The average cost to fill a family car with petrol hits £100 for the first time ever

The RAC has called it "a truly dark day for drivers".

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 9th June 2022

The average cost to fill up a typical family car with petrol has officially hit more than £100 for the first time ever.

As the rising cost of living crisis continues to make its impact felt across the country, and with inflation having now risen to the 40-year UK high of 9%, the RAC has today confirmed that the average cost of filling a 55-litre car tank with petrol will set the typical family in England back over £100, which is the first time in history.

It comes after data firm Experian Catalist confirmed earlier this month that the average price of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts had now risen to 170.4p – also for the first time ever.

Diesel is also now at 181.4p a litre on average.

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“It’s a truly dark day today for drivers, with petrol now crossing the thoroughly depressing threshold of £100 a tank (£100.27p) and a complete diesel fill-up now costs £103.43,” explained RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams.

“With average prices so high – 182.31p for a litre of unleaded and 188.05p for diesel – there’s almost certainly going to be upward inflationary pressure, which is bad news for everybody.


“While fuel prices have been setting new records on a daily basis, households up and down the country may never have expected to see the cost of filling an average-sized family car reach three figures.”

The average cost to fill up a family car with petrol has officially hit more than £100 for the first time ever / Credit: Pixabay

The record-high average price to fill a 55-litre tank comes after Chancellor Rishi Sunak cut fuel duty by 5p back in March in an effort to protect motorists from the increasing costs going forward.

But now, the RAC has said this measure looks “paltry”, adding that wholesale petrol costs have increased by five times that amount since then.


Mr Williams has urged the government to provide more help for motorists.

He continued in his statement: “March’s 5p fuel duty cut now looks paltry as wholesale petrol costs have already increased by five times that amount since the Spring Statement (25p) [so] a further duty cut or a temporary reduction in VAT would go a long way towards helping drivers, especially those on lower incomes who have no choice other than to drive.”

Earlier this week, the RAC had already urged the government to make a “radical intervention” to stop the cost of fuel rising it pumps across the UK – however, the AA hit out at the RAC over the comments, and blamed its “reckless speculation” for rising fuel prices.

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The AA’s Luke Bosdet said in a statement this week: “Reckless speculation is leading to rip-off prices at the pump.


“Yesterday’s more than 2p-a-litre leap in average UK petrol prices is a huge shock and fuels concern that speculation of a £2 litre just gives the fuel trade licence to pile on extra cost and the misery.”

A spokesperson for the RAC rebutted the accusation.

Featured Image – The AA