The choice between petrol and diesel vehicles has long been a tough one, with advocates of each often being as passionate about one as they are critical of the other. But which really is the best? There is, of course, no right answer. Much of the decision comes down to personal preference but it pays to know exactly what the virtues of both are before making an investment.
At Vanwise Group, we always aim to be impartial when helping our customers choose the ideal vehicle for them, which is why we’re delighted to compare the two options to help you make an informed decision.
Without denigrating diesel models, it’s common knowledge that the UK government has adopted something of a petrol-first policy in order to fulfil air quality and pollution targets. This is, without doubt, a positive move, as the impact of exhaust fumes and carbon emissions on the health of everyone is of paramount importance.
By choosing a petrol van, you have the advantage of not being subject to additional charges should you drive in the capital, plus there’s the benefit of engine weight being substantially lighter. This will not only reduce emissions, but improve fuel economy, with weight savings of up to 40kg possible.
Petrol vans - indeed, petrol vehicles of any kind - are also renowned for delivering a smoother driving experience than their diesel counterparts. As such, there is reduced noise in the cabin and less shaking of the vehicle when idling, making for a more pleasant driving experience for you and your passengers.
It’s not all doom and gloom for diesel vehicles though. Yes, the government may currently be anti-diesel vehicles, but just a few years ago diesel vehicles were being praised for their superior performance. Regardless of what others may say, there is still plenty to justify choosing a diesel vehicle over a petrol one.
Commercial motorists predominantly require the capacity to transport more goods and passengers than the average driver. As such, with diesel vans delivering increased torque and offering enduring performance that far exceeds their petrol equivalents, the preference for diesel is obvious. In addition, fuel economy for diesels continue to outperform petrols, meaning running costs will appeal to discerning motorists and those with an eye on their finances.
When push comes to shove, there’s no right or wrong answer to the question ‘should I buy a petrol or diesel van?’ The contributing factors, as well as personal preference, should all form the basis of your decision. Of course, while government guidelines are trying to push motorists down the petrol-first line, there’s no telling when this agenda will change and return the preference to diesel vehicles.