Good Value? Petrol vs. Diesel

The UK is amongst the most expensive places to buy fuel In Europe, claiming first for petrol and
second for diesel respectively. Considering the economical problems facing just about anyone at the
moment, every penny well and truly counts. To many people cars are vital components in everyday
life, so fuel costs are an issue vehicle owners have to think strongly about.

Diesel in the past has been well renowned to give you more MPG (miles per gallon) and the same is
true today. A quick glance at a Ford Fiesta TDI diesel consumption spec, compared to that of the 1.4
petrol models, lists MPG at 69 for diesel and 49 for petrol. But put into the context of the present,
where diesel engines are usually at least £1000 more expensive than their petrol brothers, the
greater cost of running them, it could take a very long time to see any return on your investment.

The perks of petrol

Petrol engines are largely considered both quieter and faster than a diesel run machine. Petrol is
thinner than diesel, due to being made up of smaller molecules. The result of their make-up causes
them to have a lower boiling range than petrol, meaning they ignite quicker and the engine to runs
under less strain. This wouldn’t mean much to the average car user, unconcerned with the cars
internal performance but it also pays dividends at the pumps. Petrol is currently 4ppl cheaper than
diesel but you need more of it. As I previously mention, the miles per gallon of petrol is inferior to
that of diesel.


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The current value of diesel

Recently there has been a myriad of articles expressing the virtues of buying petrol over diesel. Both
the Daily Mail and Telegraph reported figures suggesting diesel would only make economic sense
over the course of a 14 year investment. Diesel models are more expensive in the first instance, and
with premium paid for fuel usage it takes a long time to see any return. However, you will still get
more miles per gallon out of diesel than petrol, and for second hand car purchases this can be seen
as good choice. You won’t have to pay thousands more for a diesel car on the second hand market.

All depends on usage

There are a few things to consider, and it’s a personal decision that needs to be made. What do
you use the car for? It may be a second car, one for occasional use perhaps. Or of it could be your
everyday mode of transport, with high mileage. Either way, you have to think about what level of
performance you require of and how much money you have. Diesel costs more but goes further.
Petrol is the opposite. It all comes down to how much the car costs in the first place.

John Burgess – Car enthusiast and Blogger for

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