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Which is better? Petrol Vs Diesel Car  

Which is better? Petrol Vs Diesel Car  
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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 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.

  • Average or Mileage

The mileage of 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.

  • Cost of Fuel

At present, per litre cost of diesel is about Rs. 15 less than that of petrol. After the partial deregulation of diesel price in 2013, there has been a gradual fall in the difference from 21 rupees in 2013 to approx. 10 rupees in 2014. So there is no concrete base to say that there will be a price difference between the two in the forthcoming years as well.

  • Smooth Drive

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.

  • Maintenance

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.

Whichever vehicle you choose,  make sure that you are carrying all the documents including your Car Insurance. To avoid confusion while buying a car insurance, compare car insurance policies online before making a choice. You can check car insurance quote online.


  • Gaurav Dixit July 13, 2016

    I have to move monthly 1000 km. Average. Which car i have to buy petrol or diesel? At present i have petrol car swift lxi. Now i wnt to change my car. I think for diesel amaze. As per ur advise which one is suitable for me? Can i buy second hand diesel? Petrol bill avg is 5000/-. Very high for me.

  • Rohan Mankotia September 26, 2016

    Will desiel engine can run for 8-10 years ?

  • Mohan October 7, 2016


    I am new to car drive, this is my first car planning to buy.
    usage: not regular use, but will be taken out on occasions. monthly around 1000 km drive is expected.
    Cost: I can afford approximately 7 Lakhs or max 9 lakhs. Note: I am opting loan for this.

    Looking for family car with min maintenance, please suggest the car in India.

  • Govindarao October 25, 2016

    Good info..thank you.I would like like to buy swift desire diesel …make in india

  • Aniket November 30, 2016

    Thanks to Aware me about petrol and diesel engine.

  • Kundan December 3, 2016

    I am planning to buy a new car but little bit confused which to buy had I mind to buy … Tata Tiago….. Celerio…… Swift….Swift dzire… Figo….. Ford ….aspire…. But I m not able to decide which good cars to buy… And which variants.. disel or petrol…if u can guide me on same .. kindly help me out with ur guidance


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