Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Diesel Car

Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Diesel Car
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10. Full of torque

When it comes to alternative fuel vehicles, hybrid and electric cars are all the rage these days. However, diesel still has its selling points and a diesel-powered car may be the right ride for you.

Some may say that horsepower is what matters, but anyone with a basic understanding of an internal combustion engine can tell you that it’s simply a byproduct of torque. Besides, torque plays an important part in the sensation of speed.

The feeling of a turbo-diesel pushing you back in your seat is hard to beat, and something that few hybrids (if any) can imitate. In the case of Volkswagen’s diesel Jetta and Golf, with 236 lb-ft of twist, there’s more torque available than in even the performance models: the GLI and GTI, which have just 207 lb-ft.

Yes, diesel vehicles have a lot of torque and while that’s a lot of fun for the everyday driver, it’s a necessity for trucks. Towing heavy loads requires plenty of grunt, which is why all heavy-duty trucks come with an available diesel power plant.

It also means that a V6 diesel can do the work of many V8 gasoline engines, which is why Mercedes equips its BlueTec V6 diesel in many of its SUVs.

  • Transpower

    So, just combine a Diesel engine with hybrid batteries and get even more efficiency….

  • Yoda

    Weight issues…diesels are significantly heavier tan the Atkinson gas powerplant

  • rockstar

    diesels are good but japanese diesels are better and more cleaner runing you guys forgot that !!!

  • Herman

    Just bought a VW Jetta TDI last month. (Bought the TOP of the line version for under $30K) Drove it from the middle of Illinois to the gulf coast of Florida on 1 1/4 tanks of fuel…cost to fill up my new ride was only $53 and I got a range of 600+ miles per tank. All while driving 70mph.

    Would also like to mention that a Jetta is NOT a compact car….it is the same size (if not bigger) than my inlaws Toyota Camry.

    Haven’t met a single person who has ridden in, or drove, my car that wasn’t impressed with its performance and handling.

    FYI, something the author doesn’t state is that, if properly maintained, a diesel will easily pass 250K on the odometer without issue.

    Why get a hybrid when you can get a diesel?!?!

  • Ron Ungerer

    And yet… Vehicles that CRY for a diesel have been left waiting… waiting… teased – then again waiting… The softer side Jeep models have gotten diesels several times for a couple of years – then the oil burners were no more!! Sold out of dealerships that sell and service hundreds of Cummins diesels in Rams & Mercedes in Sprinters – only to be clueless about service for the Mercedes and VM diesels in the Jeeps!!! The Jeep Wranglers which could really use the eco boost of a diesel – waiting, waiting!!! Oh, well, teased about 2016… AGAIN???