2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI: Fuel Economy Update for January
February 4, 2014
We put 1,251 miles on our long-term 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI in the first month of 2014. Almost of all of that was city driving, so we set a new low for mpg at 24.1 mpg. That matches the car's EPA city rating, so if that's the worst we can do in Southern California traffic, it speaks well of VW's turbocharged and direct-injected, 1.8-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine.
Our best tank of the month came in at 25.7 mpg, which is quite a bit below our lifetime high of 27.6. More important, it's well short of our Passat's 28 mpg combined rating and 34 mpg highway rating.
Clearly, we'll need to get out of town and put some highway miles on the car if we intend to get within spitting distance of our other silver family sedan, the diesel 2013 Passat TDI, which is averaging a cool 36.5 mpg.
Worst Fill MPG: 24.1
Best Fill MPG: 27.6
Average Lifetime MPG: 25.5
EPA MPG Rating: 28 Combined (24 City/34 Highway)
Best Range: 451.7 miles
Current Odometer: 3,532 miles
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 3,532 miles