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Volkswagen Rabbit MPG - real world numbers

SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
edited April 5 in Volkswagen
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  • parkerjonparkerjon Posts: 14
    Mixed spirited driving: peaks of 160 KM/h - median highway 120 KM/h

    Numbers: 9.6 L/100KM = 24.5 MPG

    Gasoline: Petrocan 89 Octane Regular Gas

    This equals a range of about 560 KM on a tank of gas.
    The max I ever got from our Jetta 2.0T was about 580 KM.

    Factoring in the fun factor: I am happy with the gas mileage. I was very unimpressed with the first tank: but I think it was Esso and a source involved in the oil/gas industry indicated to me that I should avoid Esso as it is an inferior product (the dealership filled the tank).
  • gogirlgogogirlgo Posts: 47
    Just reporting mileage on my first tank of gas on my 4 door. Got 28.36 MPG mixed driving city, freeway and country roads. I was not pushing the car. The salesman told me the mileage would improve after 2000 or so miles. I really like this car. It has lots of pep and is fun to drive, quiet inside, safety features, enough room for my stuff and comfortable seats. One of the things I really like is the good visibility which is lacking in some of the cars I test drove. ;) All of the above are more important to me than getting a few extra MPG.
  • jpmccormacjpmccormac Posts: 98
    Re: "Got 28.36 MPG mixed driving city, freeway and country roads."

    Thanks for posting those numbers. Very reasonable MPG - and I've heard the mileage improves after 3,000 miles or so.
  • parkerjonparkerjon Posts: 14
    It's a treat to drive at highway speeds.

    It is way more fun that the 2001 Passat Wagon (V6/Manual) it replaces - which I got about 22 MPG from premium grade fuel.

    I am getting used to revving it a little higher than our Jetta 2.0T - to get into the better torque range.

    Jonathan
  • rgarnerrgarner Posts: 37
    Yes, the fuel efficiency (or lack thereof on the sticker) is a bit amazing to me. My first tank averaged 25 mpg. My 03 Civic averaged 34 (city/hwy combined). However, you have to realize that the new Rabbit is like a rabbit on steriods compared to the original.

    Fuel efficiency is important, granted. Especially given the current instability of oil and my feeling that we need to do more to conserve our resources. In my mind the Rabbit would be an instant KO if the fuel efficiency could match the Civic/Coralla/etc.

    I'm not rich (after all, I did buy the cheapo 2 door model :)), but I didn't buy the Rabbit based on the MPG. The MPG is not the end of the world. There are lots of questions about the Rabbit's reliability, how well it will sell, etc., but let me throw out a few positives from my new experience with VW and the Rabbit:

    1. I had no problem finding the cheapo 14,990 + destination model. Not only that, but the dealer was willing to search high and low to find the car I wanted. I've never had another dealership go out of its way to find me a car.
    2. The design/materials/usability/cool factor/ingenuity of the Rabbit is WORLDS better than my 03 Civic. No comparison. The Honda is a tin can compared to the Rabbit. The difference in the way the cars drive/feel/sound on the road, especially the interstate, is amazing. I feel like I'm driving a different class of car.
    3. It is an amazingly fun car for 17k (once I added the VW Vision wheels)
    4. I had a Civic LX, so the extra HP in the Rabbit makes a world of difference. No more turning off the A/C to merge into traffic. The Rabbit will move when I need it to.

    My .02 cents. I can say this. The Civic was the uber utilitarian, does nothing great but everything well, steady, reliable K-car. But I have loved every mile in my Rabbit, and I could never say that about my Civic.
  • I use the car mainly for commuting. About 2/3 city busy freeway, 1/3 local city streets. I am not impressed. It is less fuel efficient than my wife's CRV!

    Car dash rattles too.

    VW sales/service are almost useless.

    I think I have made a mistake.
  • My earlier message didn't post for some reason, but Takapuna, you may also want to reevaluate your driving habits - which could significantly impact MPG. I recall a story about Larry David (SEINFELD, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM), and how he was positive his Prius was junk because it was getting horrendous gas mileage (relatively speaking of course), while his wife's car was doing wonderfully. That is until he drove her car and experienced the same subpar MPG numbers. Could it be that your experience is similar?

    I picked up my Rabbit on Thursday night and I averaged 27.5 MPG. I filled up with a little less than a half tank remaining. We will see if there's an improvement. Also this is my first time filling it up. It is possible that the tank was not at full capacity.
  • Second tank - 22 mpg
    Third tank - 22.5 mpg
    "Spirited" driving in-city with some in-city freeway miles.
    2006 Rabbit - manual transmission.

    YMMV

    Jim
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Also this is my first time filling it up. It is possible that the tank was not at full capacity.

    :confuse:

    Pretty sure your gas tank is not getting any bigger...
  • Based on your reply, I Obviously wasn't quite as clear as I should have been.

    Though I am sure they did so, what I was hinting at is the possibility the dealer did not fill the tank completely. If they did not, that would negatively effect my MPG calculation. The next fill-up will again be done by me, and I even plan on using the same gas station which will give me accurate gasoline consumed vs miles traveled.
  • '06 coupe, 6 speed auto. Aggressive driving. 2500 miles on car. Use 87 octane.

    Around town, have been getting 25 mpg.

    Drove to Louisville and back in one day from Knoxville, 70-90 mph. Didn't use cruise, got 31.7 mpg! Even had the A/C going and my wife with me (that's not a comment about her weight). Amazing thing was the car never needed a downshift out of sixth gear, not even for mild passing or going up the mountain at Jelico, TN.

    I like manual cars and the DSG in the GTI is sweet, but the 6 speed auto Rabbit is a great, everyday choice.
  • Hmm, I am currently thinking to sell my Infiniti G35 Coupe. Have been reading these forums and learning alot about the Rabbit. The safety and features are excellent but the MPG is disappointing at best. I get 22-24 in my G35 mixed Highway/City and it's 280hp V6. Also excellent service and free loaner cars.
    My wife drives a mazda Protege5 which is doing 29-30mpg. Test driving this weekend. Plan to hit the Rabbit, Mazda3, and maybe the Mini. I have owned a few Hondas and will try to avoid them -- just don't have any kind of fun factor to them. (Sigh, but the upkeep is easy and inexpensive, gas mileage good, etc...)
    If I get rid of my car I want something that still has the fun factor to it. I don't need 280hp for USA highways with 65-70mph speed limits. Saving a little money would be nice. The obvious place to begin is upkeep, insurance, and gas mileage. The Rabbit takes Regular or?

    Appreciate all of your posts. They have been a lot of help.
    Andy
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    In 2.5 Jetta (basically a Rabbit, with a trunk) we get 24-27 mpg in mixed (suburban) driving, have gotten 33 mpg on freeway at 70-75 mph with A/C on and pretty full load (3 people plus full trunk). These cars are heavy for their size, the real world gas mileage seems pretty much comparable to other 3000+ pound cars.

    The 2.5 engine uses regualar gas, the 2.0T (turbo) takes premium).
  • As far as upkeep and ownership costs, the Rabbit looks good compared to what I've owned. Previously had a PT Cruiser (na.) and an Alero (4 cyl), and the Rabbit is slightly cheaper than both of them on insurance and gets better gas mileage. Service intervals seem very reasonable. They change the oil with true synthetic at the dealer, so it only needs service every 10k miles after the first 10k, but my car is new so I haven't experienced dealer service depts yet. Check out the warranty details too.

    Something I forgot to mention in previous post, has anyone got a hubcap Rabbit (no wheel option) with the high profile factory Continental tires? I get a lot of road noise over certain surfaces and can't tell if it's the Continentals or lack of sound deadening. As soon as these tires are dead, I'm getting VW wheels and back to Yokohama V4's.
  • I've got the 2 door Rabbit, with standard wheels and the continentals.
    I dont notice anything out of the ordinary as far as road noise goes.
    I'm in CA, SF bay area, and we have some of the worst, hardest driving old style concrete fwy's around. I'm pretty happy with the standard tires... and they handle great...no squeels yet!
  • I filled up with my 2nd tank last night and my gas mileage remained almost the same - I went from 27.5 to 27.4 mpg. Not quite as good as I hope, but I love how strong the engine feels when I am on the freeway. I can hit 80 to 85 and not notice it a bit. It's hard to believe I am driving a compact.
  • After the rather disappointing 19.1 mpg for my second tank, I made sure I took driving easy for the third. Got 18.7 mpg. I did drive fairly fast one evening for about 10 miles but I don't expect that splurge had much of an impact. This car (3dr auto) drinks gas and I would not recommend it as a commuter.

    I find the figures quoted on this page hard to believe. Are people driving manuals over long distances on flat freeway with no aircon at at fixed 50mph?
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    What kind of commute do you have? is it stop and go? How far do you go and how long does it take?

    My wife has gotten no lower than 24, that was in winter. Her commute is suburban driving though, not really city. She goes about 11 miles in about 20 minutes.

    We also get about 33 mpg in freeway driving at 70-75 mph with the A/C on.

    We have a 2.5 Jetta and it is an automatic.
  • My commute is 6.5 miles each way. I leave about 15 minutes, but it usually takes less. 4.4 miles of this is on the freeway (I5 Seattle). (I got these distances from Mapquest.) The 2.1 miles is "stop and go" with lights every few blocks. The freeway commute is free running about 50% of the time, stop and go the rest. It's fairly flat, and I would consider it typical for the "around town" driving of the EPA.

    I just can't fathom how the fuel economy could be this bad.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    EPA's city cycle is 7.5 miles long, so you are similar at least for distance traveled.

    Best way to test the fuel economy of the car is when you take a trip on the highway, fill up the car just before you begin the highway portion and fill up again at the end of the highway portion and calculate the mpg. Drive a fairly consistent speed between 55 and 65 mph while on the highway.

    If your mileage is similar to epa then the car is not the problem.
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