2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Fuel Economy Update for April - A New Low, A New High
May 14, 2015
After road trips to popular desert destinations like Borrego Springs, California, and Joshua Tree National Park, at the very end of March, our long-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI spent most of April in heavy traffic.
In the midst of those 656 miles, we achieved a new low water mark in fuel economy: 15.2 mpg. The rest of our travels netted better numbers though, so the GTI's lifetime average crept up 0.1 mpg to 26.1.
Of course, one of the best things about the seventh-generation Volkswagen GTI is that you don't have to be on a spectacular road trip to enjoy driving it. Daily commutes and just-because runs to the grocery store are their own reward in this car.
Still, we're well shy of the GTI's 28 mpg combined EPA fuel economy rating and we won't be able to fix that putting along in scenic Alhambra, Calif. (as seen in the above photo of the VW refueling). Road trips of significant duration are a must for the next 10,000 miles of our ownership experience.
Worst Fill MPG: 15.2
Best Fill MPG: 34.5
Average Lifetime MPG: 26.1
EPA MPG Rating: 28 Combined (25 City/33 Highway)
Best Range: 376.5
Current Odometer: 9,621
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor