BRITS could save up to £400 a year by sticking with their diesel despite the threat of toxic taxes, according to new research.
Although drivers face hefty pollution penalties, switching into a petrol could actually leave them out of pocket.
Vehicle data expert Cap Hpi revealed diesel still offers huge fuel efficiency benefits to long distance drivers – and owners shouldn’t rush to sell.
Making the move into a petrol motor would mean spending around £380 extra on fuel for the average 10,000-mile a year driver, analysis found.
And if you rack up even more motorway miles fuel bills will rocket even higher in a petrol.
Cap Hpi’s calculations also took into account the extra cash you’d have to spend up front on a diesel so even if you’re in the market for a new car you shouldn’t rule out the fuel just yet.
The analysis compared bills on a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel Nissan Qashqai.
Both of these models would be exempt from any toxic charges like the London T-Charge as they feature new Euro 6 emissions tech, too.
Despite the savings revealed, sales of new diesels fell by almost a third last month.
Matt Freeman, Cap Hpi managing consultant, said: “It’s important for drivers to look at their real-world use of their vehicle and select the right powertrain: if you’re a high-mileage driver you should still be considering a diesel vehicle because of the better fuel economy.
“It’s important that consumers make informed decisions.
“For new vehicle buyers there will be much more choice in coming years: almost every manufacturer is launching hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric vehicles over the next five years.
But again, consumers need to make informed choices based on their needs, or they risk paying the price at the pumps.”
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