2010 Volkswagen GTI: Easy To Get Good MPG
November 04, 2010
A couple days ago I managed to get the GTI's best fuel economy so far: 33.5 mpg. It was on a drive of about 230 miles of almost all highway. The pictured trip computer's readout was optimistic, as trip computers typically are.
Admittedly, I did have fuel economy in mind when I made the drive; I wanted to see if I could beat the previous best (which I also set) of 30.7 mpg. But I didn't go to extreme measures, either. I simply drove at or slightly above the speed limit (mostly a 70-mph limit on the route), used a lot of cruise control and didn't accelerate aggressively.
This isn't to say the GTI is somehow special. Its overall average is 24.6 mpg, which is right in-line with the EPA 25 mpg combined (and EPA combined is what we typically get out of our long-term cars). But it's nice to see an immediate result from just a little effort at better fuel economy.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor