What's the better choice - petrol or diesel?

I am 64 and want to buy my final car. I can’t make my mind up between petrol and diesel but would like a car with top spec used up to £20k. Will diesel will get hammered both in price difference, fuel cost and heavier tax?

Asked on 31 July 2019 by Jon O’Brien

Answered by Andrew Brady
It depends on the kind of driving you do. Petrols are best suited to short journeys, low annual mileages and driving in urban areas. Diesels are better for regular long-distance driving, high annual mileages and towing. If you cover more than 12,000 miles a year and regularly drive at motorway speeds for extended periods, a diesel might be a good option. If not, stick with a petrol or hybrid model.
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