Updated 7/23/2018

Petrol is a type of engine fuel that is intended for cars with a petrol engine.

Only use petrol from well-known producers. Never use fuel of dubious quality. The petrol must fulfil the EN 228 standard.

Identifier for petrol

The identifier in accordance with the CEN standard EN16942 is located on the inside of the fuel filler flap, and will be on corresponding fuel pumps and their nozzles at filling stations throughout Europe by the end of 2018 at the latest.

These are the identifiers that apply for current standard fuels in Europe. Petrol with the following identifiers may be used in cars with petrol engine:

P5-1646-x90-Sticker E5 for petrol

E5 is a petrol with maximum 2.7% oxygen and maximum 5 volume % ethanol.

P5-1646-x90-Sticker E10 for petrol

E10 is a petrol with maximum 3.7% oxygen and maximum 10 volume % ethanol.


  • Fuel that contains up to 10 percent by volume ethanol is permitted.
  • EN 228 E10 petrol (max 10 percent by volume ethanol) is approved for use.
  • Ethanol higher than E10 (max. 10 percent by volume ethanol) is not permitted, e.g. E85 is not permitted.

Octane rating

  • 95 RON can be used for normal driving.
  • 98 RON is recommended for optimum performance and minimum fuel consumption.
  • An octane rating lower than RON 95 must not be used.

When driving in temperatures above +38 °C (100 °F), fuel with the highest octane rating is recommended for optimum performance and fuel economy.


  • Use only unleaded petrol to avoid damaging the catalytic converter.
  • Fuel containing metallic additives must not be used.
  • Do not use any additives which have not been recommended by Volvo.

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