2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Fuel Economy Update for July - Long Legs Shatter Old Records
August 26, 2015
We kept our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI busy in July. Brent drove it around central California for a week or so and it helped him make new friends. Travis used it for a celebratory Fourth of July run out to the Grand Canyon. Shortly after, Phil drove it out to the Rockies and back.
At the end of the month, we'd tallied more than 4,000 miles and 15 fill-ups. Travis managed the impressive feat of setting the best mpg and range records of the test thus far. During the Grand Canyon drive, the GTI legged out 480 miles and 38.5 mpg from a single tank. That kind of range obliterated the previous best of 376 miles.
All of that highway-intensive mileage raised the GTI's lifetime fuel economy average to 27.5 MPG, just a half-point shy of its EPA rating. Although it took us 17,000 miles and some restrained driving to get there, it's impressive regardless. It's no surprise the GTI has been a staff favorite with its seamless blend of style, hatchback utility, snappy acceleration, handling thrill and, when called upon, thrifty fuel consumption.
Worst Fill MPG: 19.4
Best Fill MPG: 38.5
Average Lifetime MPG: 27.5
EPA MPG Rating: 28 Combined (25 City/33 Highway)
Best Range: 480.3
Current Odometer: 17,340
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor