Aren’t we all fascinated with luxury cars and SUVs? They’re equipped with state-of-the-art technology unparalled and unrivaled by cheaper brands. Whether luxury vehicle-buying is a hobby of yours or a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, selecting only the best where you’ll get your money’s worth is always the wise decision. A good example is the Land Rover. It is suitable for friends and families, is fuel-efficient, agile, and fit for a long journey.
Gas Powered vs. Electric Powered
The Land Rover has a range of New Diesel, Petrol, and PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles) engines. Before choosing among the three, weighing your budget must be the top priority. If you already have more than enough savings or financing to use, then thoroughly assess which would work best for you. Each of these engine types requires different handling and maintenance.
- Euro 6 Diesel or New Diesel Engines
Diesel-engine vehicles are frowned upon because of the public’s concern about air pollution and diseases. The Euro-6 diesel technology has fortunately sorted out this major issue. The European Union set out a directive called Euro-6 in order to minimize air pollutants emitted by fuels like diesel. It basically lays out limitations that must be acceptable for exhaust emissions.
If you are buying a used Land Rover imported from the UK, for instance, take note that Euro-6 applies to new cars sold since 2015, so your unit must not be older than that. Currently, the Land Transport Rules for Vehicle Emissions is subject to amendment to follow the Euro-6 standards.
- Petrol Engines
While petrol releases less carbon than diesel, the overall effect can be just the same, or worse. The Land Transport Rule has also set out limitation for vehicles of this engine type. Meanwhile, with regards to fuel combustion, petrol requires a spark plug to mix fuel and air. The flashpoint or the minimum temperature required for combustion is only 43 degrees (celsius), whereas diesel’s flashpoint is 52 degrees.
Petrol fuel has more volatility than diesel because the latter doesn’t mix well with air. It is only possible during the combustion stroke phase with the use of a fuel injector. In the case of petrol fuel, as previously mentioned, only the spark plug is needed.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles run on both electric and fuel power. Once the vehicle’s battery is fully consumed, you may switch its energy source into fuel. The battery of PHEV is rechargeable through plug-in stations, so you may resume to using electric energy after temporarily relying on fuel. Since electricity is a cleaner source than engine oils, it’s relatively safer for the environment than fuel-engine vehicles. You’d also be able to save a lot of money for re-fueling, as you’d less likely to rely on the fuel often.
Whether you’re choosing diesel, petrol, or PHEV, maintenance is another concern. Tires, air conditioning, and oils are just some of the vehicle components that should be checked on a regular basis. Pay attention to your Land Rover’s indicator lights and check what they’re trying to tell you. Repairs for luxury vehicles might cost a fortune, so conducting preventive maintenance and regular checkups are necessary for you and your vehicle’s sake.