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Shell V-power ‘a waste of money’ says Which?

Super fuels are 'a waste of money says Which?

The Which? found there was ‘no conclusive evidence’ of the benefits of so-called super fuelsPhoto: GETTY IMAGES

For many drivers, buying super fuel is “a waste of money” with people paying over the odds for the product.

Which? Car Magazine tested three super fuels against the standard unleaded versions of those products.

They found each super fuel had only a marginal effect on the emissions of pollutants while they do not improve a car’s performance or save money.

They also found any break-even point in terms of reduce repair bills could take years to reach.

First testing a Ford Focus 1.6l with Shell V-power fuel, they found that although the car had a marginal power increase using super fuel, it ended up costing £115 more than unleaded filling the car for 12,000 miles.

Tests on the same car using Tesco’s Super Unleaded found it actually decreased the power of the Focus.

They found there was little to choose between super fuels and ordinary petrol regarding economy and emissions when testing a Volkswagen Golf 1.4l TSI engine with Shell V-Power.

And the economy and performance of a Renault Megane 1.5l diesel were both slightly worse when using BP Ultimate diesel compared to its unleaded counterpart.

Which? editor Richard Headland said: “For many cars it’s a waste of money paying over the odds for so-called ‘super fuels’. The standard fuels we tested were all up to the job, whether from a major fuel brand or a supermarket.

“There’s no conclusive evidence to show that super fuels are better for your car in the long run. So in a time of high oil prices, why would you choose to pay more?”

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