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Why aren't there more recommendations for petrol-driven cars?

I often read the so-called ‘Best Buys’ in magazines like ‘What Car’ but more often than not the recommendation is for a diesel. I shall drive no more than 8000 miles a year and, given your advice about the various problems that can occur with low mileage diesel engines, I would like to see more recommendations for petrol-driven engines. Personally, I am interested in the Audi / BMW / Jaguar automatic group of cars.

Asked on 11 May 2013 by CP, York

Answered by Honest John
Depends how you are going to drive the car. Repeated short suns from cold - electric. Mixture of short runs from cold and longer runs - petrol hybrid. Some short runs from cold and some longer runs, but no more than 10,000 miles a year total - petrol. Big mileage of over 15,000 miles a year - diesel. The new Lexus IS300h at £30,000 with free annual tax might interest you.
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