Will Try To Beat 42.9 MPG - 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Will Try To Beat 42.9 MPG

August 02, 2011

vw_jetta_fuel1.JPG If you noticed the latest fuel economy report, our Jetta's best fuel economy so far was 42.9 mpg, obtained by none other than Golf-TDI-owning staffer Ron Montoya. Perhaps with a bit of irony, he obtained that figure driving in Los Angeles during the infamous Carmageddon weeekend. (Ron's explanation: "There was nobody on the road.")

Well, I've got a 225-mile trip planned for tomorrow, and I'm going to try and beat Ron's number. In my favor, it's almost all highway driving, which is right up a diesel's alley. I've also seen a couple other 40-mpg tanks on our Jetta's fuel log, so I know 42.9 isn't otherworldly. Finally, I'll be actually trying for good fuel economy. However, I won't be driving like a hypermiling weenie, either. I'll match the posted speed limits (65 to 70 mph for the route) when possible and turn off the air-conditioning when possible, but that's about it. I'll also be going up and over the 4,000-foot Tejon Pass.

It'll be close. But I'm hoping for 44 mpg. I'll let you know tomorrow.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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