Car Engine Oil change – longlife or Time/distance regime?

Do we really need to use Longlife engine oil?

Below information which I found from Volkwagen website.

For LongLife service regime it could be anywhere between 9,000 miles or 12 months up to a maximum of 20,000* miles or 24 months, depending on the way the car is driven and/or its operating environment.

For Time and Distance regime will be around 10,000 miles or 12 months (which ever occurs first).

To help you identify which regime may be best for you, you can refer following guidance.

LongLife Regime
To obtain the most benefit from the LongLife service regime, the car should to be generally driven in a style/condition of use listed below:
• Mainly longer distance journeys
• Limited number of cold starts, engine is kept at operating temperature over a longer period of time
• Daily mileage above approx. 25 miles
• Constant speed
• Vehicle used regularly

Time/Distance Regime
It your car is driven in a style if listed below, it may be more appropriate to opt for the Time and Distance regime
• Extremely uneconomical driving style ie continual maximum acceleration ie. ‘foot to floor’
• Vehicle fully loaded
• Mainly short journeys
• Frequent cold starts
• Frequent hill climbs
• Frequent towing
• City centre driving

Please note that all mileage stated is an approximate guide as the service indicator system uses kilometres as the distance measurement. For detail please refer to