Which should I buy – petrol or diesel?

Once the decision to buy a car, either new or used, is made, the next decision buyers struggle to make is, which is best, petrol or diesel? There is actually no right answer for this as it depends on your priorities and the type of driving you do.



Diesel cars are much quieter than they used to be, so it is unlikely that also more fuel-efficient than petrols, particularly for long journeys.

The most obvious downside is that diesel cars are that it more expensive to buy. For example, a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso costs about RM174,000 for the petrol but is about RM10,000 more for the diesel variant. Fortunately, diesel fuels and RON95 prices are about the same here.


Petrol cars are quieter, but there’s really not much in it nowadays.Except for large luxury sedans, some people carrier and SUVs, smaller vehicles do not usually have a diesel variant.

Another advantage for petrol is engine capacity. Diesels usually have a bigger engine block when compared to its petrol twin. Back at the CitroenC4 Grand Picasso for example, the petrol gets a 1.6-litre THP that makes about 165 hp and the diesel uses a 2.0-litre HDI that makes about 150 hp.