2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Fuel Economy Update for January
February 4, 2015
Our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback has been with us for three and a half months, during which time it has accumulated 6,083 miles.
This month 1,819 miles were added, the most so far by a thin margin. January's average fuel economy works out to 26.4 mpg, which is a welcome bump over the three previous reporting periods: 25.6, 25.7 and 25.3 mpg. It was enough to raise the GTI's overall average to 25.8 mpg.
That's directionally encouraging, but the GTI is still coming up short of its 28 mpg EPA combined rating. Maybe things will pick up as it accumulates more road trip miles.
Our VW GTI did venture out on one road trip this month, albeit a short one. Ron Montoya drove it to CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. On the way home he set new marks for Best Range (333.8 miles) and Best Fill (31.9 mpg). But there's still room for further improvement because the VW's estimated highway fuel economy is 33 mpg.
Ron's efforts were offset somewhat by a new worst fill of 19.4 mpg. Another staffer apparently stuck to local city streets and didn't venture onto any freeways. It didn't do much overall damage (and probably shouldn't qualify for worst fill status) because it was only a 4.279-gallon top-up after just 82.8 miles.
Worst Fill MPG: 19.4 (down from 21.1)
Best Fill MPG: 31.9 (up from 30.2)
Average Lifetime MPG: 25.8 (up from 25.5)
EPA MPG Rating: 28 Combined (25 City/33 Highway)
Best Range: 333.8 (up from 330.8)
Current Odometer: 6,083
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 6,083 miles