2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Fuel Economy Update for November

December 10, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

It's always a bit anticlimactic writing about our 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI's fuel economy. There's usually not much to tell: "Went a few places. Filled up twice."

That's about how November went. We took it to Vegas, did that round-trip (approximately 560 miles) on a single tank. Drove it around town. Crossed the 10,000-mile milestone. Filled it up three times, about 32 gallons total. Our best range this month was 576.2 miles.

Whatever else you think about the Passat, there's something pretty damn special about a car that will take you 500, even 700, miles on a single tank of diesel. It makes all those daydreams about getting way, way out of town on a Friday afternoon suddenly that much more tangible. This car would fill arena parking lots if the Grateful Dead were still touring.

Worst Fill MPG: 25.2
Best Fill MPG: 43.8
Average Lifetime MPG: 36.7
EPA MPG Rating: 34 Combined (30 city/40 highway)
Best Range: 733.8
Current Odometer: 11,031

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor


  • tdibill tdibill Posts:

    You will be getting the AdBlue warning light shortly. The Passat TDI will not run without this supplement which is injected into the exhaust system to reduce emissions. The VW dealer fills for free at the 10, 20 and 30k inspections (which your overdue) along with performing all other required maintenance. My local dealer does not require an appointment reservation and completed the 10k in under an hour. I have noticed a distinct drop off in mpg as winter weather sets in. I had an average of 43 mpg for the first 14,000 miles but in the past 2 months that average has dropped by 3 mpg as the temperature dropped below 50 degrees.

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