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What type of engine should my new car have (electric, diesel, gasoline) ?
I'm planning to buy new car soon and would like your opinion on what type of engine should I choose. I would like to know what are the advantages and disadvantages f each type.

It's really subjective on what you like as a car owner and on your budget of your purchase. Electric car tend to be slightly expensive than petrol or diesel engine

Petrol/Gasoline Engine - Current mass adoption, parts are easily replaceable and fix is easy, petrol station is everywhere and less headache.

Diesel Engine - High mileage on one single tank, more torque on an Internal Combustion Engine than Petrol and fixing is relatively easy but government is starting to clamp down output on diesel engine and long term diesel engine will produce black smoke.

Electric Engine - Trend is starting, quiet, more torque than every vehicle on road but electric that you're charging for your vehicle is not as clean as you would thought (depend on which country you are from)

Best bet now is still gasoline and diesel engine, electric engine is still a way to go. Maybe on the next 5-10 year when renewable engine like solar is taking over coal power plant in major city.


Judging by the current trend, I believe many will agree with me, electric for the win. However, talking about affordability and availability and the amount of time you tend to possess the NEW car, you should reconsider gasoline or diesel depending on your preference. Here's a few point I wish to highlight.


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1. Electric car is good, but the price is not as friendly as traditional combustion engined vehicle

2. Considering if you're going to change car every few years, the resell value for electric car is no doubt worst compare to traditional combustion engined cars. Mainly due to worries of the expansive battery pack for the electric car, there are not many willing to pay for a used electric car. If the battery dead, the replacement cost would costs the car itself.

3. Depending on which country/area are you staying. In most third world country, there are still very limited charge pad for EV. If I have it here, I'd be worry enough to bring along my slow charger along and be ready to get stranded by some cowboy town for 13 hours charging time. Plug in baby.

4. Technically, EV have very little maintenance item compare to traditional combustion engined vehicle. However, parts may not be readily available if there is a need for replacement repair.

5. Off-road junkie? Diesel truck please, make sure it has a huge turbo, big enough to stuck a life size chicken in it. Also, green diesel vehicle nowadays offer better emission control then most petrol engined vehicle! Other than that, for long distance travel, some of those diesel powered trucks have the travel range of touching thousand miles.

6. Petrol heads. You know how it works. Nothing beats the exhaust note came out from a gasoline engine. For tree huggers, why not opt for hybrid engined vehicle? Long range travel no problem. Petrol savings, like half the requirement compare to petrol engine.

However, if you already planned for it, wanted a working donkey that commute you on daily basis, silent baby, and intend to keep the EV like forever, not going to bother to sell it regardless, has to be ready for a rocket maintenance bill in case anything goes wrong with the car, please by all means. Get an EV.

Hope this help.


There is no one-size-fits-all answer to that question. Not even close. The answer depends on a host of factors you don't mention in your question.

Electric car


- Much lower fuel and maintenance costs

- Less wear and tear in city traffic


- Higher upfront cost

- Battery capacity may be inadequate for driving long distances

- Charging station network might be inadequate particularly in rural areas

- In cold climates, heating may use up a lot of battery life and the cold might lower it by itself.

Gasoline powered car


- Range not a problem

- The lowest upfront price of the three


- The highest fuel costs of the three

- Higher maintenance cost than with electric

Diesel powered car


- Better fuel economy than with gasoline

- Range is even less of a problem than with gasoline


- Higher upfront cost than with gasoline (but lower than electric)

- The most polluting option of the three. Governments may hike taxes on it in the future.

You can use this vehicle cost calculator to try and quantify the cost differences:


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Buying s new car and choosing the type of engine it should have is dependent of certain factors.

The first is the country you are in, as you know, choosing an electric engine means you'd have to recharge the batteries regularly and if you are in a country with bad power supply, the car might end up been useless and a piece of garbage. The country where I'm from, electric cars are not even sold because even the masses can't boast of enjoying electricity for a full day and if electric cars are introduced, it would further worsen the matter because cars would consume as much electricity as the house would need.

Furthermore, choosing a diesel engine over a petrol engine also depends on your financial provision for your car. For instance refueling diesel engines is much more expensive than refueling petrol engines. Diesel prices sometimes can be double or triple petrol prices and if you do not have enough financial provision to cater for that I'd suggest you go for a petrol engine.

In light with the foregoing, petrol engine cars is the most common type of cars all over the world. Only trucks and big vehicles majorly uses diesel engine but normal cars uses petrol engine because it is more economical and suitable for cars. This brings me to the fact that selecting the type of engine your car would use is also dependent on the type of cars in vogue and the model and make of car you want to buy.

Also, your individual taste and dislike matters. Even you prefer a diesel engine car to a petrol engine or electric engine you might just go for it you can afford it.

Affordability of maintenance cost is also another salient factor to consider before choosing the type of car engine you want. Electric engine is much most costlier than diesel engine which cost of repairing and maintaining a petrol engine is the cheapest.

Also, the cost of each CaR Price with the different type of engine varies with electric engines as the most expensive, followed by the diesel engine and the cost effective petrol engine.

Conclusively, if I'm to advice you on the engine of the car to pick I'd say you should first assess your choice using the above factors and then make a decision that would best suit you, your environment, and would be cost effective.


It all depends where you live.

If you live in Africa like where i do the choice would be taken out of your hands. There isn't enough electricity for all the houses let alone cars. The entire infrastructure needs to be replaced at some point as it is sub standard.

The choice between diesel,gasoline and electric then in Africa would have to be diesel. Firstly it is cheaper to operate and the economy per liter is superior to gasoline.

If I was living in Europe and electric charging stations were in place I would still choose gasoline or diesel. The  electric technology is too new and still way too expensive. Like all technology when it is first introduced it is very expensive before mass adoption. In ten years time it will be different as all the teething issues like recharging and spares will be sorted out.

There will be new models with better technology being introduced yearly and as more car manufacturers come on board the prices will tumble. Why pay for something that is going to come down in value within a few years.

I would choose a gasoline car if i lived in Europe or the States  due to these factors. i like the idea of an electric car but it won't be convenient and ready at realistic prices for at least another 5 to 10 years.

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I love my diesel Jetta. I get around 45-50 miles per gallon. Next would be gas and last would be Electric. Electric technology has not come far enough. With the battery tech getting better every year I believe that electric will have a chance to start taking over around 2023. Well maybe not take over but at least hold more of a market share.


For many years, the purchase of a Diesel vehicle had become a reflex. Part of the motorists considering that this motorization was majority and adapted to all. Today, the end of Diesel forces us to review our way of choosing the motorization of our future car by finding:

* Gasoline: diesel's flagship competitor, gasoline is more and more demanded by motorists. But is this alternative really suitable for everyone? The answer is no. Gasoline is a great choice if you drive less than 20,000 kilometers a year.

* Hybrid: Inaugurated by Toyota and its Prius, this technology is gradually making its way in France even if not all models do not necessarily present this alternative. The principle is simple: to have a gasoline engine and an electric motor able to complement each other. This type of engine needs to be known for its ability to mitigate the fall of the Diesel: for those who drive mainly in the city and drive many miles, it is a purchase quickly profitable.

* The electric: Widely acclaimed and yet still few motorists dare to take the plunge. The fault of some fears about the autonomy of the vehicles and a tariff can be perceived as being too high? Surely, but beyond the accepted ideas, it is necessary to know that this type of motorization makes good progress to become the cars of tomorrow.

In summary, for those who want to abandon the Diesel, hybrid technology seems to be a nice alternative, reliable although little known.

For those who would still be reluctant to abandon their Diesel, a common misconception often comes back: "Diesel is more economical because it consumes less". This is true, however other parameters remain to be taken into account such as insurance and maintenance more expensive, the particle filter to replace ...


It depends. And has lots of personal reasons. I have drivers licence 35 years. Never had a diesel, and I am very confident I will never have one. DO have a big hope my next car will be electric. Just can not remain rational and calm, once I see (and feel) the torque of P100D.