Fuel Economy Update for March - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Fuel Economy Update for March

April 3, 2014

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

In the month of March we added over 2,400 miles to our 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI. That's 700 miles more than our monthly goal for long-term cars. A trip to Sacramento accounted for most of it. Our Passat trekked northbound 424 miles on a partial tank and 638 more on a second tank. That's some great range, but it still isn't our best.

Worst Fill MPG: 25.2 mpg
Best Fill MPG: 44.4 mpg
Average Lifetime MPG: 36.6 mpg
EPA MPG Rating: 34 combined (30 city / 40 highway) 
Best Range: 733.5 miles
Current Odometer: 17,175 miles

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 17,175 miles


  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    But the commercials tell me it can go 795 miles on a tank.

  • chrisb12 chrisb12 Posts:

    The commercial does say theoretical range of 795 miles per tank (mpg x tank capacity) and the math does work quite nicely. I can say that on my Passat TDI SE 6 speed stick I typically hit over 700 miles on a tank before I refill (720 give or take) and usually can only get 16.5-17 gallons in to a tank that holds just over 18 gallons. My wifes TDI SEL DSG will usually go about 650 or so on a tank and fill about 16 - 16.5. I can say when the weather is warm (over 40) I'll get up to 50mpg on my normal 1/2 hour commute without trying but average somewhere around 43 mpg for the entire tank -- so far both cars are averaging close to the highway mpg advertised for all driving (mixed). Getting fuel is a bi-weekly or monthly chore now rather than a weekly one.

  • That 795 figure assumes pretty much draining the tank, which the guage reading and warning notices would not like at all. I believe it's based on the manual's 43 hwy estimate. I've done better than that on some tanks with my DSG, but I ran out of trip, as my destination was a little over 400 miles, then back to in-town traffic which took it down closer to 40 overall. I do think the ad is a double-edged sword for them.

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