2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Trip to the Coast, MPG Report
July 8, 2013
This is the second update from my recent road trip to California's central coast. I've got the final fuel economy numbers here, which has a bit more fuel economy detail to go along with our recent mpg update for June.
In total the trip was about 420 miles of driving. In terms of mileage totals, most of that was from highway driving at about 60 to 70 mph with the air conditioning on. But I also did some in-town trips with the car (loading up the family to go to restaurants, for instance) plus some back-road driving on the return leg in lieu of pure highway.
With all that, the Passat turned in 40.1 mpg, our best mpg number so far. (EPA combined is 34 mpg.) One mildly amusing anecdote: at one point during the drive home, my wife looked over to the gauge cluster, noticed that the fuel gauge was still reading above half a tank, and asked: "When did you stop to get gas?"
Of course, I hadn't stopped. It's just that the Passat TDI has got so much potential range that it would throw a lot of people off. For that 40.1 mpg, I fuelled up with 10.4 gallons of diesel. The Passat's maximum tank capacity is listed at 18.5 gallons.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,162 miles