When it comes to conventional fuel-powered motoring, there are essentially two choices: petrol or diesel.
The question is: which is the best option?
The answer really depends on your driving habits but, overall, diesel has two distinct advantages over petrol - it’s ultimately more economical and kinder to the environment. You can be surer than ever of diesel’s green credentials when you select a vehicle fitted with a Euro 6 engine, which offers an especially clean driving experience.
In virtually all cases, diesel engines produce lower CO2 emissions than their petrol counterparts, while returning greater fuel efficiency. For example, Seat Ibiza fitted with a 1.0-litre 75 PS petrol engine delivers 54.3mpg, while the same car installed with a 1.4-litre 175 PS diesel unit returns as much as 78.5mpg. A hot hatch such as the Audi A1 Sportback with a 1.0-litre 95bhp petrol engine beneath its bonnet delivers up to 67.3mpg. The same car, this time powered by a 1.6-litre 116bhp diesel unit, returns as much as 74.3mpg.
The differences, whether small are large, are always incremental – the more you drive, the more you save with a diesel engine. If you regularly cover a lot of motorway miles, then diesel is the clear winner.
The latest Euro 6 engines are more efficient than ever, releasing significantly fewer pollutants – such as sulphur and particulates – and even, in many cases, none at all. All new diesel cars are required to meet the current European directive, which stipulates a significant reduction in harmful pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and particulates.
If you have any questions about diesel-powered motoring and its many benefits, please don’t hesitate to contact your nearest Swansway Garages dealership via our website, by phone or in person.