Monthly fuel price of unleaded 95 octane in the United Kingdom (UK) 2015-2020

The price of unleaded 95 octane fuel across the United Kingdom has seen an overall increase since the beginning of the reporting period. In October 2018, prices had reached a high of 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, when compared to diesel fuel prices.

Supermarket vs UK average

When comparing prices, supermarkets are consistently the cheapest option when refueling. The gap between the two has varied, but in March 2020 it was 4.6 pence cheaper at supermarket forecourts. In 2019, Tesco had the largest market share of motor fuel sold in the UK, at nearly 16 percent. The combined market share of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda amounted to 43.5 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 2019, the British multinational oil and gas firm BP owned 1,221 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 March 2015 to March 2020

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Release date

March 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2015 to 2020

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