Types of fuel in Australia
The types of engines out there and the fuel they take each have their own benefits. If you’re in the market for a new car, it’s especially important to know the difference between fuels when making your purchase, as it could ultimately influence the price you pay at the bowser.
Here’s a handy guide that explains the different types of fuels you’ll find in Australia.
Unleaded petrol (ULP)
If your car takes unleaded petrol, you have plenty of options when it comes to providers, as all stations carry unleaded petrol. The newer technology of petrol engines also means they are more efficient than previous generation petrol engines, in theory driving your dollars further.
Although you typically pay more for this type of fuel over ULP, diesel is regarded as being much more efficient. Not only that, but diesel engines inherently have more torque and therefore are ideal for carrying heavy loads or towing things such as caravans.
LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas)
LPG is much cheaper than Unleaded or Diesel, however the trade-off is that you achieve less performance, and it can often take up valuable luggage space in standard vehicles. The upshot, however, is that the government offers rebates to convert to LPG, therefore making it a viable option for the price conscious.
Premium unleaded 95 and 98 fuels
Often referred to as ‘higher octane’ unleaded, these two versions of ULP contain a research octane number (RON) level of either 95 or 98; which is essentially the fuel’s resistance to ignite under high pressure. Just about all new cars can take these variations of unleaded fuel.
Fundamentally this fuel is unleaded petrol except it contains up to 10% of ethanol – a biofuel derived from renewable products. This represents one of the cheaper petrol options on the market, and is compatible with all new, and some older cars.
This type of fuel is made from natural, renewable sources that burns cleaner and contains no petroleum and is biodegradable.
Premium diesel has no real power advantages over standard diesel, however it is purported to clean your engine more effectively, in turn extending its life and providing better economy and bang for buck.
At the end of the day, the price you pay for your fuel is governed more or less by the type of engine your car has, and which compatible fuel you choose to run. By quickly checking our price tool at comparethemarket.com.au, you will at least have the best chance at locating some of the cheapest fuel in your area for your particular car. Try it now – it only takes seconds!