Did you know the way you drive, where you drive and how far you drive, can all have a big influence on your vehicle’s performance and efficiency? For instance, regular commuting in start-stop city traffic will typically benefit from a different kind of power to daily journeys on a motorway.
A common misconception is that diesel vehicles are slower, noisier, and more expensive to run than petrol vehicles. However, improved diesel engine technologies and engineering advancements mean that the difference between the two is now barely noticeable. The low-speed torque of a diesel engine is ideal for towing as it allows for earlier gear changes and provides strong acceleration.
The top-end power of a petrol engine is smoother and more responsive; however, higher speeds are required to deliver the same torque as diesel engines.
Before purchasing any vehicle you should take into consideration your usual driving habits. Diesel engines are more efficient on longer journeys at higher speeds. But, if your usual driving habits consist of shorter journeys that are subject to the regular stopping and starting of city traffic, a diesel engine isn’t necessarily the best choice.
The higher energy density of diesel fuel, and the way energy is released during combustion, means that if you drive 12,000 miles or more per year, a diesel engine can offer a greater return on mileage. A diesel engine is therefore likely to be the most cost-effective choice.
Modern diesel vehicles are fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). This filter collects particulates in the exhaust to be burned off when it reaches a high temperature. Shorter journeys, such as those often taken in a city, make this process more difficult to achieve. All Land Rover vehicles fitted with Land Rover's new Diesel engines are a great fit for drivers predominantly taking longer journeys on motorways with some city travel. All our diesel vehicles are fitted with Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) and use Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to meet stringent regulations and lower tailpipe emissions.
Our petrol vehicles are an ideal choice for drivers who primarily take shorter journeys and tend to drive fewer miles on the motorway. For those predominantly driving in the city, a petrol, hybrid or all-electric vehicle might be a more suitable choice. Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV) combine many of the advantages of electric vehicles with the flexibility of a conventional combustion engine. Ideal for short regular journeys and occasional longer trips, delivering optimum performance and efficiency. Read more about how our revolutionary Plug-in Hybrid and mild hybrid powertrains can fit into your life.
In the next five years, Land Rover will welcome six pure electric variants as it continues to be the world leader of luxury SUVs through it’s three families of Range Rover, Discovery, and Defender. Read more here.