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A VW Passat TDI Drove Over 1,600 Miles On One Tank Of Fuel

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John and Helen Taylor achieve 1,626 miles on a tank of Diesel in a VW Passat TDI

John and Helen Taylor achieve 1,626 miles on a tank of Diesel in a VW Passat TDI

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It's been nearly two weeks since we've taken delivery of our six-month road test 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI, and we are already impressed with its outstanding fuel economy. Seems we aren't the only ones, as a new world record has been set for the farthest distance traveled on a single tank of fuel.

The Taylors aren't your average drivers, as they have made their careers out of driving efficiently. Recently, they drove a stock 2012 VW Passat SE TDI with a six-speed manual transmission from Houston, Texas to Sterling, Virgina. Over the three days the couple traveled 1,626.1 miles on a single tank of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel. Averaging 84.1 mpg, the couple tried to drive in typical driving conditions.

They included 120 pounds of luggage and drove during the day time so they would possibly run into rush hour traffic in the morning and afternoon. They also never drove more than 14 hours in one day.

"We're excited to have broken the record for the longest distance driven on one tank of fuel," said John Taylor. "The Passat TDI was the perfect car for the trip. It offers plenty of interior and cargo space, yet is frugal enough to help us achieve this record."

The Taylors beat the previous record of 1,526.6 miles by 99.5 miles. The previous record was set in Europe in a VW Passat 1.6 BlueMotion diesel.

This record is nothing short of impressive, and couldn't have come at a better time as we prepare to hit the road in our six-month road test 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI in the coming weeks. While we aren't sure if we'll get the same mileage as the Taylors did, we are hoping to beat the 43 mpg EPA rating on the window sticker.

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  1. interesting post.
     
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  2. Must have been a fun trip-NOT. Driving at at snail's pace can improve mileage on any vehicle. Of course, they can push it and get even better mileage.
     
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  3. As far as speed goes, best milage occurs in high gear (6th); I would say about 60/65 MPH on this car; they state that they drove normally; Still very good mileage; would like to see it certified; maybe VW can trck to verify. I drove VW Rabbit (non-Turbo) Diesel in the early 80s from Kentucky it couldn't get above 2nd gear in the mountains; on average it got about 48MPG.
     
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  4. If it was a little more reasonably priced I would buy one almost $30000 for a small car is ridiculous put a little more in the pot get a ram with a Cummings may not get 40 mpg but it will last forever and haul a house
     
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  5. You should check before you say "small car". The Passat is larger than Camry, Fusion, etc. it's interior room surpasses almost anything in the class, if not everything, including Sonata, Kia, et al.
     
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  6. What did they do? Drive at 55 MPH, windows closed, no A/C on? I had a 1985 Mazda 626 diesel & could have probably beat that feet but I had the spare tire well replaced with an extra 18 gallon tank. I could easily drive from LA to Mpls. with one fill up in Cheyenne, Wyo. because that was where diesel was the cheapest, then drive around the Twin Cities for a week before filling up. I also had a 1983 Nissan diesel before I bought the Mazda. It averaged 42+ MPG for the over over 50,000 miles I drove it before buying the Mazda. I keep a log on every gallon of fuel I buy down to 3 decimal points & I added it up out of curiosity to see what my 50,000 mile average was. This included about 2/3ds LA City/freeway driving & using the A/C when warrented
     
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