Diesel still first choice for large lease cars
Higher diesel prices and higher taxes drive private individuals more and more in the direction of petrol cars. Figures from Febiac, the automotive sector federation, show that only one in five individuals still buy a new diesel car. It is striking that the state of affairs for lease cars still looks different for the time being, because two out of three new cars are still equipped with a diesel engine.
Diesel still consumes less
Even though the diesel car’s image is becoming increasingly negative, partly because of the scandal surrounding Volkswagen’s emissions-cheating software, according to Vincent Beckers, the CEO of Belfius Auto Lease, the preference for diesel in lease cars is not so strange.
“Those who do a considerable number of kilometres still benefit from a diesel car. The price difference between the fuels may have disappeared, a diesel still consumes litres less per hundred kilometres than a petrol car. If you only drive a limited number of kilometres, we advise you to use petrol or alternative fuels. This has the concrete consequence that since the beginning of 2017 32% of the vehicles in our fleet no longer have a diesel engine.”
Related to the type of car
We also see a similar evolution at leasing company Alphabet Belgium. In two years time, the number of petrol cars in their portfolio has increased from 2 to 20%.
A study by Alphabet Belgium also shows that the choice between petrol or diesel is related to the type of car that people choose. For example, for a Citroën C1 with a lease contract of 48 months, petrol is always the best choice, regardless of the number of kilometres you drive.
Diesel still interesting in the higher segments
If you choose an Audi A1 or 14, the turning point between petrol and diesel is at 30.000 kilometres per year. With a Volvo V40 you already have to drive 35.000 kilometres to make diesel the most economical choice.
It is only in the higher segments that diesel becomes interesting with a lower number of kilometres per year. For a BMW 5, for example, the turning point for a 48-month contract is 20.000 kilometres. For a BMW 7, 15.000 kilometres per year are sufficient to opt for diesel.
Petrol often best option
If you are not a road maniac, it is indeed often better to choose petrol. One way or another, diesel cars are considered more polluting than petrol cars and the government wants to discourage the use of diesel cars with a higher tax, while more and more cities also want to ban diesel cars.
For example, a Renault Scenic with a diesel engine costs 413 euro more in car registration tax and the annual traffic tax compared to a Renault Scenic with a petrol engine.
Employee can choose for himself
Employees with a lease car who are convicted that a diesel engine is under no circumstances an option anymore, will have to look at what is possible within the company’s car policy.
“In most cases, it is the employer who decides”, says KBC spokesman, Pieter Kussé. “We increasingly see that an employee can choose for himself, but with certain conditions, such as, for example, a limitation of the number of kilometres.”