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Is it Worth Paying for Premium Fuel?

I’m sure every motorist in the UK will agree that while fuel prices have actually dropped recently, we would all like to see further reductions! Who knows whether or not this will actually happen though.

When you’re at the station forecourt about to refuel your car or van, does the same question come to your mind as it does to mine?

‘Should I try the premium this time? Will it end up saving me money in the long run?’

Premium fuel is offered at pretty much every fuel station and by every brand now, but what even is it?

Premium fuel is more expensive because it contains a higher octane number (RON – Research Octane Number). Standard petrol RON is 95 while the standard premium is 98.

Premium fuel is supposed to offer higher efficiency, lower fuel consumption, engine protection and increased performance.

But with the premium option often costing 10p per litre more than the standard option, does it really work and is it really worthwhile?

Does Premium Give Improved Mileage?

Because of premium’s higher RON, it should burn more efficiently in your engine which should give a better MPG (miles per gallon) rating.

Nearly all drivers notice a positive difference when using premium fuel, however other factors seem to have a much bigger weighting on your car or van’s MPG. Such as aggressive driving styles, tyre condition etc.

To really test whether your car is giving you more miles for your money with premium fuel, try filling up three or four times and measuring the results against standard fuel. This will give you more accurate results, helping you to make your decision.

Does Premium Give Me Better Performance?

Performance, probably more so then efficiency, will depend on your car and driving styles. If your car’s engine is of a higher specification and is built with performance in mind, then it will probably be able to better utilise the higher RON of premium over lower end ‘non-performance’ cars.

Because a regular engine in say, a city car, is not built to operate at the pressure of most performance or turbocharged/supercharged engines, it will probably not be able to effectively benefit from a higher octane rating. This should be considered in your choice of which fuel to go with.  

So, Is It Worth It?

Unfortunately, this is entirely down to you to decide. There are so many different factors which will affect your car or van’s efficiency, reliability and performance, so we can’t decide for you. But hopefully you will be a little bit more informed now and will be able make a good decision about which fuel you should use to get the best results for you.

Let us know how you get on over the next couple of weeks with premium fuel. Does it work for you and your vehicle?

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