Monthly fuel price of unleaded 95 octane in the United Kingdom (UK) 2015-2019

The average price of unleaded 95 octane fuel across the United Kingdom has seen an overall increase since the beginning of the reporting period. In January 2015, the cost per liter of this fuel averaged 108.9 pence. Prices fluctuated in the following years, and by October 2018 had reached a high 131.6 pence per liter.

Unleaded 95 octane is the most commonly used fuel in the UK. Unlike Super Unleaded, which is mostly used in high performance vehicles, it is suitable for most petrol engines. It is also the cheapest fuel option on average.

Supermarket vs UK average

  When comparing prices, supermarkets are consistently the cheapest option when refueling. The gap between the two has varied, but in June 2018 it was four pence cheaper at supermarket forecourts.
In 2018, Tesco had the largest market share of motor fuel sold in the UK, at 16 percent. The combined market share of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda amounted to almost 44 percent, which is unsurprising when supermarkets offer the cheapest prices.

Petrol station numbers

  Although supermarkets have a large market share of the volume of petrol sold, it is major oil and gas companies that operate the greatest number of petrol stations. By the end of 2018, the British multinational oil and gas firm BP owned 1,228 sites across the country. The combined number of petrol stations of BP, Esso and Shell amounted to more than 40 percent of all UK outlets. In comparison, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda operated less than 20 percent.

Average price of unleaded 95 octane fuel in the United Kingdom (UK) from January 2015 to September 2019

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Release date

November 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2015 to 2019

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