Regardless of technological advancements, the motor car remains one of the best resources that we have available to us. Few people can look at a motor vehicle and not understand its importance, we do the school runs, shopping and day to day grind and without our trusty motor life would be that much more difficult.
Yes, in the next 40 years we will all be electric, but until then you'll probably go through around 10 different types of cars/vans/motorbikes in that time, so choose wisely.
However, there’s also something of a puzzle when it comes to motor vehicles. There are two different variants available, and you can either have a petrol model or a diesel one. The two have their differences, but is there any one which is better than the other? That’s what we want to find out.
So let’s start this off by taking a look at diesel and the benefits it can bring to someone. By and large, diesel cars are known to be more efficient than their petrol counterparts, which means that generally, you’ll get more from them on a full tank.
Furthermore, they also have lower CO2 emissions, which makes them better from an environmental perspective. However, this is also counterbalanced by the knowledge that typically the vehicles are more expensive than their opposites. Furthermore, people will find that from a pollution perspective, noise is much higher, which can make the experience less appealing overall.
So let's take a look at the competitor to diesel - the petrol vehicle. As a vehicle, this is not different externally. From a financial perspective, diesel is more expensive than petrol, so it's a much cheaper way of getting around. They also are not typically as noisy as their diesel cousins.
But there are a handful of things that you should probably know about too. For example, they are worse for the environment than diesel-based engines. They are also not as efficient from a fuel consumption perspective, so you may struggle to get the same distance.
Which is Best?
So, is there a best option? Is there one choice which is better than the other when it comes to getting around? We aren’t sure personally. We think that it depends a lot on the situation.
The vehicle that you pick will depend on your needs and preferences as a driver. If you are looking for a vehicle which has cheaper fuel costs, then you will obviously want to pick a petrol model. However, if you value those extra miles on a full tank, you’re going to want to get yourself a diesel model.
In conclusion, people will pick a different car according to their specific needs and requirements. The two models differ purely in terms of performance and fuel, but discriminating between them to find the best option can sometimes be difficult. It is your responsibility as the driver to assess your needs, and then make sure that you have selected the vehicle which best suits those demands. Most people over the course of their lives will get a chance to drive both types of vehicle, so you will probably have a reference point. However, if you don’t have a lot of experience, it can be a good idea to ask someone who does, if you do move between petrol and diesel then chances are you might have put petrol in your diesel car, if this happens then neither petrol or diesel would help!