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Volkswagen Golf and Polo owners affected by costly new 2021 E10 fuel – full model list


Owners of some of the most popular Volkswagen models such as the VW Golf, Polo, Lupo and Touran may be incompatible with the new petrol. This could force thousands of owners to pay more at the pumps as they would need to use the current E5 petrol, which will become the premium and most expensive grade later this year.

• Bora 1.6 FSI (81 kW) made from October 2001 to September 2005 (model year 2002 – 2005).

• Bora Variant 1.6 FSI (81 kW) made from October 2001 to September 2005 (model year 2002 – 2005).

• Golf V 1.4 FSI (66 kW) made from November 2003 to November 2004 (model year 2004 – 2005).

• Golf V 1.6 FSI (85 kW) made from August 2003 to May 2004 (model year 2004).

• Golf V 2.0 FSI (110 kW) made from January 2004 to May 2004 (model year 2004).

• Touran 1.6 FSI (85 kW) made from November 2002 to May 2004 (model year 2003 – 2004).

• Touran 2.0 FSI (110 kW) made from October 2003 to May 2004 (model year 2004).

Volkswagen has said it is hard to determine how many owners would be affected by the new fuel as they were not sure how many of each vehicle was still on the road.

A statement said: “Basically, all Volkswagen vehicles, with the exception of some first-generation FSIs, are approved for use with the E10.

“If it is ensured that only original spare parts are used for Volkswagen young and oldtimers, they can also be operated with E10.”

Volkswagen has confirmed its warranty and goodwill regulation covers the vehicle as long as prescribed fuels are used and maintained.

However, they added damage could occur if owners use E10 fuel when their vehicle is not compatible.

A statement added: “In general, ethanol can have a corrosive effect on unprotected aluminium surfaces under certain boundary conditions and thus lead to faults in the injection system.

“Furthermore, elastomer components can become brittle. Fuel-carrying components such as fuel pumps, fuel lines or seals can be affected.”

Data from the RAC has shown up to 600,000 cars on UK roads may be incompatible with the new fuel when it is launched.

However, it is estimated the new petrol will reduce CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year.

This would be the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road in a big boost for the Government’s carbon emissions targets.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has previously claimed just one percent of total road cars would be incompatible by the time the new fuel is introduced.



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