Do you really need that diesel car?
When buying a new car, itís essential you make the right decision about which type of fuel suits your motoring needs best. Looking at the ever increasing petrol prices, the market sentiment is that diesel cars are the need of the hour. Diesel-powered cars have slowly become the default choice for Indian car buyers, but is a diesel really worth the price difference over a petrol model? Please do not discount the fact that, this week, the government allowed oil marketing companies to progressively raise diesel prices.
The fact remains that diesel engines have clearly advanced over the last decade, making them more appealing. While we have seen an increase in the market share of diesel cars, petrol cars today are fighting back. We all know diesel is cheaper at the pump compared to petrol, and it also offers better fuel economy, but tallying up the numbers can reveal startling facts.
The true value of a diesel over petrol isnít as black and white as you may think. Read on to understand how to resolve your diesel or petrol dilemma.
Letís take the Maruti Suzuki Swift as an example. Thereís a considerable price difference between the petrol and diesel variants of the Swift. The top-spec ZXi petrol variant is priced at R6.29 lakh while the ZDi retails at R7.78 lakh (prices, on-road Mumbai). The difference here