While buying a car, one of the key decisions one has to make is to decide between a Petrol & Diesel vehicle. While there is no simple answer for this debate, the following points can help you reach a decision:
Cost of Petrol Vs Diesel Car
The diesel variant of cars cost more than the petrol variant. For cars which cost less than 10 Lakhs, the showroom price between diesel and petrol variants differs from 1 to 1.5 Lakhs. The difference in the on-road price of petrol and diesel car variants will be even more. This is because the cost of registration for the diesel car is more than that of the Petrol car; the difference is about 1 to 3% depending on the cost of the vehicle and the State where it is purchased.
Petrol vs Diesel Mileage
The mileage of the diesel engine is more than that of a Petrol engine. A diesel engine does not need a spark plug and thus has higher compression. This makes the diesel engine utilise more fuel as compared to a petrol engine. The better mileage of a diesel engine makes it easy to cover the extra cost of the car paid initially, but with increasing cost of cars, the time required to recover this cost has increased.
Petrol vs Diesel Price
Since last one year, the prices of diesel and petrol have seen a big hike in India. In 2017, diesel price was 55.94 Rs. per litre which is now touching 74 Rs per litre. Whereas the petrol was at Rs. 66.91 which is now 82.16 Rs. per litre. The above statistics show that the difference between both is reducing day by day, as last year the difference in both was 11 Rs per litre, but now after one year, in 2018, the cost of diesel is just Rs. 8 less than that of petrol per litre and is further decreasing day by day. If this situation continues, soon we will see that there will be no price difference between Petrol and Diesel in the forthcoming years.
Apart from a fact that diesel engines are more powerful than petrol engines, they also have a higher torque and hence they give a smoother drive. On the other hand, the harshness, noise, and vibrations in diesel driven cars are way higher than that of a petrol-driven car which is a big reason of concern. In petrol engines the power developed is low due to compression ratio whereas in diesel engines, the power is more.
Petrol vs Diesel Car Maintenance Cost
The maintenance cost of diesel cars is higher than petrol cars. This is because consumables like engine oil and spares used in diesel vehicles are more expensive. The resale value of a used diesel car is higher than that of a petrol car. However, the life of a petrol engine is more than a diesel engine.
So now that you have the pros and cons of both these vehicles, hope you can choose the one that suits your requirements better.