Published on September 26th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez1
Why drive a Diesel powered a vehicle
Diesel power is excellent technology, but it offers both some very good advantages and some disadvantages. One of the biggest benefits, of course, is fuel mileage (going the distance with diesel), but diesel also offers other advantages. For instance, diesel-powered trucks and SUVs offer better towing capabilities than their petrol-powered counterparts. And diesel-powered vehicles have better low-end acceleration than petrol-powered cars because they build up so much torque from a low speed. But there are also a few drawbacks to diesel, including the initial purchase cost and heavy city traffic fuel economy. So, under what circumstances is diesel the right choice for you?
High Mileage Driving Monthly
If you do a lot of highway driving or take in a lot of mileage every month, diesel is worth a serious look. Diesel engines don’t need to work very hard during highway cruising, which means they can deliver very good fuel economy improvements over petrol powerplants. In fact, diesel-powered cars can even outshine hybrid vehicles on the highway, largely because hybrids gain a major fuel economy benefit from regenerative braking, which is rarely done on the highway.
Small Price Difference
Another major reason you might want to consider a diesel engine is if the technology only adds a small price difference over a petrol-powered car or SUV. For example, adding a turbodiesel engine to a Mazda CX-5 only boosts the price by around RM6,000 over a similarly equipped petrol-powered model. For car shoppers who do a lot of highway driving, that figure can be made up over time. This is why the all new Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV diesel boasts a similarly small price increase.
Specifications Mazda CX-5 2.2 Diesel Skyactiv
Engine 4-cylinder Diesel DOHC 16 Valve
Transmission 6-Speed Skyactiv Drive with Manual Shift
Max Output 173bhp @ 4500rpm
Max Torque 420Nm @ 2000rpm
Top Speed 250km/h
Mazda CX-5 Petrol price RM155,166.70