If you have to renew a car, surely you have doubts: is it better to buy a new car diesel or gasoline? Is it safe to buy a diesel for the future?
The latest news about car sales in our country is marking a clear trend, more gasoline cars than diesel cars sold. On the other hand, big cities like are putting a stop to vehicles, and it seems that diesel is the number one public enemy for their emissions. Although they have always been there, it discovered now that they emit NO x gases.
With this background, buying a new car is now a complicated task. It seems that if we opt for a diesel investment is not very favorable and the solution that promulgates which the universal truth is to buy gasoline vehicles. But this is not entirely true: neither diesel will disappear in the short term, nor gasoline is the solution to the problem. Everything will depend on the use we make with the car, and there is the key. To help clarify some of these aspects, today, I wanted to offer another point of view on certain affirmations. That is repeated, trying to make them become universal truths.
Diesel is going to disappear, some brands have already announced that they stop producing diesel engines
This announcement is one of those statements that contain a true and inaccurate part. Some brands have indeed announced that they stop producing diesel engines. In the short term, they are changing their range and gradually removing the diesel until they disappear completely. They do this because developing a diesel engine today is more expensive than years ago. With the constant changes in emissions regulations, many engines that were in the market need expensive tuning processes. Something that in the case of certain brands, does not compensate economically by having to develop these new thrusters. Only for the European market (a market favorite for diesel), while they don’t need them to continue selling in other markets. This data means that some brands have opted for hybrid technology. The result of their experience in this field or gasoline blocks to replace diesel. They offer an alternative without the need to develop diesel engines; Volvo and the FCA Group are some of those brands.
Other manufacturers continue betting on new diesel engines, more efficient and with new technologies that allow complying with the demanding emission regulations. New diesel engines have launched. Even some brands have presented diesel-hybrid engines with the idea of complying with the most demanding pollution scenarios. That is, the disappearance of diesel is the decision of each brand. Some prefer to focus on other types of engines, and others, however, continue to offer newly created diesel engines.
Which engine is more reliable: diesel or gasoline?
What makes a reliable engine is the robustness of its creation, and the fewer elements it has that can fail, the more reliable it will be. But today, the brands do not create simple engines. On the opposite, in full trend of downsizing, there are barely any atmospheric engines left in the market. And you try to squeeze the most out of obtaining large performance small engines. No matter if diesel is the fuel or gasoline. Reliability will depend on the construction of the engine. In particular, there are examples of robust (even small) gasoline engines of proven reliability and robust diesel beyond half a million kilometers.
Another detail to take into account is some diesel equips gas treatment systems. In many cases is a source of problems for the owners. Although everything will depend on the use of the car, the question is in the use for which it intended the engine. And the optimal operating conditions, which when not fulfilled, then is when these problems can appear.
What do I decide whether to buy a diesel, gasoline, or another type of vehicle?
The first thing to consider is the use that the new car will have: will it circulate more in the city? Or highway? And then analyze the number of kilometers we travel annually. If we combine the type of use with the number of annual kilometers, it will be easier to get the right fuel. For example, in short, or urban routes, the best option is a gasoline or a hybrid, the simpler and more robust the fuel the better because it will hold Better every day. If we do not reach 20,000 km, but still circulate in a mixed way by road, and to a lesser extent city, the best option would be a hybrid. It would provide us with an economy of use and savings, even in occasional trips.
But if we do more than 20,000 km per year or our usual route is by highway or highway, that is where diesel makes the most sense. We must also consider a diesel according to the type of needs we have, for example, an SUV or trailer. When a diesel engine suffers is when it circulates in the wrong places, without the engine reaching the ideal temperature or with starts and stops where the risk of breakdowns increased.
In summary, if you have to buy a car, you don’t just have to think about whether it will be diesel or gasoline. The first thing is to analyze what the use of the vehicle will be, and then assess the different alternatives in both gasoline, diesel, or hybrid. And although the focus is currently on diesel, that does not mean that they will disappear or that it is a technology that is out of use by manufacturers.