I've driven petrol cars all my life. But when researching makes and models for a "new used" purchase pretty much everything we looked at recommended a diesel engine.
But we're having sudden second thoughts about the diesel. We're not heavy drivers: there's a daily school run and 20-60 minute weekend drive most of the time. But we holiday in the UK about 3 times a year - visiting relatives mostly - which is 200-300 miles each time. At a guess we do maybe 7-8k per year.
Although we live in a city, it's very hilly. Our current 1.6 petrol struggles with the hills.
Considering this usage pattern, in terms of overall fuel efficiency and possible DPF problems, does a diesel make sense?