Diesels set for comeback as Euro 6 models arrive on used market

17th October 2019

Diesel cars could be set for a resurgence as ultra-efficient Euro 6 models reach the end of their lease contracts and start to appear on the used vehicle market.

Since September 2015, all diesels sold in the UK have had to be Euro 6 compliant.  Though slightly more expensive to buy, they are among the most fuel-efficient vehicles available today.

The MD of Shoreham Vehicle Auctions, Alex Wright, explained: “Despite the tipping point having arrived for EV vehicles, we will see the diesel market recover and, due to the reduction in new diesel sales, the pendulum will swing back to an increased demand in the second-hand market.  These vehicles will sit alongside EVs and fuel-efficient petrols as part of the solution in reducing emissions and improving urban air quality.

“The new generation of petrol owners in an SUV will realise the extra running costs versus diesel, and when the green light is given by the government that these new generation diesels are actually helping the country reduce CO2 and NOx emissions, it will be accepted as a ‘green’ solution until EVs fully establish themselves.

“We must remember that petrol powertrains’ generate CO2 and NOx emissions too and, arguably, have progressed less than diesels in recent Euro standard iterations.”