Although there has been a lot of negative press surrounding diesel fuel in recent years, that doesn’t mean it’s all bad. Vehicle manufacturers have gone to great lengths to respond, by making significant developments in cleaner, more efficient diesel engine technology to meet new regulations like Euro6.
A principal reason to purchase a diesel vehicle is that you benefit from better returns. For example, you can get between 15 and 20 percent more miles per gallon compared to a petrol – meaning fewer stops at the pumps.
Did you know that diesel vehicles have superior fuel economy when compared to petrol variants? That means that running costs are lower – in fact, diesel cars can save drivers around 2p for every mile you travel (depending on current fuel prices, of course).
The latest diesel vehicles are cleaner than you might expect – as part of a bid to keep emissions down and improve their environmental credentials. AdBlue (post-combustion treatment that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions) and DPF (diesel particular filter, which removes matter from the exhaust) technology is now fitted in most diesel powertrains.
Recent technological developments also extend to the diesel itself, with cleaner options now available. Ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD) now contains up to 97 percent less sulphur. In diesel vehicles, this reduces soot emissions by 10 percent, which can actually help to lower your road tax costs.