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Diesel still the popular choice for Irish motorists

New research commissioned by Seat Ireland has revealed that the majority (50 per cent) of the 495 Irish respondents would choose a diesel car, compared to just 32 per cent who would prefer a petrol car.

This figure showcases how diesel cars are still very much front of mind for Irish motorists.

According to the Seat research, Irish motorists would like to change their car every three years and almost one in three (28 per cent) have researched three different models prior to buying a new car. Of those surveyed, 75 per cent either fully understand or have some understanding of all car finance options available to them.

When it comes to important factors that make or break Irish people’s decision on buying a new car, space came out on top. The research results have uncovered that most Irish people (14 per cent) said they made the switch to a newer model as they needed a larger car for their growing family.

When asked what the most difficult element of driving with children in the car is, 27 per cent say ensuring the safety of young passengers is the most difficult. Another element parents found difficult was keeping their children entertained while on longer journeys (25 per cent).

Over half of Irish people currently have two cars in their household and 32 per cent have owned those cars for one or two years. 86 per cent of respondents use their current car every day, to commute to work or to travel short distances, and when it comes to the running of their current car, Irish motorists highlighted insurance, fuel and road tax as their top three financial concerns. When it comes to looking after their vehicle over half of survey respondents know how to change a tyre on their car (52 per cent).

Neil Dalton, Head of Marketing and Product at Seat Ireland commented: “The research outlines that there is still a huge appetite for diesel models among Irish motorists. Not surprisingly, Irish motorists are also starting to consider hybrid and electric models.”