UK: Petrol cars still the people’s choice image

Petrol cars still beat diesel models in the popularity stakes despite the typically higher fuel economy of diesel engines, a recent study of UK motorists shows. asked over 1700 people*; ‘When you next change your car, what type of fuel will you opt for?’ of which 35 per cent opted for a petrol model compared to 25 per cent for diesel.
High diesel prices may be making car buyers think twice about running a diesel car despite the typically strong fuel efficiency of these cars. Such efficiency capabilities are helping to boost interest in hybrid models however, as 10 per cent said they would buy a hybrid. This is impressive as alternative fuel vehicles, including hybrids, claimed just 1.1 per cent of the UK’s new car market in 2010**.
Diesel cars attracted a higher percentage of the male vote, however, with 29 per cent of men compared to 22 per cent of women saying they would choose a diesel car.

A further 4 per cent said they didn’t care about fuel type. Worringly for the motor trade, almost one in four (24 per cent) respondents said they didn’t have any plans to change their car currently- a sign of the ongoing fragility of the UK economy.


Petrol: 35%

Diesel: 25%

Hybrid: 10%

Electric: 2%

I don’t care about fuel type: 4%

I don’t plan on changing my car: 24%