2.3.47.2, 2017-10-10 18:26:25

The fuel facts

In spring 2017 the government drafted a plan to improve air quality across the UK. It’s likely to start a shift in the way we think about petrol and diesel, or at least encourage operators to consider their options. So it’s a good time to get clear on the benefits of both.

What does diesel do best?

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Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) drivers love diesel. Higher torque (pulling power) means they make light work of hard work, are great for towing and can do more miles per gallon, which makes them great for motorway and long-distance driving. Yet with the cost of diesel expected to rise, you’ll need to do more miles to realise the savings.

Where does petrol make sense?

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New modern and efficient petrol LCVs shine on short distances. MPG is lower, yet petrol and initial purchase cost costs are cheaper, and their smooth drive and quick acceleration is ideal for A and B roads, and city streets. So for drivers who stay local, petrol makes more sense than ever. However, if – like other decision-makers – you’re looking for petrol LCVs that get the job done, you may have found yourself coming up short. Until now. 

The petrol line up

Volkswagen offers more petrol LCVs and people carriers than you might think. The Caddy Panel Van has three petrol engine options (1.0 TSI, 1.2 TSI and 1.4TSI) and there are petrol options across the Transporter range. Caddy Life and Caddy Maxi Life both offer a petrol option, as do the Caravelle and California.

The bottom line

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Our petrol and diesel LCVs have always been about the same cost to buy, but our petrol Caddy and Transporter models now cost less than their diesel counterparts. The whole-life cost gap is starting to narrow too. Under the government’s plans, road tax – traditionally cheaper for diesel – will be the same for both, while fuel, insurance premiums and service costs will continue to be lower for petrol.

Expanding our petrol range and offering a new alternative in the multi-award-winning Transporter range offers customers choice, while our Van Centres are also available to offer advice on the right choice for every fleet and operator.

A quick guide to petrol vs diesel

Petrol
Diesel
Suited to A- and B-roads
Suited to motorway driving
Great for a sportier driving style
Great for towing
Ideal for driving in the city
Ideal for hilly countryside
Economical for short distances
More economical over long distances
Cheaper initial purchase costs
More expensive initial purchase costs
Cheaper insurance premiums
More expensive insurance premiums
Cheaper servicing costs
More expensive servicing costs

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