2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Got Range?
July 23, 2013
When you fill up many cars, especially those of the more high-performance variety, it's quite common for the DTE gauge to read about 325 miles when it resets. It wasn't too long ago when that was common for more mundane cars as well, such as the VR6-powered 2000 VW Jetta I drove for seven years. Getting 325 miles out of her would've been a good tank.
And yet, with 325 miles to go, our Volkswagen Passat TDI was looking at a half tank when I took the keys last night. Just astonishing, and that's presumably with no effort made to be thrifty. I really hope that we try a few bladder-busting range challenges this year. Given that the Passat TDI in our 40-MPG Challenge actually managed 50 mpg on I-15 between Vegas and LA, we could see some truly epic distances.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 3.976 miles