Astra.Xtreme, on 22 January 2013 - 04:41, said:
Not being disrespectful, but modern diesel engines, like the new Volvo and BMW engines, have been proven to be less polluting than equivalent petrol combustion engines, now I''m afraid I don't have the news story available to back that claim up.
I just remembered something I heard in 5th Gear, and Top Gear (UK Motor tv shows, in actuality, Top Gear has been described as Children's TV for dads) when they were doing reviews on these cars.
In the UK tho, the diesel engine is rapidly becoming the king of the hill, because of how much fuel prices are, it also lets low income families, (and me) have larger cars than we could normally afford, due to some degree on savings per mile. My own car A Vauxhall Omega, is a gas or petrol engine vehicle which I'm looking to replace with either a Chrysler Grand Voyager minivan or possibly a Toyota Previa, 1, for family reasons, a 5 seater car is no longer practical because my mom has moved back in with us and in our family hierarchy, the youngest son looks after the parents when they become old, and 2, I sat down and worked out even with more than usualy mileage, beyond the ususal commute to work, get the shopping, pick up the kids etc... I stand to gain an additional 15 or if I'm careful 30 miles, per gallon.
But like I said, this is being dictated to us due to finances. I do not have a problem with Petrol engine cars.
So for the OP if you're in a similar financial situation, I'd unfortunately have to recommend a diesel engine car. (But acknowledge, that any small enigne car would do you well if you're only doing town and city driving)