Better throttle response,
Let me explain - When you put your foot down in a diesel, especially at lower revs when I NEED power NOW, (But all the way through the range really) Not much happens.
There's a pause whilst those big heavy chunks of metal swing slowly round against that huge compression ratio to get up to speed, and whilst the turbo takes effect. It feels lazy. There's lag.
When it gets going it buggers off down the road on a wave of tourqe, yes, but the petrol revs fast and free. You ask for power, you get it what it has to give straight away, there's no waiting. This is really handy for balancing the car on the throttle when sliding round roundabouts...... (I like a bit of lift-off oversteer, personally, like a Mk2 Golf GTi)
more flexible (it pulls better lower down
Petrol better low end torque than diesel? What planet are you on?
At what point did I say 'better torque'? I didn't did I?
Now, I've driven pretty much every diesel in the book, for literally hundreds of thousands of miles. Old ones, new modern ones, big ones, small ones French, German, British, the lot. And, until that turbo kicks in, you've got fek all torque and that's a fact. Gutless, underpowered, heavy, shite. For instance (And this surprised me a LOT, I'll admit that) we've just gone from a 2 litre diesel to a 1.6 petrol. The diesel had huge torque, the petol doesn't. But, if I stuck the diesel in 5th and let it trickle along, the lowest it would go was 40mph, and if you tried to accelerate away from that, well, it just didn't: It juddered a bit and you had to change down. The new petrol car will pull from 25mph in 5th, smoothly and with useable acceleration. I don't always drive like that, but it's nice to know you can, and it perfectly illustrates what I mean.
It's not necessarily faster or more powerful, but the useable rev range/powerband is wider. Like I said, that surprised even me.
I think diesels are far nicer to drive, so it ain't black and white anyway Poddy. Maybe the OP likes diesls too
I've driven some very nice oil burners. Indeed right outside I have parked a (Borrowed) VW Eos, with a 140bhp diesel under the lid. And yes, it goes like the clappers, lots faster than our Focus, for sure. But speed isn't the be-all-and-end-all of driving, IMO.
Said Eos still has that same dull throttle response, the lag, the small powerband, the lack of involvement.
It's like a request for power has to be submitted in triplicate to a comittee which will then decide when they will let you have it, and as soon as they give it to you, they decide you can't have it any more and snatch it away just as it gets going.
Diesel engines have their place (As boat anchors ) yes, but I've not yet driven one I'd prefer over any petrol engine.
That's my choice, and it's nothing to do with measured speed or quoted power/torque and I'm not talking crap about someting I've never tried. I just prefer petrol engines for all those reasons - Throttle response, weight, noise
(If a petrol is louder, at least it's nice to listen to!)