Your point is fair and well-made Dan and indeed, each to their own - my distaste where diesels are concerned is indeed that - mine - and I make the choice, at some expense (although my employment contract fortunately mitigates fuel costs), to allocate a proportion of my readies towards fulfilling something I enjoy, namely a relatively performant petrol car.@joegals - Hear what you're saying Joe, but I think the line's far more blurred than you paint... With my mileage as a daily driver vehicle, I'm saving over £2100 a year on fuel and VED alone set against the S5 V8 (assuming avg 35mpg for me and 20mpg for S5). Add to this the fact that (on paper and assuming stock) the S5 is only 0.8 sec quicker to 62mph and limited to the same top end (neither of which my driving exploits), it makes the TDI an attractive proposition, not just a tractor.
There is one but... that V8 noise! But, to me at least, that just wasn't worth an extra £2100 per year to run.
Each side of this discussion will always have it's advocates, and mostly for very valid (but sometimes emotive) reasons. Personally, I don't think anyone is wrong or right, just different!:cheers:
One thing I forgot to mention (which bhk1004 touched on) is the noise element which a number have raised - yes, the noise of a modern V8, particularly when freed and enhanced through a sports exhaust, can be pretty intoxicating. But it's not the clincher - what sways it for me, every time, is the immediacy and responsiveness of petrol vs. diesel. No compromise, just what God intended when he invented the (petrol-engined) motor car.
By the way - I don't use the word 'tractor' once - although now you've mentioned it, it does emphasise my point that that's where diesel engines belong.