Everyone knows that diesel cars offer a range of benefits to motorists today. Perhaps the biggest advantage of owning a diesel vehicle is the higher fuel economy. Diesels are more efficient than petrol units. That’s why they make sense for those that do long-distance driving.
The only downside to owning a diesel is the image that surrounds it. For example, most people assume that diesels are slow, output lots of smoke and are noisy. Some folks even think that diesels are lacklustre and offer no driving “fun”!
Are you getting a new car soon? If so, you might be weighing up the pros and cons of buying a diesel. Let me share with you some reasons why diesel cars aren’t boring to drive:
They are perfect for tuning
First of all, a diesel car offers more power gain options than their petrol counterparts. Let’s say that you want to remap the ECU on your car for extra performance and fuel economy. The diesel variant will offer a bigger power boost than a similar petrol engine. Why?
Well, there are a few reasons. First of all, most of today’s modern diesels have turbochargers. Those items alone offer good power gains. Second, diesels are high-compression engines. In a nutshell, the higher the compression, the more efficient an engine you will have.
The only high-compression petrol engines around are the SKYACTIV ones from Mazda. You can’t make a petrol engine have high compression without blowing it up (in a literal sense). In Mazda’s case, they had to redesign a lot of internal engine components to make their engines safe.
They are more valuable than petrol cars
Take a look at the Motorline Direct website. Notice how the diesel cars have higher prices than the petrol ones? The same can get seen on all other dealer websites too.
Diesels often cost more to build than petrol models, and so they hold their value more. If you want a car that doesn’t depreciate too much, it’s worth considering a used diesel car.
Not all diesels sound like tractors
One pet hate of some diesel car owners is how their vehicles “clatter” a lot, especially when idle. The good news is that today’s modern diesels are quieter. That’s down to two things:
- Improved internal engine design;
- Better sound deadening in the engine bay.
The only diesels you’ll find that sound like tractors or vans are usually those made 10-20 years ago.
You can improve their styling just like with petrol cars
Sometimes the “modifying bug” might get you and you’ll want to customise your next car. But, should you avoid diesels if you want to do that? Of course, not! When it comes to styling, it matters not what engine is under the bonnet.
In fact, many diesel cars come out of the factory with styling add-ons like body kits. Take the Skoda Octavia vRS TDi, for example!
As you can see, there are many reasons why you might prefer a diesel to a petrol car. They just offer plenty of benefits for a start. And the stereotypical views of old diesels don’t apply to today’s models.