30 Days Of Audi Allroad: The Gas Mileage Run

June 10, 2013
Our 2013 Audi Allroad arrived with EPA ratings of 20 mpg city, 27 highway, and the way we’ve been driving it, we didn’t seriously think we’d come close to meeting them.

Yet in 462 miles so far—mostly rapid, short suburban and urban errands—we’ve averaged an excellent 23.7 mpg.

Admittedly, that includes the frugally minded miles related to this post; but it also includes social media manager Joel Feder’s time spent taking the Allroad off-road last week.

But it’s still very impressive. As we’ve come to learn—and accept—time and time again, the EPA numbers are by no means in lock-step with the mileage you’ll see in the real world. While they come remarkably close to estimating the real-world mileage of some models, with others we’re left wondering how our mileage can be so far off.

In the city: Spot-on

Essentially, what we’ve seen so far is that in city-style stop-and-go driving, the EPA rating seems spot-on; we’ve observed between 18 and 21 mpg in this kind of driving—basically verifying the 20-mpg city estimate. But on the highway, we’ve actually seen much higher—consistently—than the 27-mpg highway rating.

Individual trip averages (using the trip computer’s handy individual trip function) have ranged from about 18 mpg round-trip for a ten-mile traffic-clogged meander across neighborhoods up to 29 mpg for a 20-mile gentle boulevard-and-freeway errand where we must have ‘made all the lights.’

Although we haven’t taken any long road trips yet, we decided to put the Allroad’s seemingly great highway mileage to the test: How good does it get? Read on to see.

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