Design & Technology / Lifestyle

Gasoline or diesel – Which engine is right for you? October 30th, 2015




If car lamps are the ‘eyes’ of the car, the engine can only be described as its ‘heart.’ The choice of an engine is an especially important decision for anyone in the market for a new car. The type of engine you choose will have a big impact on your car’s performance. So what should you consider when deciding between a diesel-powered and a gasoline-powered engine?




Diesel – Powerful and enduring

Diesel fuel delivers great fuel economy and mileage as it is one of the most energy dense fuels available. Because the fuel provides more torque, diesel-powered vehicles also offer impressive towing capacity. The engine itself also boasts a lengthy lifespan as the parts are built to withstand the high compressions and forces required when burning diesel fuel. Diesel engines can also run for longer distances without needing a break.

Although sturdy and long lasting, diesel engines are heavier and require frequent use and maintenance in order to stay in top condition. In addition, the cost of diesel has risen substantially over the years due to increasing demand. While prices may be volatile, diesel currently costs more than petrol.


Petrol – Swift and easy going

Compared to its diesel counterparts, petrol engines are far quieter and more refined. Gasoline-powered vehicles are less demanding and do not require constant upkeep, resulting in lower maintenance costs. Furthermore, gasoline engines offer faster response that allows for high speed performance and rapid acceleration. Petrol is also a cleaner fuel that results in lower emissions.

Nonetheless, petrol lacks the robust power and fuel efficiency that diesel provides. Petrol-powered engines also have comparatively shorter lifespans.




Which engine is right for you?

Ultimately, the decision comes down to a driver’s daily usage and lifestyle. If you constantly travel long distances and prioritize vehicle reliability, then diesel is probably the choice for you. If you use your car less frequently, travel shorter distances or aren’t very car maintenance savvy, petrol may be the better choice.




As Kia’s worldwide customer base continues to grow, so does the need for dynamic and diversified vehicles to fit their different lifestyles. Developments in automobile technology include the modification of engine systems to address a variety of performance needs. Stay tuned for the latest developments from Kia as we dedicate ourselves to creating multi-talented vehicles that suit the needs of our global fans and their lifestyles!