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    • butterfly_mum
    • By butterfly_mum 9th Apr 18, 5:45 PM
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    what kind of fuel to go for?
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    • 9th Apr 18, 5:45 PM
    what kind of fuel to go for? 9th Apr 18 at 5:45 PM
    I'm looking at replacing my Megane as it doesn't have enough room in the cabin now that my children are tall (and haven't finished growing ). I do daily short journeys around town, longer 20-30 mile journeys once a week or so, and 2x 300 mile round-trips each month.
    The Megane is a 1.5 diesel, which I bought for economy and low road tax and it's been great on those points but I'm a bit wary of getting another diesel in case things like road tax shoot up. I will have approx 10k cash to spend plus trade-in on my old car and am struggling to work out what to look for. . Petrol and take the hit on the long journeys (I've done that trip in both petrol and diesel cars in the past and the difference in cost was amazing) / hybrid / risk another diesel? I was thinking hybrid but there doesn't seem to be much for my budget that would give us more room.

    Thanks for letting me pick you brains!
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    • Herzlos
    • By Herzlos 9th Apr 18, 5:52 PM
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    Petrol. You'll get a better car for the same money.
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 9th Apr 18, 5:55 PM
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    A hybrid won't save you much - if anything - on a long journey, when the electricity's not doing much, but may well be of benefit in your short-journey urban use. Consider the storage space trade-off though - hybrids need to put the batteries somewhere, and the usual location is under a false, raised boot floor.

    Fuel cost difference between petrol and diesel on a 300 mile round trip is unlikely to be much over a tenner if you're looking at similar sizes and types of car, maybe a third of the total fuel cost.


    Your regular long runs will mean DPF issues are likely to be minimised.
    • jimjames
    • By jimjames 9th Apr 18, 9:11 PM
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    Is a Megane particularly small? My grown up kids fit fine in a Golf which is the same class?
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    • Indout96
    • By Indout96 10th Apr 18, 9:54 AM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 9:54 AM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 9:54 AM
    Is a Megane particularly small? My grown up kids fit fine in a Golf which is the same class?
    Originally posted by jimjames

    Possibly the coupe version, I looked at one when they came out and the roof slopes quite a lot over the rear seats (also only 3 doors)
    Understeer is when the front of the car hits the wall.
    Oversteer is when the back of the car hits the wall
    BHP is how fast you hit the wall
    Torque is how far you take the wall after you hit it.
    • Pauciloquent 1
    • By Pauciloquent 1 10th Apr 18, 1:05 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 1:05 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 1:05 PM
    Petrol. You'll get a better car for the same money.
    Originally posted by Herzlos
    How do you arrive at that conclusion when the price of secondhand diesels has fallen so much?
    • fatrab
    • By fatrab 10th Apr 18, 1:35 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 1:35 PM
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    If it was me I'd be looking at a diesel. If you didn't have the 300 mile round trips then definitely petrol.

    I'm not worried about this whole diesel thing at all yet. Will they put tax up again on older cars? I'd be surprised if they did. They're only going up one band as it stands.

    Buy an efficient diesel (under 110g/km CO2) would be my advice. The savings on fuel will offset the rise in tax ten times over.
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    • Ranger8
    • By Ranger8 10th Apr 18, 3:04 PM
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    Safe with buying diesel for quite a while yet
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