Petrol car owners set to ‘suffer’ and ‘spend more money’ due to E10 fuel changes, warns AA

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AA technical specialist Greg Carter has warned owners of older models will “suffer” as they will need to “spend a little bit more money” on fuel. This is because cars that are incompatible with E10 fuel will need to use the existing E5 fuel which will move across to become the super unleaded protection grade.

However, Mr Carter suggested drivers could get “slightly more miles per gallon” which could increase mileage by 20 or 30 miles compared to E10 users.

Speaking to, he said: “The people that it will impact are those people who look on the Government checker and find their car is incompatible.

“The vast minority will have to spend a little bit more money on their fuel as long as they have got that car.

“You do get slightly more miles per gallon out of super unleaded anyway so it’s not just a simple calculation.

“At current prices, for a 55-litre tank, it is about £6.60 difference for a full fill up from completely empty.

“That isn’t the only calculation you need to make.

“You might get 20 or 30 miles more driving out of that tank full of fuel than you would have done if you used normal E10 or the old E5.

“You could probably half that in real-world costs.”

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He added: “Those people who do drive incompatible contemporary vehicles shall we call them

“Not classic cars but cars that have been built since sort of 2000 who are not designed to run on that fuel… they’re the ones that will suffer a little bit unfortunately.”

Earlier this year, analysis from the AA showed the differences between regular and super unleaded was around 12.68p per litre,

Based on costs in April, the AA predicted the increase would be around £6.42 once E5 moved across to super unleaded.

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