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What are the Major Deciding Factors between a Petrol and a Diesel Car?

Shakti Nath Jha

Car Expert, Editor at 91Wheels

11 Jan 2021

As you all might already be knowing that in our Indian market in the last couple of years, the new-age petrol cars have made a solid comeback and have started to appeal a wider new car audience, especially of that of the compact car categories. Nowadays, the diesel-powered cars are significantly more expensive to buy and maintain than their equivalent petrol-powered versions. The price difference of both the fuels as well as the fuel efficiency of petrol and diesel versions is narrowing day by day. So, today we thought of sharing with you the top differentiating factors between petrol and diesel cars and which one you should opt for. Here, we have listed for you the Top five reasons what are the top major deciding factors between a petrol and a diesel car. Let's have a look.

What are the Major Deciding Factors between a Petrol and a Diesel Car

What are the Major Deciding Factors between a Petrol and a Diesel Car?

Basic Price - Due to more complex technologies involved in making a diesel engine, the overall cost of a diesel car is significantly more than its petrol-powered equivalent version. For a mainstream car, the basic difference in the ex-showroom prices between a diesel version and its petrol version is roughly Rs. 1 lakh - 1.5 lakh, which increases even more if the other aspects of the on-road price such as insurance and also the road tax are taken into consideration.

Fuel Efficiency - In almost all the cars which are sold with both petrol and diesel variants, the diesel version is significantly more fuel-efficient as compared to its petrol version, and this is the sole reason why a majority of car buyers opt for a diesel version in cars with bigger engines.

Price Of Fuel - Until the last decade, the cost of diesel was significantly lower than that of petrol. But with times, the gap between diesel and petrol has narrowed much, and in the current scenario, both the fuel options are nearly priced similar, making a lesser sense for opting a small car with the diesel engine.

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Performance - While diesel cars offer a punchier driving experience with more torque on offer, especially at highway speeds, the overall noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels of petrol engines are significantly more than that of a diesel engine.

What are the Major Deciding Factors between a Petrol and a Diesel Car

Maintenance Cost - With reference to the point, where we mentioned that the diesel engines require more complex technologies over petrol engines, the former do require more care and demand more maintenance costs as compared to a petrol engine.

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So keeping in mind the higher price and the maintenance costs, the diesel vehicles have started making lesser sense, at least in the compact-sized car categories, considering the fact that the differences in the basic price of both the fuels as well as their fuel efficiencies are getting narrower day by day. So until and unless your monthly driving cycle is not too high, say for example more than 3000 kms, it is safer to opt for a petrol-powered car in the current scenario, in order to compensate with the higher cost difference between the petrol and diesel cars. Which type of car you own, a petrol car or a diesel vehicle? Do feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with all of us in the comments section below. You can also join our 91Wheels Auto Enthusiast Telegram group (click via mobile to join) curated exclusively for the fans, enthusiasts and the owners. Further, subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such amazing motoring updates.

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