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2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI: Fuel Economy Update for March

April 7, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat

We put 1,017 miles on our long-term 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI in March. Almost of all of it was city driving, and we're learning that VW's 170-horsepower, turbocharged and direct-injected, 1.8-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine is quite sensitive to driving style in these conditions. We set a new low for mpg at 21.1 mpg, well short of the car's 24 mpg EPA city rating.

Our best tank of the month came in at only 31.0 mpg, which is below our lifetime high of 33.0 and short of the car's 34 mpg highway rating. The Passat 1.8 TSI's average after 6,000 miles is 26.4 mpg. We'll need to log some highway miles to catch up to the EPA's 28 mpg combined fuel economy rating.

For those keeping score at home, our diesel 2013 VW Passat TDI, is currently averaging a cool 36.6 mpg against an EPA rating of 34 mpg combined (30 city/40 highway).

Worst Fill MPG: 21.1
Best Fill MPG: 33.0
Average Lifetime MPG: 26.4
EPA MPG Rating: 28 Combined (24 City/34 Highway)
Best Range: 494 miles
Current Odometer: 6,000 miles

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 6,000 miles

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By handbrake
on 04/07/14
12:13 PM PST

I'm starting to get the sense (after reading reviews of the new crop of smaller turbo engines) that there ain't a lot of fuel economy gain when you go from a larger, non-turbo engine to a smaller, turbo one. It seems like the bulk of the benefit is that you get better torque characteristics with about the same economy. For all that added cost and complexity, no thanks.

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