Motability is now charging to unclog DPFs - should I get a petrol SUV/MPV to avoid this issue?
I'm a Motability hirer. For three years, I have driven a diesel Nissan Qashqai 1.5 and had no DPF problems whilst doing mainly short runs and covering 20,000 miles. My real mpg is approximately 45 - 60 on a run. I'm due to change my vehicle and am looking at something slightly larger. My existing supplier says I should be very careful choosing any other diesel engine other than the one I'm using because, with my short journeys, any other diesel car would clog up and Motability is now charging customers for unclogging if it is their style of driving which is to blame. He even says the Nissan X-Trail 1.6 dCi would be unsuitable for me. Is there something special about my present diesel or is he just trying to get me to get another Qashqai? If I do have to get a petrol engine, which mid - large SUVs/MPVs give best mpg? Many thanks, Ian
Very interesting. First I've heard of Motability doing that. But the dealer is right. I'm running a Renault Kadjar with the different 1.6 TDI 130 and I've twice had to take it for an extended run because after a few shortish runs it wants to actively regenerate and the fan comes on. I'd avoid diesel. Go for a Dacia Duster 1.2 TCe 125 for cheap. Or a Peugeot 2008 1.3 PureTech 130 for more style and luxury and still high 40s mpg.
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