Diesel cars in the USA have a really bad reputation. Most people hear the word Diesel and automatically picture thick black smoke, a loud clanking, and some idiot with a lift kit obnoxiously exemplifying both of the things I previously stated. For people lifted trucks, that description still stands. However, for normal diesel cars, nothing could be farther from the truth. Sure in the past, diesels were as crude as medieval torture, if not more. But diesel cars of today are awesome! Here are some reasons why:
Diesel motors have come a long, long way since when they were first introduced. They are smooth as silk, and sound just like, if not better, than some of their gasoline counter parts. Back in the day, you could point out diesels from the crowd, like you can with tourists in NYC today. But now, a diesel and petrol equivalent car usually looks (and sounds) exactly the same. There isn’t (as much) clunking for the engine, black smoke is pretty much non-existent, and the smell isn’t as pungent. So if you think a diesel would make yourself stick out, your wrong. Only the ones that “know” will know your car is an oil burner.
“Economy to Power Ratio”
Hybrids (like the horror that is the Prius) are the go to car for many who want fuel economy. Yes they are efficient, but only under certain conditions. Go on the highway while keeping up with the flow of traffic, and it soon becomes apparent that hybrids have their drawbacks…the main being power. Normal hybrids (not Porsches or McLarens but Toyotas and Hondas) usually have a relatively small motor, which is fine when you’re in the city going to Starbucks. But when you actually need to do some work, like merging on the highway or aggressively overtaking someone, those wittle engines just don’t cut it. Diesel motors, on the other hand, not only have the power/torque to do work, but also deliver the same if not more efficiency than a hybrid. Sure, horsepower figures may seem low, but it’s the torque that really matters. The massive amounts of torque from diesels will help get of the line faster, as well as pull faster when trying to overtake. I’ve personally taken a VW Passat TDI on a trip that was around 300miles long. I was constantly accelerating and deceleration, and my average speed of travel for that trip was around 85mph. In short, I was having a hell of a time. If I were in my A6 or SL, I’d probably average around 20mpg. A Prius would probably average around 24-25mpg. The Passat averaged 42mpg. If that doesn’t demonstrate the power of a diesel car, I really don’t know what will. Maybe the next thing on this list, which is…
“Cost of Ownership”
Diesel’s may seem expensive when looking at the sticker price. However, the thing is they are actually great value for money. For starters, paying sticker is for the weak or unintelligent. TrueCar is great for getting a sense of price ranges, but you could still do more. Negotiating on price is still the best way to save $$$. Second, most diesels come with some sort of tax incentive, usually for businesses (so just put it under the business). Third, diesel cars have lower maintenance than gas equivalents. Yes you have to get emissions fluid every 7,000-10,000 miles, but that’s about it. Diesel engines are a little simpler than petrol motors, which equates to less potential for problems. This is why diesel motors usually take around 50,000 miles to break in.
If you hate having to fill-up gas, but don’t want an electric, then go diesel. Diesels usually have double the range of the gasoline cars. A regular BMW 535i gets around 400 miles a tank; a 535d can get at least 800 miles a tank. You could drive 100 miles day, and only have to visit the station once a week. Sure the diesel may cost around $15.00 more per tank, but that’s still cheaper than filling up another tank.
“Resale, Resale, Resale”
Diesels cars hold value better than gasoline cars. They are reliable, great high mileage cars; which is why dealers and buyers are willing to pay a little more for your old diesel. If you’re the type of guy (or gal) who considers resale when purchasing a new car, consider going diesel. If you need some proof, go on eBay and compare the used diesels with gasoline counterparts.