Drive in gasoline
Discover the characteristics and advantages of petrol
The new petrol engines are increasingly agile and flexible and deliver driving pleasure close to that of a diesel engine. Road handling with a petrol-powered car is more dynamic and balanced than with a diesel car because the engine is lighter. Petrol engines vibrate less than diesel engines and therefore run smoother and quieter. In addition, the fact that petrol engines have a greater range of speeds makes them more dynamic than diesel engines.
Driving a vehicle with one of these new petrol engines is easier, smoother and quieter. The range of speeds delivers a sportier drive but fast acceleration takes a heavier toll on fuel consumption than a diesel engine. A change in driving style and potentially eco-driving classes are recommended for drivers switching from a diesel to a petrol engine. As a general rule, fuel consumption is 20% to 30% higher compared to a diesel engine.
Purchase and maintenance cost
On average, a petrol-powered vehicle costs around €1,000 less than a diesel-powered vehicle. The new petrol engines have substantially reduced their fuel consumption and have narrowed the gap relative to diesel engines. By 2020, the Government hopes bring the price of petrol into line with diesel fuel, which will help reduce the use cost of a petrol engine. With respect to maintenance, it costs less to service a petrol-powered car than a car with a diesel engine, especially when mileage is less than 20,000 km/year.
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.
According to Euro 6 vehicle emission standards, emissions of NOx (nitrogen oxides) identified as cancerous are 25% lower for petrol engines than for diesel cars. Using a new petrol-powered car is friendlier, especially for low-traffic areas.
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