Here are five more misconceptions about diesel cars in India.

Diesel cars are SLOW

Figo auto

Diesel cars are openly accused of being slow and lethargic. Well, times have changed and there are many powerful diesel cars in the market now. Diesel cars like Ford Figo, Volkswagen Ameo, Maruti S-Cross 1.6, Hyundai Creta 1.6 and Verna 1.6 are some of the powerful diesel-powered vehicles that are available in the market.

Diesel engines have become much more powerful, cleaner and efficient than they used to be a few years ago. Modern diesel cars have better power and have an advantage over petrol cars with higher torque too. For instance, the Creta 1.6 Diesel (according to Motorbeam) does 0-100 Kph in a blinding 10.84 seconds. The Creta Petrol 1.6 is actually slower with a 0-100 Kph timing of 11.68 seconds. The scene is similar for many other cars.

Diesel cars have the highest fuel efficiency


Almost all the modern diesel hatchbacks and sedans return more than 20 km/l. It has become a common misconception that diesel cars have the highest fuel efficiency. People seem to have forgotten that petrol hybrids are now available and that these vehicles are more fuel efficient than even diesel engines. For example, India’s most fuel efficient car is the Volvo XC90 T8 hybrid. The petrol hybrid SUV that returns a maximum fuel efficiency of 57 km/l. Beat that, diesel!

Diesel cars are only meant for highways

Bangalore traffic

One common perception about diesel vehicles is that they are only meant for highway use. While diesels excel on open roads, they’re also terrific for city use. Due to the concentration of torque on the lower end of the rev range, diesel vehicles are much easier to drive in city traffic.

Good low end and mid range torque also means that gears don’t have to be frequently changed. Also, diesel cars start moving as soon as the clutch is released, which means that you do not have to use the accelerator during rush hour traffic. All in all, most diesel powered cars are much easier to drive in bumper to bumper traffic.

Higher altitudes are a problem for diesel vehicles


Petrol cars are said to be better performing than diesel vehicles at higher altitudes. This is not correct. At higher altitudes, the air becomes thin, making the engine run richer. Unlike the petrol vehicles, which struggle while running rich, a diesel engine happily chugs along even on a richer air-fuel mixture.

Diesel vehicles pollute more


Noisy and fuming diesel cars have become a thing of the past. Modern diesel engines are much cleaner. In fact, diesel engines produce less carbon dioxide than the petrol engines. The petrol engines, on the other hand, have lower NOx and particulate emissions than diesel. Diesel and petrol engines are almost similar when it comes to pollution. With stricter emission norms, both the engines have become cleaner and better.