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Can my car use E10 ethanol fuel?

Can your car run on E5 or E10 ethanol blended petrol? (image credit: BP)
Tom White
Journalist
CarsGuide

29 Aug 2018 • 33 min read

You should always check if your car is suitable for E10 before using it.

E10 fuel contains ten per cent ethanol by volume, the maximum allowed by the Australian government in standard fuels. At many petrol stations E10 is now the base fuel, occasionally marketed as 94 RON.

As a general rule, most cars post-1986 can run on E10, whereas most cars that once ran on leaded fuel or are carburetted cannot.

This is due to the ethanol component in E10 carrying more water by volume. The water present in this fuel can cause corrosion on engine or fuel system parts, and can cause a build up of engine residues.

Some cars that are compatible with 5 per cent ethanol are not necessarily also compatible with E10, so caution must be taken when referring to the car's fuel requirements. Many European vehicles, turbocharged, or performance vehicles require a minimum octane rating of 95 or 98 and should not be refuled with E10, 91 or 94 fuel grades.

The following table lists vehicle models the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries says are able to run on E5 or E10 ethanol blended petrol. This list is a general guide and not comprehensive of every single model on sale in Australia. If you are in doubt you should always check the minimum octane rating inside of your vehicle's fuel cap or in the owner's manual.

Brand Model(s) E5 E10
Alfa Romeo All models post 1998 image image
  All models pre 1998 image image
Audi Audi A3 1.8-litre (engine code 'APG' 2000 onwards)
Audi A4 2.0-litre (engine code 'ALT' 2001 onwards)
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  All models post 1986 except above image image
Bentley All models post 1990 image image
BMW All models post 1986 image image
Citroen All models post 1998 image image
Chrysler All models post 1986 image image
Daihatsu Charade (Sept 2004 onwards); Terios (Sept 2004 onwards); Copen (Oct 2004 onwards); Sirion (Nov 2004 onwards) image image
Dodge All models post 1986 image image
Fiat Punto image image
Ford Focus (2002-2004), F-series (1986-1992), Ka (All), Maverick (all), Transit (1996 - 2004) image image
  Mondeo (prior to 2007) image image
  Capri (all), Courier 2.0-litre & 2.6-litre (all), Econovan (pre-2002), Festiva (all), Laser 1.3, 1.5 and 1.6-litre (all), Raider (all), Telstar (all) image image
  All models post 1986 except above image image
Daewoo All models image image
Holden Apollo (1987 - 1989), Nova (1989 - 1994), Barina (1985 - 1994), Drover (1985 - 1986), Scurry (1985 - 1986), Astra (1984 - 1989) image image
  Astra SRi 2.2-litre (2006-onwards); Astra 2.2-litre Convertible (2006-onwards)  image image
  All models post 1986 except above image image
Honda Insight - 2004 onwards; Civic range (including Civic Hybrid) - 2004 onwards; S2000 - 2004 onwards; CRV - 2003 onwards; MD-X - 2003 onwards; Accord & Accord Euro - 2003 onwards; Integra – 2002 onwards; Odyssey – 2004 onwards; Jazz – 2004 onwards; Legend – 2006 onwards image image
Hyundai All models post October 2003 image image
Infiniti All models post 2004 image image
Jaguar All models post 1986 image image
Jeep All models post 1986 image image
Kia All models post 1996 image image
Land Rover All models post 1986 image image
Lexus IS200 pre May 2002 image image
  All models post 1986 except above image image
Lotus Elan (1989-1991); Esprit (4 cyl – 1987-1999); Elise (Rover engine – 1996-2004); 340R; Exige (Rover engine – 2001, 2002 & 2004); Europa (2006 onwards) image image
  Esprit (V8 – 1998-2004); Exige (Toyota engine – 2004 onwards); Elise (Toyota engine – 2004 onwards) image image
Mazda Mazda2 - May 2005 build onwards, Mazda3, Mazda6, RX-8, MX-5 – July 2005 build onwards, Tribute - April 2006 onwards, CX-7, CX-9, CX-5, CX-3 image image
  All models except above image image
Mercedes-Benz All models post 1986 image image
MG All models image image
Mini All models image image
Mitsubishi All fuel injected models post 1986 image image
Nissan All models post 2004 image image
Peugeot 306 (XU engine only) image image
  All models post July 1997 except above image image
Porsche All models pre MY2007 image image
  All models post MY2007 image image
Proton All models image image
Rover All models image image
Renault All models post 2001 image image
Rolls-Royce All models between 1990 and 2002 image image
Saab All models post 1986 image image
Ssangyong Rexton, Stavic & Chairman with 3.2-litre petrol engine image image
Subaru All Subarus before 1990, Subaru Liberty B4 (2002 - 2003), Subaru Liberty GT (2004 - 2006) Impreza WRX STI (1999 - 2005) image image
  All models post MY1990 except above image image
Suzuki All pre-2008 Alto, Mighty Boy, Wagon R+, Swift/Cino, Sierra, Stockman, Vitara, X-90, Jimny (SOHC), Super Carry, Suzuki Baleno and Baleno GTX image image
  All models except above image image
Toyota Camry with carburettor engines pre July 1989 and Corolla pre July 1994; Supra - pre May 1993, Cressida - pre Feb 1993, Paseo - pre Aug 1995, Starlet - pre July 1999, Land Cruiser - pre Aug 1992, Coaster - pre Jan 1993, Dyna - pre May 1995, Tarago - pre Oct 1996, Hilux , Hiace, & 4 Runner - pre Aug 1997, Townace - pre Dec 1998 image image
  All models except above image image
Volkswagen All fuel injected models post 1986 image image
Volvo All models post 1986 image image

SourceFederal Chamber of Automotive Industries

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