Synthetic oil, which is commonly known as full synthetic oil is now considered the standard oil used in most new cars. Synthetic oil is long-lasting, performs better in extremely high or low temperatures, and is usually made with high-performing additives (we’ll talk more about additives later).
While originally designed for high-tech engines that demanded peak engine performance and higher levels of lubrication, synthetic oil is now recommended by most manufacturers as modern cars (manufactured after 2000) are now designed to go for longer intervals between servicing – up to 15,000 kilometres.
But, just because synthetic oil is considered ‘the best’, don’t be led to believe that this high-performance oil is the best option, particularly if you drive an older model. If your manufacturer doesn’t specify synthetic oil or you have an older car (pre-2000), you may find synthetic oil won’t produce better engine performance, and given it’s much more expensive than conventional oil, you’d be wasting your money.