Before choosing to purchase or lease a vehicle to a preference, most people firstly indicate their preference of engine fuel. The reason being, in most cases it is believed by most people that a diesel engine is much more economical.
Initially, diesel was advertised and promoted to be a more environmentally friendly fuel as part of the EU’s response to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide (CO₂). Because of this statement, for many years people have considered diesel to be the option to go for in order to lower road tax, fuel consumption and to drive in the most environmentally friendly way possible.
The problem with diesel vehicles are that, 'Diesel fumes are significantly more damaging to health than those from petrol engines, according to research which shows that related air pollution contributes to lung disease, heart attacks, asthma and other respiratory problems.' (The Guardian). Also known as NOx, Diesel engines release more nitrogen oxide compared to petrol engines; generating more health issues for humans.
Should I choose diesel over petrol?
If you are entirely driven by the factor of low fuel consumption, then your choice should be a diesel as diesel is a much more fuel efficient option; making more miles per gallon compared to petrol. However, petrol on the other hand is the cheaper option when purchasing fuel. In addition, even though petrol cars have higher BHP in general, diesel cars have higher torque (pulling power) at low speeds.
Recently, there have been new regulations that have been proposed in regards to diesel vehicles. Road tax for diesel vehicles will increase. Congestion charge for diesel vehicles that drive to or within central London will increase and diesel vehicle owners will be charged more for parking compared to petrol vehicles. When considering these changes and future changes, petrol may be an option to consider when attempting to make an economical decision.
In conclusion, we could say that the use of both petrol and diesel vehicles are bad for the environment and money will be spent both ways. However, considering buying or leasing an hybrid or all-electric vehicle could be a solution to this debate as both hybrid and all-electric vehicles are the future within the automotive industry. The reason being is that both petrol and diesel will be banned and ceased for sale in the UK by the year 2040.
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