Wait until the budget before making any decisions on diesel options
The fact of the matter is you need to do your sums like never before.
And you need to ask one basic question: Will changing your current diesel car/SUV impact heavily on what you need your vehicle to do on a daily basis? Would it mean a small, medium or major compromise?
If it would impact anything other than minimally, I think you have answered the core question. Diesel will remain the practical choice for many, for the time being anyway.
Despite everything it is still a matter of picking the right horse for the right course. It may, in the medium term, cost more to do so, but what option do you have?
My final word of advice is to wait until the Budget to see what shakes down as far as diesel is concerned. I don’t think it will be great news but at least you can put a figure on what it will cost you and let you adjust accordingly.
My gut instinct is many farm families will stick with larger diesel cars and SUVs for the simple reason they work better than most in a farming context.
But where a car is mostly used more for ferrying children to school or sport I can see petrol and hybrids becoming more popular. Let’s not forget that petrol outgunned diesel sales before the great switch in 2008.
Most of the new hi-tech breed still cost more to run than diesel but upwards of a couple of thousand euro less to buy. If you do low mileage, ordinary driving, they will become increasingly attractive.