A Which? survey of diesel running costs has found petrol engines can often be the more cost effective choice for drivers covering a typical annual mileage.
With diesel sales currently accounting for 51.2% of this year’s new car registrations, according to the SMMT, Which? analysed the running costs of diesel and petrol versions of six popular models covering a typical annual mileage of 11,000 miles.
Diesel engines in the BMW 5 Series, Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Tiguan delivered cheaper fuel bills than their petrol counterparts but Which? said it can take up to 14 years to recoup the £1,000 to £2,000 premium usually charged for new diesel-engined cars.
Diesel-engined Volkswagen Sharan and Peugeot 308 SW in the test performed better in cost comparisons than their petrol counterparts.
“Lower pump prices for petrol and advances in petrol-engine efficiency mean that petrol cars now often provide better value for money,” said Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd.
Which? also said its fuel economy tests also often fell short of the manufacturers’ claims for both diesel and petrol cars.
Source: MotorTrader.com and Motor Trader Magazine Thursday, 19 July 2012