Drive in diesel

Discover the characteristics and advantages of diesel

Driving comfort

Diesel-powered cars are more agile and flexible than petrol-powered cars, giving drivers greater driving comfort. In spite of the recent advances in petrol turbo engine design, the diesel engine retains an advantage in terms of available torque at low engine speed.

The latest pollution-reduction technologies (particle filters, Selective Catalytic Reduction, Exhaust Gas Recirculation, etc.) have played a role in making the diesel engine almost as clean as the petrol engine. However, these technologies are not sufficiently robust for predominately urban use and so in this respect, a petrol or hybrid engine is recommended.

Driving style

A diesel engine offers better torque than a petrol engine, which promotes smoother driveability. Apart from the way in which it operates, the diesel engine is less sensitive to driving style and will overconsume less than a petrol engine where a more muscular driving style is used. A diesel engine is appropriate for high-mileage vehicles and vehicles transporting heavy loads. It is the most effective solution for motorway driving but, on the other hand, it is not as good in an urban driving environment where its pollution-reduction system performs less efficiently.

Purchase and maintenance cost

A diesel car has a higher purchase price than a petrol-powered car. It should also be noted that given its better performance, the diesel engine consumes about 20% less than its petrol-powered counterpart and therefore has greater range, which is important for “high-mileage vehicles”. Currently the price of diesel fuel at the pump is less expensive than petrol (10% less on average). However, servicing a diesel engine is more expensive due to its more complex pollution-reduction system.

Tax treatment

Since 1 January 2017, the Government of Luxembourg has implemented tax reform in the area of mobility by adopting an incentive-based rather than a penalty-based approach. The measures taken promoting sustainable mobility are:

  • For the consumer market: a tax deduction with a a reduced tax liability of 5000 euros for privately-owned zero-emission vehicles, 2500 euros for low emission hybrid plug-in vehicles (<50 gr / km) and 300 euros for regular bicycles and Pedelecs.
  • For the professional market: a revaluation of the flat-rate benefit in kind, which is no longer based solely on the vehicle’s investment value but also takes account of the vehicle’s CO2 emissions.

Having the effect of:

  • A slight advantage for vehicles with petrol engines over vehicles with diesel engines;
  • 100% electric vehicles, low emission hybrid plug-in vehicles and regular bicycles and 25 km/h Pedelecs are the big winners.

Le diesel rejette en moyenne 20% de CO2 (gaz à effet de serre contribuant au réchauffement climatique) en moins par rapport au moteur à essence. Depuis l’implémentation du filtre à particules (obligatoire depuis 2011), le moteur diesel ne rejette plus de suies et est aussi propre qu’un moteur essence à ce niveau.

Benefits of gasoline

Our record on gasoline powered vehicles.

Benefits of hybrid

Our record on hybrid vehicles.

Benefits of electric

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