For some reason, diesel cars have never been seen as exciting as their petrol equivalents. And, despite regular upgrades to diesel performance, it’s a legacy they’ve not been able to shake off. But here’s the thing: there’s a lot of reasons to love diesel cars. They’re no longer the grunting, dirty beasts they used to be. They’re refined and altogether civilized. In fact, they’re so civilized they are fast becoming the choice of business users all over the country. Let’s find out why.
We’ve come a long way since the early days of diesel engines. It used to be that you’d take a huge performance hit if you opted for diesel over petrol. But as time passes, things change. Perhaps the biggest draw of today’s diesel engines is their torque. They might not have the acceleration of a petrol engine. But they certainly have an impressive amount of pulling power. Audi’s new diesel engine on the A6 and A7 has about a third more torque than petrol equivalents.
They Retain Their Value
Diesel engines don’t tend to lose as much of their value. It’s partly because they use high-quality parts, like diesel injectors from Diesel Center. And it’s partly because diesel cars are in shorter supply than petrol cars on the second-hand market. It all adds up to the fact that after three years, diesels retain 63 percent of their value. Petrol cars only retain 53 percent. And hybrids only fare slightly better at 55 percent.
Diesels Are Famous In The World Of Motorsport
Have you ever heard of a little racing tournament called the 24 Hours of Le Mans? For those of you who haven’t, it’s a 24-hour race in the town of Le Mans in France. Cars run for a full 24 hours, without a break. And the tournament is designed to test the edge of what cars can do in a racing environment.
Here’s the kicker: most of the cars are diesels. Now that sounds a little strange at first, given the fact that diesel cars are meant to be slow. But it makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Diesel is a lot more energy dense that regular gasoline. And so cars carrying diesel can go a lot further than cars carrying petrol, meaning fewer pit stops. And fewer pit stops means that diesel cars end up going a lot further. It’s no accident that every car to enter Le Mans since 2006 has been diesel.
The Diesel Premium Is Small
If you want a car that’s more efficient than a petrol engined car, you’ve got a couple of options. Either you can go for a hybrid car. And if you use it right, you might be able to break 100mpg. Or you can go for a diesel car. You might struggle to get to 100 mpg, but you will get a lot more mileage than if you used a petrol car. But here’s the kicker: hybrids don’t come cheaper. To buy a hybrid car, you’re looking at an increase of about $4,100 in the sticker price. Compare that to a diesel car, where the premium is only around $2,500. Over the course of the car’s life, you’ll easily save that much in fuel costs.
Luxury Diesel Cars Are No More Expensive
At the luxury end of the market, it’s a totally different story. Here, the price of diesels is actually on a par with petrol cars. Why? Well, it seems to come down to the fact that carmakers put gasoline and performance in the same bracket. At the luxury end of the market, diesel means “respectable”. Gasoline means “maniac.” And so petrol cars tend to be more heavily engineered.
You Don’t Have To Fill Up As Much
As many of you will know, diesel is more expensive than petrol per litre. In the US it comes in at about 7 percent more expensive per gallon. But the economics of it actually work out really well. Although it’s 7 percent more expensive per gallon, each gallon has about 30 percent more energy. That means that on a full tank, you can go 30 percent further than you can in an identical petrol car. That’s why diesel cars tend to have much better mileage.
Diesels Are Quiet And Refined
There was once a time when diesels were the dirty workhorses of industry and business. Petrol was the only way the private motorist could gain any respect from his or her peers. But that’s all changed now. Low-sulfur diesel has made it better for the environment and our health.