E10 petrol explained

​What is E10 fuel and how will it affect you?

What is E10 fuel?

E10 Fuel isn’t entirely new and is already available across Europe, America and Australia. 

E10 is a standard of petrol containing up to 10 per cent ethanol .E10 involves increasing the proportion to ten per cent. At the moment, E5 fuel is used in the UK, which means that up to five per cent is made up of ethanol instead.

Why is the fuel changing to E10?

The government are trying to drive down vehicle emissions, with its 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars being a key part of this plan. Making the switch to E10 fuel will help in the short term as the higher ethanol content will help reduce emissions from cars already on the road. It is predicted that introducing E10 is the equivalent to taking 350,000 cars off the road.

Can my car use E10?

The majority of vehicles in use today are approved to be fuelled with the petrol will be able to run perfectly normally on E10, however some of the older vehicles aren’t.


​Which cars cannot use e10 petrol?

Audi

  • Audi A2 1.6 FSI, model years 2003-2005
  • Audi A3 1.6 FSI, model year 2004
  • Audi A3 2.0 FSI, model year 2004
  • Audi A4 2.0 FSI, model years 2003-2004
  • Audi A4 Saloon petrol engine models with OEM parking heater, of model years 2001-2008.
  • Audi A4 Avant petrol engine models with OEM parking heater of model years 2002- 2008.

Volkswagen

  • Bora - 1.6 litre (81kW) FSI Saloon and Estate made from October 2001 to September 2005
  • Golf mark 4 - 1.6 litre (81kW) FSI made from November 2001 to May 2004
  • Golf mark 4 Estate - 1.6 litre (81kW) FSI made from October 2001 to October 2006
  • Golf mark 5 - 1.4 litre (66kW) FSI made from November 2003 to November 2004
  • Golf mark 5 - 1.6 litre (85kw) FSI made from August 2003 to May 2004
  • Golf mark 5 2.0 litre (110 kW) FSI made from January 2004 to May 2004
  • Lupo – 1.4 litre (77kW) FSI made from August 200 to November 2003
  • Polo – 1.4 litre (63kW) FSI made from February 2002 to June 2006
  • Touran – 1.6 litre (85kW) FSI made from November 2002 to May 2004
  • Touran – 2.0 litre (110kW) FSI made from October 2003 to May 2004

SEAT

  • Toledo 2.0 litre (110kW) FSI ‘BLR’ manufactured from September 2004 to November
  • Leon 2.0 litre (110kW) FSI ‘BLR’ manufactured from July 2005 to November 2005
  • Altea 2.0 litre (110kW) FSI ‘BLR’ manufactured from May 2004 to November 2005

What to do if you put E10 petrol in a non-compatible vehicle

Next time you need to fill your car up, fuel up using E5 (‘97+ octane). Filling up with a single tank of E10 petrol into a vehicle that isn't compatible, shouldn't cause major problems or cause engine damage. Just ensure you don't fuel up with the wrong petrol next time. Unlike putting petrol into a diesel engine, you shouldn’t need to drain the tank however prolonged use of the incorrect fuel may cause harm and isn't recommended.


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Which cars use e10 petrol?

Audi

E10 petrol is cleared for use in all Audi petrol driven vehicles, excluding the above vehicles mentioned

Volkswagen

E10 petrol is cleared for use in all VW petrol driven vehicles, excluding the above vehicles mentioned

SEAT

E10 petrol is cleared for use in all SEAT petrol driven vehicles, excluding the above vehicles mentioned

Peugeot

All cars with petrol engines are E10 (EN228) compatible since 1st January 2000.

Honda

E10 petrol is cleared for use in all European models with petrol engines equipped with electronic control fuel injection system (HONDA PGM-FI).

Land Rover

E10 petrol is cleared for use in all Land Rover vehicles with petrol engines starting from model year 1996.

Jaguar

E10 petrol is cleared for use in all Jaguar vehicles with petrol engines starting from model year 1992.


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