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natarli1 Posted on 18/05/2020 14:01
Car rental question
 
I'm looking into hiring a car over bank holiday (for an essential journey) and have been given the option of a small 5 door for around 20 a day and an 'economy car' for around 30 per day. The driving I will be doing will be long distance (3-4 hours). I know it's only a 10 difference but is it worth paying more for the economy car based on what I will save on fuel vs the small 5 door?
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Nobby_Barnes Posted on 18/05/2020 17:29
Edited On: 18/05/2020 17:33
Car rental question
I doubt it would make that much difference, I would go for the bigger car if you are doing motorway driving.
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BigmetsBoro86 Posted on 19/05/2020 08:09

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I would always go for a slightly bigger engine if doing motorway miles. You will rev harder in a 1 litre than say a 1.5.

That said plenty of decent small ecoboost type engines these days. A litre would be fine for town driving. I would want a little more for 4-5 hours 'A' roads or motorway.

I had a 1 litre Ford fiesta and seemed to be forever changing gear (not great for fuel consumption).
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ItalianJob Posted on 19/05/2020 09:37

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Isn't it likely to be a diesel anyway? so should be economical regardless?

Unless you the have the option of a Mustang [:D]
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Wev1 Posted on 19/05/2020 10:38

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3-4 hours is probably what 200 miles?

The 20 car won't be fast, so it won't likely burn fuel and probably do 50 mpg anyway.

You might get what, 70mpg out of some 30 eco car?

So it's probably 4 gallons v 3 gallons, so about 1 gallon difference, which with fuel prices now is likely no more than 5.

The 20 5 door will probably work out about 5 cheaper, and is probably going to be better to drive than some tiny eco car.
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campot Posted on 19/05/2020 12:09

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Just upgrade pay 50 per day and enjoy the drive, don't split hairs over 10's
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Ingleby_Flash1 Posted on 19/05/2020 12:31

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The bigger difference in cost will be where you fill it up.
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natarli1 Posted on 19/05/2020 16:03

Car rental question
[^] thanks all
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Cleveleyssmoggie Posted on 19/05/2020 19:06

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Whatever you get, if it comes with a full tank, be sure to top up the fuel before returning it. The rental company refuelling charges are extortionate. [:X]
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