You know one of the things I don’t understand about Shell V Power and now Shell V Power Nitro, is there doesn’t seem to be any concrete research to say if it is better than regular petrol.
If you ignore the stuff from Shell, all the reviews you read about V Power are from car enthusiasts or bloggers.
For some reason the main media doesn’t seem to be that interested in doing detailed research.
So to see if Shell V Power is worth the extra cost I’ve been through blog articles, forums asked mechanics and read whatever I could find on it.
Here’s what I found out and from what I can see this also applies to Shell V Power Nitro.
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Not All Petrol/Diesel Is The Same
When you go to fill up with petrol do you ever think about the quality of the petrol you're putting in your car?
Most people don't, but the fact is not all petrol and diesel is the same.
Basically V Power has been treated/prepared differently to regular petrol and diesel which is why it can be claimed to improve the efficiency of your engine.
However because regular petrol hasn’t gone through that process, no such claims of efficiency can be made.
How the petrol is treated/prepared is part of the reason why back in 2007 the supermarket petrol scandal only affected certain supermarkets and not the whole industry.
So when you fill up with supermarket petrol, there is a reason why it's cheaper, the treatment/preparation is different.
But here’s the thing.
From what I've read the benefits of Shell V Power seem to be more of a long term play. It’s only through long term use that you really see the benefits of using V Power.
If you normally use regular petrol filling up occasionally with V Power isn’t going to give you any real benefit. You might as well just stick with your regular petrol.
So Should You Use V Power Or Regular
The story that best sums up the whole should I or shouldn’t I use V Power, comes from a mechanic I asked.
He said he let a customer use his personal car as a loner until the customer's car was fixed and he gave him £60 to fill it up with petrol.
A few days later they exchanged cars back and the mechanic was driving his car and felt it was running rough. He checked it over but everything was ok.
A few days later the customer who had borrowed the mechanic's car returned because he'd forgotten to give the mechanic change from filling it up.
The mechanic knew there shouldn't be any change if he'd filled it up with V Power. The customer said he had used normal unleaded.
The mechanic said to me because he'd been using Shell V Power for years in the car he could tell the difference in the car straight away.
What Should You Do?
With my last car and now with my current car I only use V Power because I believe it does make a difference long term and I keep cars for a long time.
But if you're going to be changing your car every 3 or 4 years, I don’t think there's any point paying the extra because you won't really get the full benefits Shell V Power gives you.
What Do You Think?
Read the comments below and have your say. Do you think Shell V Power is better than regular petrol or is it just a marketing ploy?
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