I'm buying a diesel but just read about DPF issues when used for short trips. Should I be right to panic?

I'm a bit of a novice and don't know much about DPFs and diesel engines (or...well... cars in general). Normal small family car use, so mostly shop trips, longer 20min+ drives at weekends and a few longer motorway drives throughout the year. I'm buying a 2013 Kia Cee'd diesel auto and, now reading about diesels and DPF issues, I'm panicking. Should I be rethinking this purchase?

Asked on 3 June 2020 by Steve Boyle

Answered by Dan Powell
Diesel engines are not designed for low-mileage use. The feedback we get from drivers who use diesels for short trips is overwhelmingly negative, with a lengthy catalogue of EGR and DPF faults. Some cars are better than others (we get receive very few Kia DPF complaints) but my advice is to always avoid diesel unless you drive at least 15 miles per trip.
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