Fuel Calculator: How long does it take for these popular diesel cars to pay for themselves?

Those who want the most fuel efficient car will typically go straight for a diesel model – but diesel cars almost always carry a premium over their petrol counterparts. So while you might be saving money at the pumps, you still have to pay off that initial premium before the real savings begin.

We’ve taken ten popular cars and used the fuel calculator to work out how many miles you’d need to travel before the premium for diesel pays itself off. The comparison is between cars in the same trim level. These numbers don’t take into consideration other costs, like servicing or annual VED. 

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Skoda Yeti – 85,577 miles to break even

Visitors to HonestJohn.co.uk love the Yeti. It’s a very popular model in both petrol or diesel forms and it suits both engine types well – but based on SE trim the 105PS 1.6 TDI diesel costs £1490 more than the 105 PS 1.2 TSI petrol.

According to the fuel calculator picking the diesel will mean better fuel economy, but it’ll take more than 85,000 to pay off the difference with the economy savings. Unless you do some serious mileage, buying a diesel Yeti is likely a false economy. 

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