Last post on Oct 16, 2008 at 8:33 AM
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Volkswagen Rabbit, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback
Aug 02, 2008 (10:26 am)
I have the 2008 Rabbit 4-door for only about 600 miles now. Three fill-ups.
First two fill-ups: both 24 mpg, driving extremely conservatively, due to breaking in the new engine, which is completely unnatural for me, coming from a BMW 545i.
Third fill-up: drove more my usual way, but still not all-out: 22.6 mpg.
Conclusion: I would rather sacrifice some mpg and have some fun, so I would expect my future mpg to be mostly in the 21-22 range.
I am resigned to the fact that mpg with the 2008 Rabbit will be disappointing. At least it takes regular fuel.
One review I read somewhere from a guy who owns a 2008 VW GTI stated his mileage noticeably got better at around 5000 miles, so maybe there is some hope for us down the road. We'll see.
#99 of 103 My 2008 VW rabbit and Scangauge 2
Aug 27, 2008 (7:49 pm)
Im driving a 2008 vw rabbit and just got myself a scangauge 2. Im getting really bad milage even with very gentle driving. In the city im averaging around 20L/100km (11.7mpg)... i havent done much highway driving yet, but i have done some mixed driving (city/highway and the best possible average i was getting was 14.7MPG. This car is rated at double that... why am i getting such poor results?
Im not gunning the car, im coasting whenever i can. Im not idling in traffic that much. I try and press the pedal only enough to get the car moving, and no aggresive driving.
Is this a normal result?
#100 of 103 Re: My 2008 VW rabbit and Scangauge 2 [vio1]
Aug 27, 2008 (8:26 pm)
No it's not!!
Don't rely on any gizmos to do your mpg. Do it yourself!! Record the miles or km driven since the last fill-up and the gallons or L used which you can read right off the gas pump. I always do it myself. I use a hand calculator to divide the miles traveled by the gallons pumped. It's the best way to do it.
You have a trip odometer which can be set to zero miles or km. after you fill-up to keep track for you until the next fill-up. Keep setting it back to zero after copying down the distance traveled, after every fill-up.
I just got 29.2 mpg, yesterday, mostly highway. I'm averaging just over 24 mpg with 1400 miles driven. I have my 2008 Rabbit 4 door automatic for 6 weeks now and my mpg findings are right in line with what it should be.
Try doing it by hand calculation. If you still get 11-15 mpg, take it back to the dealer's service dept.
I have a feeling it's the scan-gauge that's defective and not your Rabbit! Most folks are averaging around 23-24 mpg.
#101 of 103 Re: My 2008 VW rabbit and Scangauge 2 [vio1]
Sep 02, 2008 (7:04 am)
I have a 2008 VW Rabbit and also am using a ScanGauge II - but your results are way off.
Pull out your manual for the scangauge and reread the section on setup and fill ups. You will want to fill up, reset the gauge, and then make sure you have it set for the right size engine and tank. Then drive througn your next fill up, use the fill up function without adjustment, drive again. At the next fillup you can adjust using the fillup function.
Once you have that you'll get a much more accurate picture of the mileage. I found that for the most part the scangauge was within 4% of my hand calculated mileage on my last car.
#102 of 103 Re: Volkswagen Rabbit MPG - real world numbers [Sylvia]
Oct 14, 2008 (8:58 pm)
My 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit (Golf) features the 170hp version of the 2.5L Inline 5 engine found in Jettas and Rabbits in North America. It is the 3-door hatch and has the standard 5-speed manual transmission which is a delight to use compared to that in the Mazda3 which I found to be slightly rubbery in comparison.
My car already has over 22,000 miles on the clock (I bought it brand new in January of 2008) since I drive all over the place and my fuel mileage in mixed driving with my heavy foot has averaged around 25/26 miles per gallon.
My best fuel mileage came about on a 63 miles per hour road trip to Indianapolis, Indiana, the drives in the city there, and a 63 mph drive back to Coldwater, Michigan in which my car averaged 30.5 miles per gallon, or roughly 31 mpg!
Could efficiency be better? Of course. But it's not nearly as bad as others have claimed here. Bring on the TDI's!
Oct 16, 2008 (8:33 am)
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