Originally Posted by charlie8
Interesting I test drove both engines and went the other way. I thought the diesel was nice and quiet and the noise you get on revving certainly surprised me, however it felt a bit like a car with huge turbo lag and you did'nt get that full on upper rev fun. I had read lots on comments on how bad the petrol was and sort of dismissed it - until driving one. No getting away from the 'fact' its quicker, cheaper ( the can't move them so you can get huge discounts ) and easier/cheaper to service and insure.
I also spent a lot of time looking at cars on my current long cummutes and was totally put off my how bad a nice looking car looks when its pouring out black smoke on a heavy throttle. As a company car it makes perfect sense, but will always be a diesel.
That said, no-one is not enjoying their cars of either ilk so guess its a hit all round. One things for sure though the V6 is 'the' one.
I have to take issue on some of the points you've raised.
1) On paper, yes the JTS is quicker, but in the real world a JTS would be hard pressed to keep up with a JTD. I would say it's honours even on that.
2) How big a discount are we talking here? I saved over £5000 on my JTD which, incidentally, is cheaper than the JTS to start with. As for insurance the JTD is Group 15 and the JTS is group 16 so the JTS won't be cheaper to insure. Servicing for the diesel is slightly more expensive but then ,as you've inferred, someone who uses their car for the purposes of their job is going to do a lot more miles and hence recoup that cost and more in fuel savings.
3) Black smoke? Mine doesn't bellow black smoke. The only ones I know that give off obvious clouds of smoke are the remapped ones and they're pushing out 180 bhp.
Certainly, if you're not doing big miles and if costs aren't an issue then it all comes down to personal prefferance. If I didn't use my car so much for work then I'd be driving either a GT V6 or a 147 GTA.
I'd also point out that when it comes to trading in for my Brera 3.2 V6 Q4 I'll get more for my JTD