Petrol vs diesel vans: which is better?

  • by Callum Ollie
  • 17 Days ago
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Petrol or diesel which should you choose?

If there’s one type of vehicle that is much maligned, it’s the diesel van, with models in this class often bearing the brunt of criticism over performance, emissions, and cost. In particular, with the UK government currently having a pro-petrol/anti-diesel agenda, it would appear to many that when looking for used vans for sale, the best option is to choose petrol every time. But what is the truth? Are we coming to an end of diesel vehicles on UK roads, or is the preference for petrols just temporary?

The case for: diesel vans

The many benefits of a diesel van can never be overlooked. With better fuel efficiency than its counterparts and with more torque to shift heavier loads, driving a diesel van actually does prove more economical.

In addition, the engine technology in diesel vehicles is becoming so advanced that the emissions are comparable to – if not, better than – their petrol counterparts. Take, for example, the Volkswagen Caddy BlueMotion. This impressive model is capable of achieving up to 70 mpg, all while emitting less than 100g/km of CO2. Such figures are comparable to those of passenger cars.

The case against: diesel vans 

One of the biggest scandals in the automotive world has been emissions testing manipulation by Volkswagen in the US – an issue which has led many around the globe to question the authenticity of diesel claims and step away from purchasing such models.

In addition, the component known as the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) has caused further concerns. This particular element of a diesel vehicle traps harmful particles being released into the atmosphere, but has a tendency to become clogged and stop working. As such, the fixing or replacement of a DPF can run into the thousands or contribute to harmful emissions.

The case for: petrol vans

Petrol vans have traditionally played second fiddle to diesel models, with the latter’s fuel efficiency and higher torque putting them in the shade. However, the emphasis on cleaner motoring has significantly boosted the popularity of petrol models, and the development of more powerful engines capable of greater torque are now comparable to diesel versions.

The case against: petrol vans

Comparable is, sadly, not quite the same as identical, so there will always be those that prefer the power and economy of diesel models. In addition, while many of the figures may sound impressive, once laden with people, tools, products, etc., the actual performance can diminish significantly, with the responsiveness of the model being noticeably sluggish.

There is no right or wrong option when shopping for petrol or diesel models and, as you can see, both have their own advantages and drawbacks. The essential point to remember is that you should research the available vehicles and match suitable models with your own requirements.

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