In 2015, the federal government announced that there will be more uniformity between excise duties on diesel and petrol in the coming years. This means that excise duties will be reduced on petrol and increased on diesel. It was in response to this announcement that LeasePlan carried out a study into the turning point of petrol and diesel-powered cars.
This involved LeasePlan comparing the various petrol and diesel versions as much as possible on the basis of engine power. The first finding to emerge from the study was that the turning point had clearly shifted in favour of petrol cars compared to previous years. In other words, the number of kilometres that a petrol car can clock up annually before it becomes more expensive than driving a diesel car has increased. A petrol car is therefore preferable to the diesel version for those employees who record a low mileage.
The second finding was that the turning point varies for each car segment and that, even within the segments, the results between the various makes and models are different. The turning point in the small city car segment, for example, is considerably higher than in the luxury car segment. One explanation could be that increasing numbers of fuel-efficient petrol models are being introduced in these smaller segments.