday motoring. Everything from the electrical equipment included to practical accessories will impact on fuel consumption, so it’s therefore important to consider your precise requirements before shopping for a new vehicle.

Here, we explore the benefits and drawbacks of both options so you can make the best decision.

Diesel’s strong reputation

Traditionally, diesel engines are more efficient than petrol alternatives as the former is more energy dense, meaning a tank of diesel goes further. However, this is a very general understanding, and doesn’t take into account the individual circumstances of all motorists.

The advantages of choosing a diesel over a petrol are typically seen over longer distances where the higher mpg figure begins to add up. If the majority of your journeys include long stints on the motorway, it may therefore be beneficial to opt for a diesel. However, if you only use your vehicle for short and infrequent journeys, the benefits may not be as obvious when you consider the other costs involved.

Consider your requirements first

When shopping for your next vehicle, consider first precisely what it needs to feature, including equipment levels and additional accessories. If you’re after a high spec model with plenty of kit, or you expect to be towing trailers, the negative impact on efficiency will be less obvious with a diesel. However, if you’re after agile performance and don’t need a workhorse, a petrol may be better suited to your requirements.

Cost differences

When it comes to costs, you can expect to pay more on initial outlay for a diesel, as they generally come with a higher price tag. The cost of petrol is also a few pence cheaper per litre, which can make a difference if you don’t expect to visit the pump that often. Although the cost of parts tends to be cheaper for a petrol-powered model, you won’t need to visit the garage for efficiency-enhancing maintenance as frequently, so the cost balances out over time.

Although the benefits of choosing a diesel are well-known, much depends on your own individual circumstances and driving style. It makes sense to discuss your requirements with a professional before committing to a purchase, and with Charles Hurst you can gain expert advice across Northern Ireland.