¿Diesel or gasoline? If you are thinking of buying a car and want to evaluate consumption as a determining factor to choose one engine or another, our calculator will help you to assess whether it is worth buying a diesel car versus a gasoline one.
To find out if is a diesel or a gasoline car betterThe online tool takes into account determining factors such as the price of the car, the price of fuel, the approximate kilometers you plan to drive per year and the time you plan to have the car in your property. With this data you will know if it is worth betting on the diesel or gasoline engine.
How the diesel vs. gasoline calculator works
This tool that we have developed is intended to serve only as a guideline, taking into account the factors that people value when buying a car new and choose between diesel or gasoline engine.
In reality, many more factors come into play such as the price of insurance, resale price, maintenance, etc. All these variables are difficult to quantify at the time of purchase and we do not really know the level of breakdowns that the car will give us throughout its useful life, or the state in which it will be found as this depends on many other factors (weather, if you drive more in the city or on the road, if it sleeps in the garage, etc.).
Therefore, the diesel vs. gasoline calculator takes into account what people really value when choosing between one fuel or the otherIs a diesel worth it for the amount of kilometers I'm going to do and for the time I intend to keep the car? Well, that's the answer we provide here.
Many times people buy a diesel because it consumes less than the gasoline from the first kilometer but then they do not get profitability. If the price of the diesel model is higher than the equivalent in gasoline, you can invest in Super 95 and make kilometers with it. Have you ever stopped to think about the distance you can travel with 3,000 €? if you have a consumption of 7 l/100? Well, that too you can calculate it with this tool and you will see that there is more to it than you thought.
Let's develop this example that I have proposed to see it better:
- Price of Super 95 gasoline today (January 2016): 1,019€.
- Average consumption of the car: 7 liters /100 km
- With €3,000, I can cover approximately 42,000 km.
If you are one of those who drive 6,000 kilometers a year, you should consider buying a gasoline. On top of that, today there are models that, thanks to downsizing and the use of turbocharging, have much lower fuel consumption, further weakening the argument that it is worth buying a diesel car.
What do you think, diesel or gasoline? Obviamente cada caso será distinto pero lo importante es que estudies el tuyo y escojas en consecuencia, no por la frase comodín de "es que un diesel gasta menos" Ojo, no siempre es así y no siempre compensa.
2018 update: government goes after diesels
I update this calculator for gasoline vs diesel because the situation for both fuels has changed a lot.
We are at a time when the manufacturers of millions of diesel-powered automobiles have misrepresented data on actual gas emissions when in fact they were higher than the regulations, which has meant that many vehicles have had to go to the workshop to make the necessary modifications.
The regulations are becoming more and more stringent and the spotlight is on cars with diesel engines since, universally (although erroneously if we generalize), it is stated that:
- Pollute more than gasoline
- More and more filters and additives are needed to comply with the regulations.
- The price of diesel seems to rise more in comparison to the price of a barrel of gasoline.
On the other hand, the downsizing or design of smaller gasoline engines boosted by the use of turbos is allowing a considerable reduction in consumption, especially on the road and if it is an automatic car with a gearbox with 7 or 8 gears. In many cases, there is no longer such a big difference with respect to diesel, so people are starting to buy gasoline again, not only because of consumption, but also because of the fear that one day they will not be able to enter cities like Madrid or Barcelona where pollution levels are high and the fuel consumption will be reduced. measures are already in place to stop some diesel vehicles older than a certain year from being allowed to circulate. through the center of the city.
If you do not know whether to buy a diesel or gasoline car, keep in mind that even if the diesel car uses less fuel, if you do not plan to drive many kilometers, we strongly advise you not to buy a vehicle with a gasoline engine.
Who is going to want in 5 or 6 years a car that has (or will have) forbidden access to a particular city? They will be devalued a lot and owners will lose a lot of money because of this. Of course, this can also happen with gasoline but, for the moment, the spotlight is on diesel.
The future is electric and there is no doubt about it, but until that time comes, you have to buy with more head than ever.