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Types of fuel: gasoline, hybrid, Diesel and LPG. Advantages, disadvantages, cost

24 October 2022

Generally, there are four types of fuel – Diesel, gasoline, gas, and hybrid. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. When planning to change your car, one of the crucial decisions is selecting the type of fuel.



The principle of the Diesel has always been decreasing the exploitation costs, compared to the gasoline.

Advantages of Diesel

  • lower fuel consumption compared to the gasoline engines – it results in saving on fuel and increased vehicle range,
  • low maintenance – the Diesel engines failures are rare. However, there’s also another side of the coin – when a failure does happen, the cost of its repair is much higher than in the case of the gasoline engine. It especially concerns the typical ills of the moderns Diesels – injections, turbochargers, the particulate matter filters, and the dual-mass flywheel.
  • more flexibility – cars with the Diesel engine are easier to use for people less experienced with operating the gear box.


Disadvantages of Diesel

  • lesser durability than the gasoline engines – long durability of the Diesel engines is unfortunately now only a legend, which has originated in the times when these engines were naturally aspirated. Then, they could really drive for even a million of kilometers. However, the contemporary Diesel engines don’t have much in common with their durable precursors – they’re equipped with i.a. turbochargers, complex injection systems, particulate matter filters, and dual-mass flywheels, elements which breakdown relatively quickly;
  • more expensive – due to the probable saving connected with low fuel consumption and the common belief of its durability, both on the primary and the secondary market, a car with the Diesel engine is more expensive than the model with the gasoline one.

Generally, the Diesel cars are chosen by people who drive a lot, and usually on routes. This is because by regularly driving long distances, you can save on the fuel, which compensates for the higher purchase cost and expensive repairs.



On the other hand, the Diesel engines are not recommended for people who drive little, and usually in the city.




Most of the advantages and the disadvantages of the gasoline are the same as the Diesel.


Advantages of gasoline

  • lower purchase cost – the same car with the Diesel or the hybrid engine is more expensive,
  • lower repair cost – fixing faults of the gasoline engines is usually cheaper compared to Diesel,
  • prestige – gasoline-fueled cars are considered by some as more prestigious than the “clattering” Diesel engines.
  • possibility of installing the gas system – often, you can install an LPG system in a gasoline-fueled car, which will decrease the driving costs.


Disadvantages of gasoline

  • higher exploitation costs – the gasoline engines consume more fuel than the Diesel ones,
  • short service life of the engine.

Cars with the gasoline engines are most often chosen by people who don’t drive often enough to invest in an LPG installation or the same model with the Diesel engine. A gasoline-fueled car is often chosen as the second car in the family, which is used only for short commuting to work or shopping.


LPG installation

Many people think that the LPG installation is a way to mitigate the biggest advantage which the Diesel engines have over the gasoline ones, i.e. the exploitation costs. It’s no surprise, as LPG is half the price of gasoline on average. However, this solution is not perfect.


Advantages of the LPG installation

  • LPG does not impact the steel corrosion,
  • compared to other engines, it’s exhaust emission is lower,
  • gas is much cheaper than gasoline or Diesel, sometimes it’s half their price,
  • appropriate for people who drive a lot,
  • possibility of alternative power supply.


Disadvantages of the LPG installation

  • the necessity to interfere in the car construction, unless the car was equipped with the gas installation by default,
  • loss of space – the gas tank takes plenty o room in the trunk. In order to minimalise the unfortunate result of storing an LPG tank, drivers often decide to install it in the place where the spare wheel is usually stored;
  • more frequent and longer gas station visits – refueling LPG takes longer than gasoline, in addition, sometimes the safety regulations require a gas station employee to do it. Besides, gas runs out relatively soon, due to the small capacity of the tank.
  • power loss – a gasoline engine fueled with gas will have power lower by a few percentages than the default power,
  • infrastructure access limitations – car with LPG are not allowed to enter e.g. underground park lots.
  • difficulties in refueling the tank abroad – LPG is very popular in Poland, but refueling in other countries might be difficult. You might end up searching quite long for a gas station with available LPG. So, if you plan many trips abroad, the gas installation is not the best solution.

When deciding to install an LPG system, you should calculate, if and when such investment can be profitable for you. Also, keep in mind that an additional installation requires technical reviews and repairs, which increases the car exploitation costs.


Pay attention

Therefore, a car with a gas installation is suitable for people who drive a lot, and at the same time accept to lose some space in their trunk and visit gas stations often. This model suits the best people who drive a lot of short distances.



Hybrid cars

Recently, the hybrid cars have become more and more popular and car manufacturers. It’s an interesting alternative for the traditional gasoline, Diesel or LPG.


Advantages of hybrid:

  • lower average fuel consumption,
  • driving with an electric engine allows lowering the parking lot fees, excise or exploitation costs,
  • power return during braking – allows recharging the battery,
  • driving comfort in cities,
  • smooth acceleration,
  • no need to have often technical reviews.


Disadvantages of hybrid:

  • during longer rides, or driving on highways, the fuel consumption is comparable with the simple combustion engines,
  • quite an unpleasant noise of the CVT transmission,
  • in the case of the plug-in hybrid, the access to a socket or a charging station is necessary in order to charge the batteries,
  • smaller trunk in many models.

To sum up the consideration concerning the advantages and the disadvantages of Diesels, gasoline engines, the LPG installations and the hybrids, we can say that the main factors which determine the choice of powering the next vehicle one purchases are: the number of kilometers driven per year and the distance of individual rides. If you don’t rive a lot per year, the gasoline engine is the best choice for you. When the number of driven kilometers is big, but the distances are usually short, then the LPG installation is worth considering. For people who drive a lot in long distances, Diesels are the best option. For those who drive primarily in the city, and don’t drive for long distances, the best solution is the car with a hybrid engine.


Types of fuel summary

When thoroughly analysing whether the best fuel option for you will be the Diesel, gasoline, LPG or hybrid, keep in mind that a lot depends on the model you’d like to purchase and the engines available for it. Sometimes, the choice between the Diesel and gasoline is illusory, e.g. due to the engines of one or the other type available for a particular model which are not very attention-worth. Then, it’s good to buy a car with a different type of fuel whose engine won’t cause you many problems. If you decide to choose gas, then bear in mind that some engines cannot be “gassed” at all, and some others don’t do well after that, and in result you’ll spend more than you would’ve saved on the fuel in the repair shops, due to the necessary engine repair.


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