Petrol or diesel; which should I choose? Part 2

The age old debate rages on, “diesel or petrol?”, and we have finally decided to come to a decision by looking at both objectively to see which one you should choose.

In our last blog we took the Ford Fiesta and pitted two comparable models head to head to see which you should buy. Part one dealt with the key issues involved in actually purchasing a car and whether you should go for a diesel or a petrol car. Part two continues the debate by looking at the two aspects involved in the continued running of said car, yearly fuel costs and servicing/maintenance costs.

Yearly fuel costs

 

  • Petrol

At an average 12,000 miles per year and an average cost of petrol of around £1.30 a litre the cost to run the Fiesta for the year amounts to £1080.68.

  • Diesel

At the same average of 12,000 miles per year with the slightly higher price and mpg of diesel the cost to run the Fiesta for the year amounts to £947.00.

Winner

A win there for the diesel and a much needed one after two whitewashes in part one. It is worth bearing in mind that the Petrol’s initial purchase price being £2100 cheaper means that it would take almost 16 years before Diesel became the cheaper option.

Servicing/Maintenance

 

  • Petrol

Petrol cars generally need servicing slightly more often than Diesel cars but they are in general slightly cheaper to service when it is needed.

  • Diesel

Diesel cars have a more complex fuel combustion system and often contain a diesel particulate filter which can be an expensive fix if they were to go wrong.

Winner

With the deficits and advantages of each outweighing one another this round is a dead heat between both of your fuel options.

With two rounds in hand and diesels only victory being rather an empty one it would appear that petrol has romped to victory in this objective test.

So it would appear that the worm has turned and the image of petrol cars as uneconomical gas guzzlers may well change. For those that are soon to rush off to the showroom and buy yourself that new petrol car we would just like to remind you not to get confused and put diesel in a petrol car. Here at Wrong Fuel we see this mistake every day so why not keep our number handy just in case you find yourself in this sticky situation and need help.