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Should I buy a petrol or diesel car?

Asked by Pranav Patel

I'm confused between a Nissan QASHQAI 2.0-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel. Both are new, 2016 build, but 2017 compliance from a Nissan dealer. They are both costing me the same, both high-end models. I do drive a bit on weekends, but weekdays I might do 10 km in total, as I live very near to my work. I have heard that you need to drive 20 min daily if one likes a diesel car. I never owned a diesel car before. Kindly advise me on which variant to go for?

Answered by CarsGuide

2 Jun 2017 Graham Smith

Diesels work at their best when they're running fully warmed-up and for long periods. If you aren't doing a reasonable amount of kilometres you can have trouble with the DPF system in the car, which can become clogged and require servicing to clear it. In your situation, doing very short trips to and from work each day I would buy the petrol variant.

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