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What are the key differences between petrol and diesel cars?

Petrol and diesel cars seem to be equally popular in the UK, so which is truly the best for your lifestyle? Surprisingly, there are quite a few differences between the two and perhaps it’s best to compare like-for-like to find out which is the most economical for you.

There are many aspects to consider and even just from a monetary perspective you’ll need to think about servicing, MOTs, cost of fuel and the price of the car.

So without further ado, let’s compare petrol and diesel cars.

Buying your new car

When it comes to buying a car, diesel cars do hold their value better, so you’ll be spending more initially. In fact, consumer watchdog Which?say this initial difference in price can be over £1,000, when you compare it to a petrol model.

This isn’t conclusive though, as a lot will come down to the overall wear, mileage and age of the model.

Cost at the petrol station

When you go to your local Esso, Shell or even supermarket petrol station, you’ll be confronted with both petrol and diesel. You’ll probably have noticed that diesel is more expensive and filling up your car would cost you around £3 more each time.

Fuel efficiency verdict

So, diesel cars will cost more to fill up, but will they get you further? Experts believe so and whilst there’s a 5% price difference at the petrol station, a diesel can take you a further 25%. In fact, over 30,000 miles you can save £498 with a diesel, according to The Telegraph.

Tax and insurance costs

Tax and insurance take quite a lot from your wage packet. From a tax perspective, diesels will be kinder to your bank balance as they tend to be more eco-friendly by creating fewer carbon emissions. Just make sure you know the latest tax regulations, as advised by Jardine Motors.

Servicing, insurance and MOT costs will be dictated by the size of the engine, value and model, rather than if it’s a diesel/petrol car.

Overall driving experience

There is no set answer here and theoretically it’s going to come down to your personal preference and how you find each car. Every car is a different experience and test-driving the vehicle is the true way of ensuring it’s right for you.

If there are any differences between petrol and diesel cars in this regard, some may say the diesel engine can be noisier. Petrol cars may also have an edge in acceleration.

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