2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Fuel Economy Update for July
August 5, 2014
It's been a busy month for our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI, 3,222 miles in several long road trips, the most miles in any month since we got the silver sedan.
That's probably why this also was one of the VW's best months ever for fuel efficiency.
VW's 1.8-liter TSI engine loves road trips and the Passat 1.8 TSI has become one of those rare cars that actually comes very close to delivering the EPA's estimated mileage. It's now at a 27 MPG lifetime average versus the EPA's combined rating of 28 MPG.
We set a record for single-tank fuel efficiency in July, 34.5 MPG on a 453.7-mile leg of Mike Monticello's jaunt to Phoenix.
The Passat also gave us three more of our top 10 trips so far, with a 33.4-MPG tank on July 28, a 32.4-MPG fill-up on the 29th and a 32.1-MPG tank on the 31st. The car covered 1,210 miles over those final four days of the month.
One thing we noticed — and it's not exclusive to VW — is that the car's own calculation of its fuel economy is a bit optimistic: As you can see from the photo, the average MPG for an end-of-the-month round trip from Santa Monica to San Jose shows on the Passat's information readout as 33.4 MPG, while the actual fuel economy for that 842 miles was 32.3 MPG.
Worst Fill MPG: 18.7
Best Fill MPG: 34.5
Average Lifetime MPG: 27.0
EPA MPG Rating: 28 combined (24 City/34 Highway)
Best Range: 494 miles
Current Odometer: 12,821 miles
John O'Dell, Senior Editor for Green Cars and Fuel Efficiency @ 12,821miles