Milage and performance with higher octane-2012 Volvo S60 T5

Asked by Oct 11, 2013 at 01:09 PM about the 2012 Volvo S60 T5

Question type: General

I have a 2012 Volvo S60 T5. I'd like to know if there is any advantage to using higher octane fuel. I currently use regular. Would using a higher octane gas give me any worthwhile improvement in gas milage and/or performance? Is there an optimum octane?

5 Answers


Volvo recommended for your car/engine to use 87 octane. Using anything higher would be a waste of money.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
Best Answer Mark helpful

to gain any advantage from a higher octane gasoline would require a different program in your computer.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Actully, according to the 2012 Volvo S60 T5 Manual, "Volvo recommends using premium unleaded gas for best performance, but using 87 octane or above will not affect engine reliability. Volvo engine is designed to achieve rated horsepower, torque, and fuel economy performance using premium 91 octane fuel." Chapter 06, Refueling; p. 253

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

In my 2012 S60, the check engine light comes on when I use premium fuel.

That sounds like a possible issue with your evap system. Do you know what codes are being thrown by the cel?

Your Answer


Looking for a Used S60 in your area?

CarGurus has 8,069 nationwide S60 listings starting at $1,800.


Volvo S60 Experts

  • #1
    Christopher Paden
  • #2
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volvo S80
32 Great Deals out of 961 listings starting at $2,000
Used Volvo XC60
143 Great Deals out of 5,945 listings starting at $5,900
Used Volvo S40
35 Great Deals out of 988 listings starting at $1,990
Used BMW 3 Series
1,049 Great Deals out of 31,422 listings starting at $795
Used Volvo XC90
101 Great Deals out of 8,934 listings starting at $2,575
Used Audi A4
312 Great Deals out of 10,843 listings starting at $900
Used Honda Accord
1,098 Great Deals out of 61,913 listings starting at $999
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
619 Great Deals out of 23,268 listings starting at $1,199
Used Volvo XC70
47 Great Deals out of 920 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota Camry
1,119 Great Deals out of 70,557 listings starting at $750
Used Volvo C70
29 Great Deals out of 465 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Civic
834 Great Deals out of 77,158 listings starting at $900

Used Cars For Sale

2016 Volvo S60 T5 For Sale
5 listings starting at $15,995
2015 Volvo S60 T5 For Sale
8 listings starting at $14,995
2014 Volvo S60 T5 For Sale
9 Great Deals out of 140 listings starting at $13,428

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.