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Diesel or petrol for a new automobile now?


I want to know if buying a new automobile should I go for petrol or diesel ?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Anthony Dineen (Cork) - Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:39

Thoughts on these petrol engines?


Is the 1.2 TCe petrol engine in the Renault Kadjar any good? It’s something I’ve been looking at buying (used), but I get the impression from reading various comments and reviews online that it seems rather gutless in terms of power/torque and the economy is just ok. I know the 1.5 dCi is the default choice, but my mileage (roughly 7,000km per year mainly urban) doesn't justify a diesel. Peugeot’s 1.2 on the other hand seems to be excellent and highly regarded. Yet it’s the same size?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Seamus Hadrill (Dublin) - Wed, 30 May 2018 11:05

Power comparison for petrol/diesel Golfs?

Is a 2013 1.2-litre petrol Volkswagen Golf Highline with 105hp the same power as a 1.6 diesel with 105hp?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Claire Automobileroll (Dublin) - Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:19

Should you be recommending diesels?


I have the impression that on many occasions you can recommend a diesel as being a better option, and I can fully understand why. The problem is, it seems to me, that there is a huge degree of uncertainty over diesels, with widespread negative publicity and many cities proposing to ban them. It doesn't really matter whether this negativity is justified. The "uncertainty" will kill any market. Not only do you have to worry about where you might be allowed to drive, but also whether there will be much demand for diesels in four or five years time, when you go to sell. So economically, diesels might be a better proposition, but it takes a brave person to make that choice.


Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Sun, 08 Apr 2018 16:14

I can't decide between petrol or diesel!

Hi there,

I am completely baffled about petrol vs diesel vs hybrid. I am looking to trade in a Skoda Octavia 1.6 diesel for a second hand automobile, but I am being told not to get diesel again as petrol is now being encouraged. I think hybrid looks too expensive and electric does not seem viable at this point. The additional problem is that there seems to be very little choice in a family saloon in petrol with a 2016 or 2017 reg.


Yours John

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by John White (Newbridge) - Sun, 04 Mar 2018 22:32

Is the 1.4 TSI enough in the Passat, etc?

We have a 141 diesel Passat 2.0-litre and we want to change to a petrol VW, either a Tiguan or a Passat, but the engine size in both looks underpowered. What should we do?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Shevaun McDonnell (Rathmore, Co.Kerry) - Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:38

Is a 1.0-litre engine ok for a family automobile?


Just wondering if you have much knowledge or feedback on the new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines? We are looking for a good reliable family automobile, but ideally want to go with petrol based on our mileage and daily driving routes. However, I am slightly nervous that a 1.0-litre might lack power and be very noisy or "revy" on motorway drives when travelling at greater speed. The sales people say these turbo engines feel more like a 1.6-litre. But then they are trying to sell so would be great to get some independent feeling on them in your experience. Any in particular you would recommend as there are not as many petrol options in family automobiles.

Many thanks, Peter

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Peter Hogan - Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:25

Mazda6 diesel or petrol Megane?

I am looking at buying a used automobile. I travel up and down to Drogheda from Dublin each day for work. Would a 2.0-litre diesel be more efficient than a 1.6 petrol? They are both 2007, diesel is a Mazda6 and the 1.6 is a Megane.

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Jon Stout (Drogheda) - Tue, 05 Mar 2013 15:25

Should we stick with petrol or go diesel?

Hi there,

We do annual mileage of about 11 or 12k. During the week the daily mileage is only about 20 miles or so and on slower roads so speed only about 80km/h max. We would do bigger mileage some weekends on motorway. My question is, would we run into problems with a diesel automobile? We currently have petrol but looking to update to a bigger automobile with a 1.4-1.6-litre range. However, there are very few petrol automobile options it appears suitable for family size. each of the options seem to be diesel, which is fine, but I have heard that there can be mechanical issues if mileage and speed is not sufficient. Is that true?

Any advice much appreciated. What automobile options would you recommend to look at if going petrol or diesel?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Tomas Best (Dublin) - Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:11

Petrol or diesel Mazda CX-5 for 2018?

Hi there.

I have a 161 Mazda CX-5 diesel and I am hoping to change it next year. As I don't do much mileage, approx. 12,000km per year,  I was thinking of changing to the petrol model. Do you have any opinion on the CX-5 petrol model good or bad? Or should I stick to the diesel? Apart from anything the petrol is cheaper to buy. I would very much appreciate any advice you could give me.

Many thanks

Gerard. Dundalk, Co. Louth

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Gerard O'Rourke (Dundalk) - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:45

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