Which Fuel type to opt for – Petrol, Diesel, LPG, CNG?
Petrol, Diesel, LPG (Auto Gas) or CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) – which fuel option should I choose? This is one of the common and often a confusing question for a new car buyer. In this post I will try to give an answer to this assuming that you have finalized a car and it is available in all four fuel options.
Before starting, just want to highlight that power and pick-up of the car do get compromised a bit along with boot space if you are running on LPG or CNG fuel-type. However, this is marginal and you can adjust your driving style accordingly. On the other hand, modern day diesel cars are equally refined as petrol variant but, require higher maintenance cost compared to others.
Coming back to our original question, following would be the cost scenario for almost any car you buy irrespective of segment:
|Type of Fuel||Cost of Car (INR.)||Milage (kmpl)||Cost of Fuel (INR.)||Running Cost (INR.)|
When to go with a petrol car?
If your car’s running requirement is less than 600 kilometers a month or 7,500 kilometers in a year, simply choose a Petrol variant as you would not be able to offset the additional cost of any other fuel-type. It will take around 3 years to break-even if you think of buying a car with other fuel options.
When to go with a LPG car?
If your car’s running requirement is around 10,000+ kilometers in a year, you can opt for a LPG variant which would provide you with a good bargain in long run. Moreover, the advantage with LPG is that it is easily available in most of the cities in India as well as highways so you can go for those long drives without the need of switching to petrol mode.
When to go with a CNG or Diesel car?
If your car’s running is more than 1,500 kilometers monthly, you should ideally choose between a CNG or Diesel variant as they would be most cost effective. CNG has an overall lower cost of ownership compared to Diesel in terms of initial investment, running as well as maintenance. Having said that, a diesel car would give you more punch (read it as power and pick-up). In-fact modern day diesel cars are more powerful than their petrol siblings (leave alone CNG/LPG) due to really high torque that comes at very low RPM. Also, diesel cars can travel the most distance on a tank full whereas CNG can do only 150-200km depending upon the tank capacity you have fitted-in. So if you really love long drives or frequently go out-station for work or leisure then opt for diesel as CNG is currently available only in select cities which can also be a problem as you will end up running on petrol for most part of your journey which would not be a good preposition. Also, re-fuelling CNG takes much more time than tanking up diesel or petrol.
The above are my personal experience and thoughts and if you feel that something is amiss or incorrect then please do provide feedback in the comments section below and I will update it.