Petrol or Diesel?

Petrol or Diesel?

Petrol or Diesel?

When it comes to petrol and diesel powered cars, something you should take into consideration is that they won’t be around forever. In fact, the Government have pledged that petrol and diesel cars will no longer be available to purchase from 2030. But, for now petrol and diesel cars are still very prominent on the road. Although, in recent years diesel car sales have actually dropped dramatically and are slowly disappearing from manufacturer ranges.

We have put together the pros and cons of both petrol and diesel cars for those who are undecided on what car/engine is best suited to them!



Environment -.Petrol engines produce less of some dangerous emissions like nitrogen, which is a beneficial factor for the environment.

Driving – Petrol engines are definitely not as noisy as diesel engines.

Costs – The price of petrol fuel alone is cheaper than diesel fuel and the cars also tend to be cheaper. There is not a massive difference in price between petrol and diesel cars but it’s still a saving. Also, lets not forget that petrol cars are actually cheaper to service!


Environment -When it comes to the environment petrol cars have higher CO2 emissions than diesel cars.

Driving – Petrol engines tend to have less power than diesel engines, meaning in a petrol car you have to change your gears a lot more frequently in order to gain more power and make the most of the power the engine has.

Costs – Petrol engines actually drink more fuel than diesel engines. So, the price of petrol fuel may be cheaper but you probably won’t gain anything.



Environment – Diesel engines are more efficient than petrol engines, emitting less carbon dioxide and containing 12% more energy per gallon.

Driving – Diesel engines perform better than petrol engines, being more powerful and having more overtaking power.

Costs – Even though petrol fuel is cheaper than diesel fuel, diesel engines use 15-20% less fuel than petrol engines, meaning cheaper running costs making them more efficient.


Environment – Diesel fuel is known for producing tiny particles linked to Asthma and other breathing disorders.

Driving – Diesel engines can be noisy, although this problem is being improved, they’re just not as quiet as petrol engines.

Costs – Diesel cars are more pricey than petrol cars to actually purchase. That’s not the only costly thing about diesels, servicing a diesel car or fixing serious issues on the car can get expensive, more expensive than petrol cars.

There are also a number of new charges when it comes to diesel cars, not just the tax being costly, but also in certain cities you will be charged due to ‘Low Emission Zones’ and the ‘London T-Charge’.

So, What Car Is Best?

After taking all the pros and cons of both cars into consideration we have come to the conclusion that between petrol and diesel, petrol is the winner!

This is because all in all petrol engines seem to be more eco-friendly. They may not be completely eco-friendly but compared to diesel engines that’s definitely the case. Petrol engines do not produce particles that cause breathing problems or people. The fact diesel engines cause that, definitely is not safe!

Another reason we have crowned petrol as our winner is because you do not have to pay additional charges for driving petrol cars the way you do in some cities with diesel cars.

At the minute, saving our planer is a huge priority for all of us, and considering manufacturers are withdrawing diesel engines from their cars goes to show that they clearly not goof for our environment and if huge car manufacturers are wiling to lose money by not producing diesel models then I think that says an awful lot!

By Paige Bankier @ Motor Connect

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