A quarter of UK drivers would still opt for diesel cars

According to a recent survey, commissioned by InsuretheGap.com, one in four drivers in the UK would still opt for a diesel car when purchasing their next vehicle.

Of the 2,000 drivers included in the survey 29% said that they would buy a diesel, despite the uncertainty caused by the Government over the future of the internal combustion engine.

A further 57% of the surveyed individuals said that they had issues around running an electric car, and claimed that these problems meant they were unlikely to purchase one.

“You can understand why people are feeling insecure as we were told not long ago that we should all buy diesel, and now diesel is being banned.”

Ben Wooltorton – InsuretheGAP.com

Around one in three people stated that they’d not know whether to opt for a petrol, diesel, or electric car, whether they were buying a new or used vehicle.

Confusion over what the future will hold for consumers with relation to engine type has led to many people deciding to stick with their current vehicle. 31% of people surveyed stated they would keep their current car for longer while they seek to gain more confidence in their next choice.

The chief operating officer at InsuretheGAP.com, Ben Wooltorton, said: “From 2035 or sooner, drivers will only be able to buy electric or hydrogen cars, however, looking at the results of this survey this looks like a big leap of faith for many consumers who are clearly unsure about what type of car they should be buying.

“You can understand why people are feeling insecure as we were told not long ago that we should all buy diesel, and now diesel is being banned.

“It seems that many drivers need greater confidence that the issues around running an electric car are resolved before they will commit.”