2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Best MPG So Far
July 06, 2012
For a Beetle fill-up a couple days ago we registered 30.9 mpg, the Beetle's best fuel economy so far. I mention this mostly because a few people commented on the Beetle's lackluster listed average (21.2 mpg) in our most recent Big List of Fuel Economy for June. One 30 mpg tank (the EPA highway estimate is also 30 mpg) is not going to significantly raise that average, but it at least does show the car can is capable of meeting an EPA estimate.
This particular tank was indeed all highway driving. It's the same 230-mile route I've used to observe optimized fuel economy in two other VW products, our 2011 Jetta TDI (46.1 mpg) and 2010 GTI (33.5 mpg).
Unlike those trips, though, I didn't set out with a fuel economy goal for the Beetle. I pretty much just drove, which meant 70+ mph speeds and air conditioning on. Seeing it all now, I wish I had made the attempt for better economy. Well, maybe next time.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor