2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Gets Impressive MPG on Rocky Mountain Traverse
July 23, 2015
A 2,200-mile road trip to Colorado and back in our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a great way to see what kind of mileage it's capable of on the highway. But the problem is that in one direction is it climbing most of the way over some of the highest mountain passes in the lower 48 states. Then, on the way back, it's mostly downhill from Denver to Las Vegas.
So, while heading to Denver I got between 29 and 32 mpg. On the way back I got from 34 to almost 36 mpg, a record for this car. On one 100-mile stretch, I saw 40 mpg!
On my trip, I filled the tank eight times with premium gas. In California I paid $4.80 a gallon for premium. In Colorado, $2.50 a gallon for premium. Diesel was as low as $2.47 a gallon. Articles in Los Angeles newspapers have lately tried to explain away these pricing spikes with rational sounding reasons. Frankly, I don't believe any of them.
To get your mind back on more pleasant subjects, I'm including this photo taken near Green River, Utah. It rained a lot during the drive and the GTI did great on the slick roads. The rain-sensing windshield wipers adjusted quickly to sudden downpours, which let me focus on staying on the road.
Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 14,350 miles