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Petrol, Diesel or Hybrid?

Compact Cars, Bridgend

August 29, 2017 at 3:45 PM

Petrol, diesel, and hybrid: Which of these cars offers value for your money?

When it comes to buying a new car, the running cost is one of the key factors to consider. However, with a lot of car manufacturers coming up with economical yet efficient car models, it can sometimes prove challenging to settle on a car that can give you value for your money in the long run.
A few years ago this decision was simple given that you would go for a diesel model if you are travelling a long distance and a petrol model if you are making short trips around town. However, with the onset of the hybrid model, such decisions became hard to make. First of all, they have an exceptional fuel economy both on the motor way and in town, and they are slowly gaining popularity over their diesel and petrol counterparts.
This guide will explore some of the advantages and disadvantages of the gasoline, diesel, and hybrid to figure out which one provides the best value.

The long term fuel economy

The first thing that comes to mind when you think about hybrid car models is the efficiency and fuel economy. Although the combinations might be green, they are still not the most MPG- efficient or economic cars available in the market. The hybrid models feature an electric motor used in powering the car at low speeds with most of the energy lost through the breaking that’s used to charge the motors battery. That said, the hybrid is perfect for those who are looking to drive around town especially in the stop-start traffic.
When it comes to driving on highways, petrol engine does most of the work, and this means that at high speeds; hybrids are less economical compared to the average car. On the other hand, diesel car requires few revs to maintain a consistent speed, and this is what makes them fuel efficient compared to the petrol counterpart. Also, they can tend to be loud while driving at low speed and it’s important to do a test drive in town to determine whether it’s right for you.

 

Upfront cost

Although the price of hybrid cars has come down since their inception in the early 2000s, they are more expensive compared to the diesel and petrol models. One of the key reasons is that they feature a standard gasoline engine plus an electric motor and given all the mechanics that go into its manufacture it is worth the selling price. The modern hybrids feature on board batteries, charged with the conventional power socket, but this will require upfront investment since it costs thousands more than the diesel and petrol counterparts.
The diesel car model was once expensive to buy compared to the petrol cars, but it’s now possible to buy a small yet affordable diesel compact cars and still enjoy an outstanding fuel economy. Although this might be the case, petrol engine cars remain the cheapest given the huge number of performance ratings and power outputs that can also fit those with a tight budget.            

 


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