Should I Put Regular or Premium Gas in My Volkswagen?

August 19th, 2019 by

man pumping gasoline fuel in car at gas station

Volkswagen vehicles, like many European models, have a reputation for being expensive to maintain. Luckily, this isn’t entirely true, and here at Jennings Volkswagen we want to set the record straight. We often get questions about vehicle maintenance for VW models and one of the most common questions has to do with the recommended fuel. We can’t count how many time customers ask us “Should I put regular or premium gas in my Volkswagen?” We completely understand why this is a common question, as it is very important to maintain your vehicle in the recommended way. In short, premium fuel was always the recommended fuel for model years 2015 and older. However, the majority of Volkswagen vehicles used regular fuel. Find out more about the difference between premium and regular gas, and to understand the best type of fuel for your vehicle.

VW Model Recommended Fuel

Do all Volkswagens use premium? For many past Volkswagen models, premium fuel was generally the type of fuel recommended by VW. Most models from 2015 and any previous years will most likely have this recommendation. If you drive a 2015 Volkswagen or earlier, you can check your owner’s manual for the recommended fuel requirements if you’re unsure. While there’s nothing wrong with premium fuel, as many drivers actually prefer to put the higher-end fuel in their vehicles’ tanks, some may not like the higher cost.

Fuel by Model

Luckily if you’re one of those drivers and you’re considering a new vehicle, the majority of the 2016 Volkswagen lineup now has recommendations for regular fuel. What type of gas does a Passat use? The Passat is one of the models that should now take regular fuel. Some other models that recommend regular gas are The Beetle, Golf, Golf GTI, and Jetta. Again, if you’re unsure about the fuel for your specific model, your owner’s manual will tell you what you need to know.

If you are someone who prefers premium fuel, you are welcome to continue filling your Volkswagen’s tank with this type of gas. The performance and fuel economy ratings of many Volkswagen vehicles are actually taken from models using premium fuel, so you’re likely to see some benefits if you choose a more premium type of gas. Whichever type of fuel you choose, just make sure you are consistently using the same type to keep your car running smoothly.

This new fuel recommendation is just another one of the many great improvements we’ve seen for the 2016 VW model lineup. If you would like to learn more about maintenance for any Volkswagen vehicles, feel free to reach out to our team here at Jennings Volkswagen or contact a VW dealer near you.

Premium vs. Regular Gas

Premium: While premium and regular fuel share some of the same characteristics. Premium gas contains more octane than regular. Most premium gasoline has an octane level that is 90 or above. Premium gasoline was the preferred choice for older vehicles because it helped improve performance. Higher octane levels prevented “knocking” or pre-ignition which does damage to the engine. However, since modern vehicles are equipped with ignition sensors pre-ignition is not a frequent issue.

Regular: Regular unleaded gas has an octane level of 87. While premium gas is cleaner and creates less pollution, it’s also more expensive. Modern technology has made vehicles more efficient and affordable in general which has allowed for greater use of regular fuel. Premium gas can cost a driver up hundreds of dollars more a year, depending on how much and how far they drive.

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