No Range Anxiety - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: No Range Anxiety

June 14, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

It's what VW's TDI-powered cars are famous for: range. But until I refueled today it hadn't registered with me how far this car will go on a single tank. Try 750 miles according to the on-board computer. For perspective, that's enough range to drive from our office in Santa Monica to Salt Lake City, Utah.

Your bladder will never forgive you.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ 1,776 miles


  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    I'd still push it to the limit. And my wife would still scream at me for doing it. Same anxiety. Just less often.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Nice. I'd love to have something like this for the trips from LA to Sacramento we make a few times a year.

  • diondi diondi Posts:

    Nice odometer reading, too bad it's not closer to July 4th!

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    750 is a nice prediction. I'm curious to see what real-world mileage you can get on a long highway trip. Per your last fuel economy update you've never gotten anywhere near the car's highway rating of 40 mpg on a full tank.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I think maybe 1776 miles on the odometer is a little early to start looking for max fuel economy performance. Also, to get the car's highway rating on a full tank, you would probably have to go on a 750-mile highway trip - ? At 1776 miles total the likelihood of having taken a road trip that long is low.

  • Josh, do you normally reset the trip meter after every fill-up? In other words, is the actual range closer to 800 miles?

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