It boils down to petrol versus diesel fuel. Modern diesel cars are quiet, clean and quick - and they took a quarter of the UK new car market in 2003.
New or used, diesel cars tend to cost more than petrol models but hold their value better. Typical fuel economy is 65 mpg for a small hatchback, 50 mpg for a medium family car (against 45 mpg and 35 mpg for petrol equivalents). Fuel cost savings are £250-£300 every 10,000 miles. For more information on fuel economy check the prices and specifications section of the website.
DIESEL CARS MAKE SENSE IF YOU
- Do 10,000-plus miles a year;
- Need a big 4x4 or people-carrier;
- Require low-down power for towing.