New E10 petrol is a ‘joke’ as drivers admit they are ‘definitely using more fuel’

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One driver said they are now filling up “once a week” instead of every “fortnight” since the new petrol was launched. Other drivers have also “noticed a drop in power” under the new fuel changes which came into effect last month.

Express reader ‘60 something’ said: “MPL is a joke since changing to the new fuel, so I can’t see any advantage in it.

“It is more expensive because you have to fill up more frequently and doesn’t take you as far, so why use it?

“I used to have to fill up once a fortnight. Now it is once a week.”

Kat200 added: “Definitely using more fuel, I noticed a drop of around five mpg on a recent motorway run.

“I suspect the drop will be much greater around town.

“This drop was on a three cylinder super-efficient modern engine that develops 130bhp from 1.2 litres, so heaven knows what the impact is in bigger conventional engines.”

Reader Pikestaff added: “My car is a 17 plate 1400 petrol and the first time I used E10 I noticed a drop in power and MPG.

“I went back [to] E5 I filled up yesterday at my local Sainsbury’s and there was a 7p difference between the two fuels with E5 the most expensive.

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“I will continue to use what is now termed super unleaded.”

Reader ‘Digital’ said: “Arguments about environment, cost and economy aside it comes down to this.

“As a mechanic, if someone said here is a gallon of petrol with five percent ethanol in it or this one with 10 percent in it which one do you want to run in your engine?

“I’d pick the E5 every time as it’s obvious it would be better for combustion.

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