Does using regular fuel harm a VW turbo engine?
It too often feels like doing the right thing for your car directly battles with your need to keep money in your bank account. On the one hand, maintenance helps prevent expensive repairs down the line, but on the other hand there’s the old adage, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” Of course, that’s not what any mechanic will say when it comes to cars, but we know it’s sometimes what happens when funds don’t match well with what you ought to do. For this reason, shoppers frequently want to know, does using regular fuel harm a VW turbo engine?
2016 VW models can use regular gasoline
Volkswagen has consistently recommended the use of premium fuel for turbocharged engines, and it’s clear why. Higher compression means you want a higher octane fuel that won’t combust outside of the combustion chamber. The higher octane fuel also runs a tad cleaner in that it leaves behind less carbon buildup and it gives more power output in engines designed for it, though premium fuel will do you no favors in engines not designed for it. This being the case, it’s not 100% clear why Volkswagen has changed its recommendation to regular in the following models:
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We should say, VW has also not said older models can be run on regular either. It could be the engines have been tuned differently from previous model years, but we’ve heard nothing either way. You might also note that while regular is the new recommendation, the power output figures are based on using premium fuel. Power-hungry drivers may, therefore, still wish to put premium fuel in their Volkswagen. Those simply questioning the fuel economy will note the EPA ratings are based on using regular fuel, so choosing between the grades is not a matter of efficiency.
We hope this clears things up about the fuel grade issue, and if there are any further questions, feel free to leave us a comment below. Otherwise be sure to keep checking back here at the Volkswagen of Springfield Blog for more posts like this one.