Buying a New Car | Engine Basics
Let’s face it. A car today is no longer an item of luxury. It is a lifestyle essential. So while buying a new car, you are actually investing into having greater peace of mind, better travel economy and convenience and in some cases, even a status symbol.
Now, across all user forums, automobile experts and fanciers, one hot topic of discussion when buying a new car is about its engine basics.
The engine is an essential deal maker/breaker when buying a car. It runs the car. It powers it. It is actually by far the key factor that speaks of the car and lends it credibility. This is essentially because it determines how fast the vehicle would be and its fuel efficiency.
There are two statistics that determine the categorization of the engines in the typical automobile related discourse.
Firstly, the number of cylinders inside the engine and Secondly the motor’s overall displacement in litres.
The number of cylinders inside the engine determines its acceleration and fuel economy.
Here is a popular poem that reflects how the equation between acceleration and fuel economy works.
“If you want to save dough, you’re going to go slow. If you want to go fast, you’re going to use a lot of gas.”
Using a configuration of four, six or eight cylinders is a standard amongst most engines. When you choose smaller motors such as say the 1.6 litre, four cylinder engines such as in small SUVs and compact cars, you will find that your car struggles to accelerate quickly, and it would be quite a try to go up steep hills.
On the other hand, larger engines like say the 6.2 litre would deliver humongous torque making it easier on most difficult terrains but has terrible fuel efficiency, so your fuel cost hits the roof.
So when buying a new vehicle, you would have to choose between different engine sizes depending on your requirements. It is important to note that sometimes you could take the upgrade since the smallest engine option turns out to be underpowered. So checking how the engine fares on the road should be the basis of your final call.
This article was written for Metro Kia, you can read the full article here.