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Diesel or gasoline: which is more worthwhile when buying a car?

Diesel or gasoline

Germany is the country of car lovers and at the same time also the country of diesel. Almost a third of all newly registered vehicles are still diesel today. This number has been falling steadily since the diesel scandal , but in direct comparison with the gasoline engine, the diesel is still popular. 1 Anyone who wants to buy a new or used car is confronted with the question this year again: Is a diesel or gasoline engine worth more? It often depends on whether you are, for example, often in the city or on the motorway. We'll give you tips on whether a diesel or gasoline engine makes more sense for you.

Many factors are important in your decision

Depending on the vehicle, the answer to the question "diesel or gasoline" can vary. Many factors influence the result, such as the place of residence and the kilometers regularly driven by the vehicle owner. In general, however, it can be said that the purchase of a gasoline vehicle is more likely for city dwellers. This is mainly due to the impending or even existing driving bans for diesel in many inner cities. Frequent drivers, on the other hand, often benefit from diesel because they pay less per liter of fuel at filling stations. The differences are very different depending on the model and brand. Sometimes it can be seen very clearly what is suitable for whom.

Advantages and disadvantages of the gasoline engine

For a gasoline engine, you only pay about half the fixed taxes as for a diesel. So for the time being, you save on both vehicle tax and vehicle insurance. Furthermore, the gasoline engine emits fewer pollutants overall than the diesel and is therefore generally more environmentally friendly. The purchase price of a new car is similar to that of a diesel, but it can happen that the used one is significantly more expensive than the diesel. Often, however, petrol vehicles have far fewer kilometers behind them, which is a clear advantage. However, consumption can have a disadvantageous effect on long journeys, especially in terms of price. Because the individual liter of super costs more than a diesel vehicle due to the higher taxation. So the more kilometers you cover, the more expensive it gets. And that can possibly compensate for the advantages mentioned above. The question of diesel or gasoline is therefore not that easy to assess across the board.

Advantages and disadvantages of diesel

Diesel-powered vehicles are significantly more energy-efficient than gasoline-powered vehicles. This is due to the higher carbon content. This is how you get further with one liter of diesel, and less CO2 is emitted. Since the price of diesel is lower than that of petrol, regular long journeys in particular can be financially worthwhile.

The purchase price of diesel for used cars has fallen sharply in recent years. Driving bans and exchange bonuses have pushed prices down significantly. Bargain hunters may find what they are looking for quickly. In the case of new cars, however, the difference is almost zero and in individual cases it can also be that the diesel vehicle is more expensive than its gasoline-powered counterpart.

However, the overall pollutant emissions are problematic. This is namely a lot higher than the gasoline engine. The higher insurance costs and the vehicle tax can also have an impact, especially for those who drive infrequently.

Lower consumption: diesel or gasoline?

Consumption is a very tricky question in individual cases. In theory, diesels are more energy efficient because there are more carbon atoms in a liter of diesel. The fuel can therefore be used better. In other words, the diesel can get on with the same amount of fuel. Or to put it another way: the diesel consumes less on the same route. Since the corresponding fuel is also cheaper, you benefit twice here.

But that's just the theory. In practice, this advantage is highly controversial as diesel vehicles are often heavier. This is due to the more complicated exhaust technology. A heavier car uses more energy. The liter of diesel is also heavier than the liter of gasoline, so that the savings in practice are often lower than expected.

Comparison of petrol and diesel

Which motor is the better choice?

Only you can answer for yourself whether a diesel or gasoline engine is suitable for you. The information given is for guidance only. You cannot specify which advantages and disadvantages have priority for the individual. People for whom environmental friendliness and frequent travel are equally important may be more likely to use gasoline. Anyone who drives into town four times a year and still does not feel like using public transport will act similarly. Others, however, prefer to drive diesel, even if they don't get that many kilometers a month. Personal experiences play just as much in such a decision as to buy a diesel or gasoline engine, as do the political conditions in the country.

My name is Quang Lam and I work at Hegner Möller GmbH as Marketing Director. I am very interested in finance and sports. In my free time I like to go running and I also run a running blog. For the Best Credit blog I only write about topics that really interest me.

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