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Hybrid and diesel cars still best choice for majority of motorists

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Hybrid vehicles could be the right choice for the majority of UK motorists, according to data from What Car’s What Fuel tool.

Based on the driving habit data from 5,800 users, hybrid cars were found to be most suited to 60% of motorists.

Diesel cars were recommended for more than twice as many people as petrols, but still only accounted for one in 10 (11%) of suggestions.

“Recent research we carried out revealed that more than half of motorists find the most frustrating thing about buying a new car is the sheer amount of choice they have to wade through, said What Car editor Steve Huntingford.

“The number of engines, models, colours, accessories, spec levels and deals on offer can feel completely overwhelming. 

“The confusion is then compounded by the uncertainty over fuel types, taxation and the future direction of the motor industry.

“With electric cars and hybrids still a relatively new phenomenon and the Government causing uncertainty over the suitability of diesels, consumers are desperate for clarity. The What Fuel tool is designed to cut through some of this noise,” he added.

The What Fuel tool analyses factors such as annual mileage, type of roads travelled on most often and most common individual journeys. It then uses this information to assess what fuel type is best suited, financially and environmentally, for each motorist.

In its first week, more than 5,800 motorists used the tool to find out what fuel type or powertrain they should buy in order to be most cost-effective and efficient. Just 4% were recommended a petrol car.

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  • Richard - 15/02/2018 18:22

    This reads like its trying to bash petrols versus diesels, but what fuel do you think is powering the hybrids which were recommended to 60% of motorists? And what was the powertrain of the remaining 25% of recommendations if they weren’t hybrids (60%), petrol (4%) or diesel (11%) - pure electric?