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On The Road: Diesel Vs Petrol

On The Road: Diesel Vs Petrol

Date: Friday 1st August 2014

As a contractor, business owner or service man, you may find that a lot of your time is actually spent on the road moving in between jobs. This means that your choice of car and fuel type is extremely important.

Diesel vs petrol? Which option is better, both for you and the environment? Here is a direct comparison between the two, comparing the pro’s and con’s of both diesel and petrol, however the final decision comes down to your needs.


Diesel cars hold their value better than gasoline cars. Some of the pro’s of diesel include:

  • Greater fuel economy for long journeys
  • Higher resale value
  • More torque than petrol, therefore less gear changes

However with all of the pro’s come a few cons for diesel including:

  • Diesel-vehicles being more expensive than petrol-vehicles
  • The car itself, and engine parts are more expensive to buy
  • Diesel engines emit more particles than petrol
  • Diesel engines are generally noisier, however in recent years their noise quality has improved and now it is not a significant issue

“According to research firm ALG, compact diesels held 63% of their value after 36 months. For gasoline cars, the number was 53%. Hybrids, 55%. The reason being is that there are fewer diesel cars on the market, so used ones command higher prices. They are also “tremendously fuel efficient,” Gutierrez said, a big selling point when gas prices are so high. “Demand is outpacing supply,” he noted” (Reference: Davies, A 2013). Through this list of pro’s and con’s it can be determined that diesel is a better long term car, for those travelling far distances.


Some pro’s of a petrol engine include:

  • The car being cheaper to buy outright
  • It is quieter
  • It can be cheaper to service along with the parts for the engine are cheaper and the petrol is generally cheaper, simply because there are a lot of petrol cars on the road

The con’s of petrol include:

  • A reduced fuel economy on long journeys
  • Resale values are a lot less
  • Large cars running on petrol have less power making overtaking manoeuvres more difficult resulting in using more fuel
Through looking at petrols pro’s and con’s it can be determined that a petrol car is a great low budget, first car or a car for someone who isn’t travelling great distances and merely needs it to get from point A to point B.

Final decision?

From the information above, it can be determined that diesel is worthwhile for people who drive a lot, and that anyone else should choose a petrol-driven car. A diesel-powered car consumes up to 25% less fuel, but petrol-powered cars are generally cheaper in terms of purchase buying outright, insurance, and running costs (Bosch, 2014).

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