Ask a Question

Should I get diesel, petrol or hybrid for my next car?

I currently own a 2015 Renault Kadjar 1.5 diesel. We bought the car due to its ability to carry large loads, comfort on long journeys and fuel economy. It's been brilliant. I'm now considering changing it as I no longer need a car of this size. Do I buy diesel, petrol or hybrid though? My requirements are comfort on motorways, quiet inside the car, good fuel economy and a full size spare wheel. What do you suggest?

Asked on by

Unless you regularly do 20,000 miles a year, or need to tow something, or carry heavy loads or carry seven people, don't buy a diesel. Get a small turbo petrol or a hybrid. Generally, Peugeot/Citroen 1.2 Puretech are the best because they combine power, torque, fuel economy and (so far) excellent reliability. Puretech 130 best; Puretech 100 next best. All do about 50mpg, but automatics 5 - 10mpg less.

Honest John recommends carwow – find and buy your perfect car, in just a few clicks

Similar questions
Car manufacturers are continuing to manufacture diesel cars despite all the adverse publicity about diesel. Nearly all motoring websites continue to recommend diesel as the best buy in versions of automatic,...
I recently put a small deposit down on a 2017 Ka+. Yesterday, a friend told me that it's a poor Fiat engine and bad gearbox. I'm now worried. Could you please tell me if his information is correct?
I currently drive a 2011 Fiat Bravo Multijet diesel - I bought it for the MPG and it hasn't disappointed in that regard, although it's irritatingly unreliable and handling isn't great. Despite living in...
Related models
Renault styled alternative to Nissan Qashqai. 4WD steers and handles well for an SUV. Reasonably economical.
 

Ask Honest John

Value my car