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Does a diesel car save you cash?

  • Diesel share hits record high for sales in 2010
  • Does the fuel saving outweigh the extra premium?

Buying a diesel car is more fuel efficient and will save you more money compared to a petrol model and that seems to be the thinking of car buyers in the UK.

In 2010 the share of diesel cars sold hit a record high of 46.1% of overall sales for the year. This is up more from 41.7% on the previous year, while shares for petrol models is down from 57.5% to 52.8%.

With some manufacturers cutting the premium between petrol and diesel models and the big price difference on the forecourt starts to come down, the idea of diesel saving car buyers cash could be returning.

But are potential customers really saving themselves any money opting for diesel cars?

In some cases buyers will recoup their diesel premium within a matter of weeks or a few years while others will have to do incredibly high mileages and a number of years before they save any money.

 

Petrol model Diesel model Diesel premium Mileage to break even July 2009 Time to break even
Audi A3 S/back 1.8 TFSI SE S/back 2.0 TDI SE   £175 4,202 128 days
Audi A6 2.8 FSI S Line auto  2.7 TDI S Line auto   £615 16.353 1 year
BMW 318i SE saloon  318d SE saloon   £2,570 77,475 6 years
BMW 523i SE auto   525d SE auto   £1,740 68,015 6 years
Citroen C3 1.4 VTR+ 5dr  1.4 HDi VTR+   £1,100 34,414 3 years
Ford Focus 1.6 Style 5dr  1.6 TDCi Style 5dr   £1,250 32,123 3 years
Ford Mondeo 2.0 Zetec 5dr  2.0 TDCi Zetec 5dr   £1,450    29,391 2 years
Ford S-MAX 2.0 Titanium  2.0 TDCi Titanium   £1,550   42,721 4 years
Honda Civic 1.8i-VTEC ES 5dr  2.2i-CTDi ES 5dr   £1,505 62,521 5 years
Honda Accord 2.0i ES GT saloon

2.2i-DTEC ES GT saloon 

£1,925    66,330 6 years
Honda CR-V 2.0i-VTEC ES  2.2i-CTDi ES   £1,875    62,468 5 years
Mazda2 1.3 TS2 3dr  Mazda2 1.4D TS2 3dr   £1,585    85,420 7 years
Mazda6 1.8 TS 5dr   2.2d TS (129) 5dr   £1,070 46,466 4 years
Nissan Note 1.4 Acenta 5dr  1.5 dCi Acenta 5dr  £1,000   33,887 3 years
Nissan Qashqai 2.0 Tekna  2.0 dCi Tekna   £1,450   39,964 3 years
Peugeot 207 1.6 Sport (120bhp) 3dr  1.6 HDi (112) Sport 3dr  £1,350    228,733 19 years
Peugeot 308 1.6 VTi S 5dr  1.6 HDI (112) S 6sp 5dr  £1,500 41,695 3 years
Renault Clio 1.6 VVT GT 3dr  1.5 dCi GT 3dr £960    421,920 2 years
Renault Megane Coupe 1.6 Expression 1.5 dCi (106) Expression  £1,560 34,491 3 years
SEAT Leon 1.4 TSI S 1.6 TDI Ecomotive S  £250 5,597 170 days
Toyota Yaris 1.3 VVTi-TR 5dr  1.4 D-4D TR 5dr  £1,070    63,808 5 years
Toyota Avensis VVT-i T2

2.2 D-4D T2 

£1,000    40,238 3 years
Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SXi 3dr  1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX SXi 3dr   £645   

31,225

3 years
Vauxhall Astra 1.6 SE  1.7 CDTi SE £1,425 42,958 4 years
Vauxhall Insignia 1.8 SE 5dr 2.0 CDTi SE 5dr   £1,440    47,227 4 years
Volvo V50 1.6 ES  1.6D DRIVe ES £2,825 46,488 4 years