What Type of Gas is Recommended for Volkswagen Vehicles?

December 5th, 2018 by

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Whether you’re the owner of one of the new Volkswagen models or one of the pre-owned VW models from Jennings Volkswagen, it’s important to understand what fuel type you should use for your vehicle. While all of the diesel models in the lineup obviously require diesel fuel, the gasoline-powered vehicles in their lineup have different requirements.

So, do all other Volkswagen vehicles use premium? If your Volkswagen vehicle is powered by a traditional gasoline engine, and it was made before 2016, there’s a good chance that it requires premium fuel. If your gasoline-powered Volkswagen model was made after 2016, it can be filled up with regular fuel as you drive around Chicago and Evanston.

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How is Fuel Type Decided?

Fuel grades are rated based on the amount of octane in the system, with premium fuel rated at 91 to 93 and regular octane rated at 87. Octane is measured based on a vehicle’s ability to resist pre-ignition, the premature ignition of the mixture of air and fuel in the engine. What’s the main difference between premium and regular gasoline? Premium fuel requires more pressure to ignite, and it also burns more cleanly than regular fuel. However, you’re dealing with the same basic formula in either case. We know it sounds complicated, but you can leave the more involved details to the experts!

OK, So What Fuel Do I Use for My Volkswagen?

Do all Volkswagen models use premium gasoline? You’ve already seen that the answer is no, but this myth is still a persistent one! Let’s find out why with an in-depth look at the important shift which occurred in 2016.

  • For many years, most gasoline-driven Volkswagen engines were designed to use premium grade gasoline. If your gasoline-powered VW vehicle was made before 2016, you should plan on using premium-octane gasoline whenever you go to the pump. This requirement one of the reasons that many drivers still think of VW vehicles as more expensive to own, even though this isn’t actually true today.
  • Premium gasoline is generally only used in more sensitive engines. High-octane fuel is less likely to misfire and cause unnecessary engine shake, which can lead to damage and reduced performance over time. It’s still a common requirement in many luxury vehicles, but because it can be so much more expensive than other types of fuel, most drivers near Chicago prefer regular.
  • With most of the Volkswagen vehicles that are from the model year 2016 or later, you can fill your gasoline engine with regular-octane fuel. This can lead to a lot of savings for newer Volkswagen owners, without sacrificing the premium engineering that has led to so many VW loyalists over the years.

What kind of gas does a Volkswagen Jetta take? It’s not a trick question. If you drive a model made after 2016, you’re fine to fill up with regular gasoline today! Although the same is true for the vast majority of the VW lineup, it’s always a good idea to check your owner’s manual and find out exactly what’s needed in your Volkswagen vehicle.

Interested in learning more about the performance of VW vehicles? Find out which models offer 4MOTION® AWD in 2019.

Get Your Next VW Vehicle at Jennings Volkswagen

Are you tired of paying for premium fuel every time you go to the gas pump? We know you love your old VW, but with so many exciting VW lease and finance offers available at our dealership today, it’s easier than ever to upgrade with a new model! You should also take a look at our certified pre-owned inventory, which includes a wide variety of models made during or after the 2016 model year. One thing’s for sure: there are plenty of regular-octane, high-quality, and fuel-efficient Volkswagen models available right now at Jennings Volkswagen, located in the Chicago suburbs at 201 Waukegan Road in Glenview, IL.

Count on us for key advantages like our full-service service center. Our dealership’s doors are open Monday through Saturday, and you can contact us for more information about your VW’s gas recommendations at (844) 742-1085.

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