Volkswagen Golf MPG-Real World Numbers

Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
edited April 2014 in Volkswagen
This topic is for VW owners to post their MPG. Please be sure to include the make, year, and fuel used (diesel/gas).

"Real World" Fuel Economy vs. EPA Estimates


  • waiwai Member Posts: 325
    2004 Jetta GLI (VR6), 21 mpg 85% highway, premium (93 Octane) gas.
  • tdigearheadtdigearhead Member Posts: 2
    EPA window sticker in 2001 was 42/49. I have every tank full documented, lowest 44 (75% traffic light inner-city travel), 50 highway average. Daily commute (35% city, 65% highway, average is 47.5 mpg). 2001 TDI Golf, 5-spd
  • waiwai Member Posts: 325
    You got very good mileage on your TDI, what is your highway average speed which you get 50mpg? My average highway speed is 80mph for 21mpg.
  • fdzsersinskifdzsersinski Member Posts: 1
    1998 Passat V6 gas. 27 City - 30 Highway. 5 gear manual.

    2002 New Beetle Turbo S, gas. 29 City - 34 Highway. 6 gear manual.

    Both use 93 octane gas.
  • roadrunner3429roadrunner3429 Member Posts: 1
    2006 Jetta TDI -- 40.2 mpg
  • roberte1roberte1 Member Posts: 42
    2004 VW Passat MT 1.8T 26 MPG Combined city and Highway
  • empiempi Member Posts: 6
    13.9 or 14 mpg - city driving
    20 Hwy.

    Very disgusted.

    Had the computer checked twice. I do not drive like a maniac. My commute to work is 3 miles each way. Very unhappy. VW says nothing they can do. I am ready to sell it.
  • waiwai Member Posts: 325
    Convertible and 6 speed Tiptronic is very heavy, no wonder you only got 14mpg in city, my 2004 VR6 only get 22.5 mpg in 75% highway driving. (75mph)
  • ruking1ruking1 Member Posts: 19,826
    EPA window sticker in 2003 was 42/49.

    I have every tank full documented, lowest 44 mpg (75% freeway traffic, light to bumper to bumper), 48 highway average. Daily commute (20% city, 80% highway, range is 48-51 mpg, 50 mile R/T ) highest 62 mpg. 2003 TDI Jetta, 5-spd, app 68,000 miles

    I lifted your format, just substituted my data.
  • alex1vwalex1vw Member Posts: 1
    I average approx 28-29 mpg as I drive 60 miles RT to/from my office. Almost all hwy miles at 65 mph.
    I do use 93 octane. The past holiday weekend i average 32mpg. on a 1100 mile jaunt to West Texas! :surprise:
  • mgregormgregor Member Posts: 1
    I'm looking at diesel Golfs. My priority with that car is fuel efficiency. I found a decent price on a used 2002 that's loaded with heated seats, 8 air bags, etc. Anyone know how much weight loaded features add and if you lose much in terms of MPG?
  • ruking1ruking1 Member Posts: 19,826
    A good rule of thumb is 1 mpg per 100#'s. So with the options you mentioned, almost negligible.

    Some folks really do this kind of stuff as a hobby. I have heard of running the car with 1/2 tank of fuel, removal of rear seats, no spare tire or tools, etc, etc,.
  • 98ddgram150098ddgram1500 Member Posts: 16
    2002 Golf,4dr, GLS, 2.0L, 5 Speed, stock tire size, 99% highway using the lowest octane, no tune up, no add-on/mods, not using cruise control, some bumper to bumper work commuter traffic - 30-31MPG
    The engine is at a high RPM at highway speeds of 65MPH.
  • andrew717andrew717 Member Posts: 1
    Interstate, cruise control on 75, A/C off: 25 MPG
    Daily Commute, 60/40 to 70/30 mix of highway and bumper-to-bumper, 19-21 MPG

    I think the automatic really kills the mileage in this car, winds up being the same or a little worse than my 2001 Buick Regal GS with it's 3.8L supercharged V6.
  • stupidpersonstupidperson Member Posts: 1
    2005 Golf GLS TDI 5-speed Tiptronic. 41 mpg (hwy, city mixture)
  • The heated seats and airbags make no difference as all TDIs have the airbags. My 03 TDI has all options (except for the automatic, which is not a good choice with the TDI). I regularly best the EPA numbers. Lately, with higher fuel costs, I have lowered my highway speed to 67 mph. With the general slowdown I have noticed out there, it is not too slow for most traffic conditions. And my highway mpg has gone from just over 50 to between 55 and 60 mpg.
  • el_tigreel_tigre Member Posts: 4
    Recently figuered out my total overall mileage @ 45,000 miles: 30.9 mpg
  • don4saildon4sail Member Posts: 1
    I have had my 2003 Golf TDI for almost 6 years. I have noted every filling. During the first 5 years my yearly average has been 49.5 MPG. Last year I began hypermling. I do not like the term and the phrase ecodriving For economy and ecology). Last year I averaged 58.5 MPG and over 700 miles per tank. I hope to improve upon this this year.
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