Using the right fuel can do wonders for your car and its performance, but more than that it can mean wonders for your wallet as well. The correct fuel will lubricate your engine while the wrong fuel could leave you stranded next to the side of the road.
In general, we have a choice between diesel, leaded or unleaded, 93 and 95 octane petrol. So, which do you use?
The best answer is to look inside your petrol cap or owner’s manual. Most vehicle manufacturers will indicate what the best option for your vehicle is. However, if you do put the wrong fuel in your vehicle and end up stranded, your breakdown assist will come out to help you, but your insurance claim might be denied. Although their focus should be more on the type of fuel you used: leaded versus unleaded and petrol versus diesel.
Getting back to the question at hand, what is the difference between 93 and 95?
Firstly, the numbers refer to the level of octane in the petrol, 93 being a lower level as well as the cheaper option and 95 being more expensive and higher in octane. Because 95’s octane level is higher than 93’s, it has a higher compression peak, which means it will increase your engine’s performance. This might look like a great option if you have a need for speed; however, that’s not always the case. It will always boil down to your engine’s performance parts such as the turbocharger.
On the one hand, if you’re planning a long road trip, 95 is the better option. Depending on how you drive, the increased performance means a more linear petrol consumption. On the other hand, 93’s petrol consumption is better for driving around town. This being said, the safest option for your car is to be sure what your manufacturer recommends.
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Information is taken from The AA.