Last post on Oct 16, 2008 at 8:33 AM
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Volkswagen Rabbit, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback
#84 of 103 30.15mpg on disciplined highway driving
Aug 20, 2007 (6:32 am)
Well I decided to check my pure highway performance ( as pure as I can make it anyway ). I have a 2-door manual and drive with the AC on all the time ( in Florida ).
I did 202 miles after filling up, with about 30 miles of driving to and from the highway on uncongested suburban roads with 45mpg limit and lights every mile.
I tried my hardest not to exceed 70mph and did not hard acceleration to pass, no dropping a gear or anything else liable to impact consumption. I then went back to the same pump and refilled.
I got 202 miles from 6.7 gallons which is 30.15mpg. I only have 500 miles on the vehicle and I am hopeful that it will "loosen up" and give me better performance.
When I convert to UK mpg which is what I am used to, this works out to 36mpg which is pretty respectable. If I can eke out 25mpg on my commute, which is suburban, I will be pretty happy.
Also, I am enjoying the car. It compares nicely to my Volvo V50, which is a much more expensive vehicle and is really only marginally superior in terms of "solidity" and refinement. I will be taking a good look at the Golf Variant which may be badged as a Jetta Wagon, when it gets to the US.
#85 of 103 MPG Improving as Rabbit Runs
Oct 05, 2007 (9:21 am)
I got 26.4mpg from my last tank of gas with only about 20 miles of highway driving. The rest of the miles were "suburban", 40-45mph speed limit roads with lights every half mile to mile.
I was pleasantly surprised because my resolve to drive as smoothly as possible in order to maximize gas mileage had weakened a little.
I hope the trend continues but I would settle for this MPG given the EPA urban cycle figure of 22mpg
#86 of 103 25.9 MPG 5:5 highway/local
Nov 05, 2007 (4:55 pm)
08 rabbit 2D AT
I got around 26 on mixed hightway and local.
I can't remember exactly how much I drove expectedly.
Nov 14, 2007 (4:11 pm)
After a 10K/1-year service (at 6500 miles) I got a little over 30 mpg.
The car was driven almost 200 miles on the freeway,
between 65-80 mph. Manual transmission. Cruise control
used for about 75 miles.
One of the things they did at the servicing was rotate
the tires. After I got it back, it seemed stiffer, so maybe
they added air to the tires.
Prior to this, I've ranged between 24 and 29 mpg,
with most of the driving suburban at speeds up to
about 50, with some stop and go.
I don't drive enough to worry about the mileage.
Nov 18, 2007 (8:15 pm)
Thanks. What I didnt see was the Civic. I got an 07 Civic now. 1.8Coupe. I hate Honda for not releasing the Hatchback in the US. Mileage is way to fantastic. Imagine a 140hp that does 37mpg?..What a wonderful engine...I still think of the Rabbit. Theyre now 13,000+.. I guess for having a 2.5L engine made a poor market since gas hike has been going on..
#89 of 103 2008 Rabbit owners, let's compare mpg's
Dec 12, 2007 (12:58 pm)
I got a 2.5 Automatic Rabbit 08 only 3 weeks ago. I love the car and the tiptronic is super fun. I know I don't have sufficient data to rely on but I think I have a problem, and I wonder if it is common. I am still on my second fuel tank and the first tank gave me only 15.6mpg. Given that the tank holds 14.5 gallons and the car is advertised as 22mpg city, 29mpg highway I fear there is something wrong. I drive both highway and city to work and not deal with much traffic. I was able to get only 220 miles on the first full tank while I should have gotten at least 350 on average.
I am using the second tank and it is burning gas the same speed as before. I took the car to the VW service yesterday and they couldn't detect anything wrong with it. I got the car thinking it would be economical but now I feel a bit fooled.
Anybody with the same problem? Or is this just common among brand new cars?
#90 of 103 Highway mileage
Mar 16, 2008 (8:58 pm)
I have an 07 Rabbit with about 10k miles on it. I also have a ScanGaugeII that is plugged into the OBDC port which gives fairly accurate instantaneous and trip MPG results.
I just did a highway trip and did a significant chunk of it at 80mph, which yielded 25 MPG, and another portion at 60mph, which yielded 34 MPG. The MPG at 60 mph are quite impressive ... who would have thought that speed would make such a big difference in MPG.
#91 of 103 Warm weather = better MPG?
Apr 26, 2008 (12:23 pm)
Well I just put in another $45 worth of gas in the Rabbit...gas in the Chicago suburbs is around $3.74 / gallon and climbing for 87octane. Last summer I was getting consistently around 28 mpg, but then the cold weather came and I had been averaging about 25mph with mixed city/hwy driving. Today, after a week of very nice temperatures, I filled up and low and behold, I was back to 28mpg. Hopefully this will continue.
#92 of 103 what's the deal
May 06, 2008 (9:02 am)
I cannot believe this car gets such horrible gas mileage...I get a consistent 25mpg on my 4cyl Tacoma 4x4 , inflated the tires to their limit an got a best 28mpg on mostly country road driving 45-55mph...Why does this car get such bad mileage...I was considering purchasing one for the wife but not anymore...Guess it's going to be a Yaris for her....
#93 of 103 pretty well...
May 07, 2008 (1:13 am)
... my numbers... meaning that they are in the limits published by the builder...
So, on the HW:
27.5 MpG at 87.5 MpH (almost) constant speed or 8.5 L/ 100 Km at 140 Km/h.
20.5 MpG at 37.5 MpH or 11.5 L/ 100 Km at 60 Km/h
I used 87 octans. Once I used 94, but the consumption was pretty much the same... The city is Montreal, so often the driving is stop & go.
After 27 000 Km ( 17 000 Miles) I can say that:
- the seats are a little bit harder than expected... On a long trip your ass begin to give pains...
- there is a little noise coming from the bord, and it become very anoing in the city, on the bumped roads.
- the variable sound control gives me a boost on the bass when slowing down.