Categories: Car News

Diesel cars still have fans: rental customers

The current anti-diesel mood does not, it seems, extend to the car rental sector: almost two in three people hiring a car say they prefer diesel over any other car type, new data from Europcar has revealed. What’s more nearly 8 in 10 rental customers say they would not want to rent an electric car.

Europcar says it’s because drivers are wise to the fact modern diesels are all Euro 6 emissions compliant, so basically as clean as a petrol car. We reckon it’s more likely the fact that diesels go further on a gallon than petrol cars: when you’re hiring a car, the last thing you want to be doing is putting fuel in it.

As for zero-emissions electric cars, 78 percent of people have zero interest in them. The car hire company says it’s working to overcome concern about range anxiety. Sounds like it’s still got plenty of work to do.

More diesel cars on Motoring Research: 

It’s been able to find out this information – and now promote it in a press release – because of its new Model Guaranteed service. Instead of forcing people into the hire car lottery, customers can preselect the exact make and model they want. Models eligible include the Volkswagen Golf, Mercedes A-Class, Audi A1, VW Tiguan and Nissan X-Trail. All you need to do is give them at least 24 hours’ notice.

Or, by the sounds of it, as much notice as possible, if you want to stand any chance of preselecting a Volkswagen Golf diesel.

Richard Aucock

I'm Managing Director at Motoring Research. I run a bit, cycle a bit, have a huge love for the automotive industry.

Recent Posts

Forget the Qashqai – the Matra Rancho was the original crossover

An ode to the Matra Rancho: the front-wheel drive faux off-roader with a pioneering spirit

9 hours ago

Royal Range Rover to star at Silverstone Classic auction

We round up some of the best cars heading to auction at the Silverstone Classic Sale

14 hours ago

2018 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy is most powerful Renault Sport ever

300hp for the range-topping new hot Megane

16 hours ago

Nissan Leaf Nismo revealed – but it’s not for UK

The Nissan Leaf Nismo launches in Japan at the end of July, giving Nissan’s best-selling electric car its first higher-performance…

18 hours ago

This is how Audi celebrated the TT’s 20th birthday

The Audi TT has turned 20. To mark the occasion, Audi has given us a new TT 20 Years special…

1 day ago

Lego recreates 007’s Aston Martin DB5

We visit the reveal of Bond's new Lego kit in London

1 day ago