UK drivers warned of E10 changes over fears cars aren’t compatible

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E10 petrol is set to be rolled out onto Northern Irish forecourts in November, with the greener petrol set to cut emissions across the nation. The new standard grade of petrol was introduced to English, Scottish and Welsh filling stations last September, with millions of drivers now using it as the default.

Despite this, the RAC estimates that as many as 600,000 vehicles on roads are not compatible with the fuel.

Of the most popular German car brands, most Audis are compatible while all BMW models are cleared for the use of E10 regardless of their year of manufacture.

However, the minimum octane required should be observed according to the owner’s manual.

Almost all models from Japanese car makers Honda, Mitsubishi and Suzuki can all accept E10 petrol, as can South Korean brands Hyundai and Kia.

Other brands like Dacia, Seat and Smart have made all of their models compatible with the new petrol.

British brand Vauxhall allows for E10 use in almost all models apart from cars with the 2.2-litre direct injection petrol engine (Z22YH).

These vehicles – Vectras, Signums and Zafiras – should continue to use E5 petrol.

The Government E10 checker website does state: “The information is subject to change and we cannot guarantee its accuracy.

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“If your vehicle is fitted with replacement parts this will also affect its accuracy.

“DfT and its partners will not be liable for any damage to your vehicle as a result of you using this service.”

E10 petrol is cleared for use in all Volvo cars with petrol engines introduced to the market since 1976.

This is based upon servicing and other conditions according to the equipment and material with which the vehicle was originally equipped.

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A Vertu Motors spokesperson warned that some drivers would be hit hard by the new changes.

They said: “The Government and fuel providers have had a long time to smoothly roll this change out and they seem to have done so without much drama for most motorists.”

They added that the “unlucky” 600,000 drivers may struggle to find E5 or other premium fuels. 

Many have praised Northern Ireland for having the Consumer Council fuel price checker, which many have said allows for more transparency.

It allows drivers to monitor the prices in their area, or show them cheaper alternatives around the country.

Currently, Coleraine has the cheapest average petrol price at just 159.3p per litre, compared to Bangor, where average prices are 168.4p.

Some lucky drivers in Belfast can find unleaded petrol for just 155.9p, with drivers in Bangor losing out again, having some of the most expensive petrol in the country.

Diesel drivers in Northern Ireland are also seeing cheaper diesel prices, with the most expensive average price – found in Margherafelt – still a penny cheaper than the rest of the UK.

Average prices for diesel can be as low as 172.9p per litre in Newtownabbey.

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