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2011 Volkswagen GTI: 21/31 mpg (manual)
2011 Volkswagen GTI: 24/33 mpg (dual-clutch)
With its high-performance powertrain, the Volkswagen GTI could probably get away with lowest-common-denominator fuel economy. But it doesn't. In fact, it gets better gas mileage than the base engine in the mass-market Golf--a five-cylinder.
The EPA says for the 2011 model year, the manual-transmission GTI earns a rating of 21/31 mpg. Opting for VW's marvelous dual-clutch transmission boosts gas mileage to 24/33 mpg.There's no plan to fit the GTI model with Volkswagen's well-regarded diesels--in fact, a more powerful gas engine is coming in the Golf R for the 2012 model year.
The 2011 VW GTI earns higher fuel-economy ratings than the base Golf--and it just gets better with the dual-clutch transmission.