Sunday, June 17, 2012

Compare Petrol vs Diesel vs LPG vs CNG cars

When deciding to buy a car, in today’s market you have 4 variants: petrol, diesel, LPG and CNG. Which one you should buy depends on some basic factors:
  • Cost of vehicle
  • Mileage
  • Running cost (what you spend on travel per km)
  • Insurance
  • Maintenance
  • Re-sale value
  • Fuel availability

A CNG car may be the cheapest variant of them all & its low running cost could save you some bucks, but keep in mind that CNG cars do not have great re-sale value. Diesel cars are the ones which have the best re-sale value & are ideal for those who wish to have the same car for 5 or more years, using it to travel approx. 1,000kms each month. This applies to an LPG car too. However, if you love buying a new car every second or third year, the petrol variant is best as it would incur less costs than a diesel or LPG variant.

Cost of vehicleMileage Running costInsurance costMaintenance cost
PetrolCheapest1 litre/15kmsMost expensiveLowestLeast expensive
DieselMost expensive1 litres/21kmsCheaper than petrol, second to CNGHighest Catching up with petrol cars
LPGCostlier than petrol, cheaper than diesel1 litre/13kmsCheaper than petrol but more expensive than Diesel & CNGMore than petrol carNearly the same as petrol car
CNGCostlier than petrol, cheaper than diesel1 litre/16kmsCheapest as CNG is cheaper Second to DieselNearly the same as petrol car

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