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post #5 of (permalink) Old 25th May 2006
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Originally Posted by Asmodeus
Ah, thanks for that! I couldn't find anything elsewhere on the net about the differences. I would have thought that would be one of the first things potential buyers would want to know (I certainly did!).

Actually, I don't do very many miles, just short journeys. I'm after a diesel because they're more efficient when cold (they don't have the same over-rich fuelling when they're not up to temp). I reckon the short journeys (15 min journey to work) would be better suited to a diesel. Also. I want to keep other costs like insurance to a minimum. I could do that with a small petrol engine, but a turbo diesel would give me more torque for the same low insurance costs.

Speaking of torque, how do you find the dCi 80, performance wise?
It's fine. It is very nippy around town and is excellent at climbing hills (where the 1.2 petrols are notoriously breathless). There is no need to use more than 2750rpm in any driving situation. Refinement is good, and I'd be surprised if it made much more noise than the petrol. My only problem is that it gets a little boomy above 70 mph, so keep your speed to that level and enjoy the huge benefits of driving 550 miles for 35.00 worth of diesel. There are also superbly comfortable front seats, a compliant ride, and an excellent standard-fit sound system.
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