Should I buy a petrol or diesel car for my 35-mile commute?

I'm looking at getting a used estate for around £15-18k budget. I'll need it three days a week to go between Bristol and Cardiff and would drive through/around Cardiff City Centre.

I'll also do some long business trips as well, and holiday trips so likely around 8-10,000 miles per year. I've never owned a diesel and, of course, wary of any charges they may introduce for these cities, as well as running/maintenance costs. Which cars would you suggest?

Asked on 16 August 2021 by Patrick Hathaway

Answered by Dan Powell
That reads like a round trip of 70-miles, which is more than enough for a diesel. I'd recommend something comfortable and spacious like the Skoda Octavia Estate 2.0 TDI or old shape Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC. The Civic will return 60+mpg:
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