Thursday, October 11, 2012

2011 Golf TDI Review - How Far Can You Go?

It’s been a little while since my last post and in general my lack of writing is due to, no news being good news.  The TDI has just continued to go about its business, delivering a solid, fun and fuel efficient driving experience.

On my way home tonight, I caught myself doing something that has become a bit of a habit.  It reminds me of why I purchased the TDI and it always amazes passengers who ask the question, “how many miles do you get out of a full tank?”

The picture above outlines this little habit.  Each time I fuel up, I reset the trip odometer so I know how far I have traveled since the last fill up.  If you refer to the picture, you will see that, at the time of this snapshot, I had traveled 470.4 miles.  Then, take a look at the range.  The TDI computer calculates that I can continue driving for an additional 70 miles before running out of fuel.  Given my experience over the past year, I would say that when the TDI shows a range of zero, there’s usually about another gallon left, which would increase the range by an additional 40 miles.  So back to the picture, if I have driven 470 miles and the car shows a calculated range of 70 miles, plus add in an additional 40 miles for that last gallon, that would mean that my last fill up would deliver approximately 580 miles.  Divide 580 miles by the 14.5 gallon VW gas tank and you get exactly 40 MPG.  Even if you back out the final “safety” gallon and just stick with the 470 driven miles plus the 70 miles in calculated range, you end up with 540 miles on a tank of diesel, or 37.24 MPG.
Maybe I’m easily impressed but for a German engineered car that is a blast to drive, I think it’s pretty impressive.  What are you driving?  How many miles can you go on a tank before you have to stop and fill up?

Think about it.  It’s a great feeling when you do occasionally have to fill up to know that you won’t be back for another 500 miles!


  1. I do the same thing with my trip odometer and track my mileage on

    Funny enough, the day before you posted this I filled up with 630.4 miles on my trip odometer after resetting from the previous fill-up and put 12.11 gallons in. If you extrapolate that to 14.5 gallons your talking around 750 miles to the tank! I have a 2012 two door VW Golf TDI and I absolutely love it. I take it easy on my 40 mile commute to work (80 miles round trip) so that's probably why I squeeze some much out of the tank. What a wonderful automobile, and so fun to drive... Fahrvergn├╝gen is alive and well!

    1. Wow, that is impressive, you're getting over 50 MPG. It doesn't surprise me. I've seen those kinds of numbers on longer stretches of highway. Unfortunately, the bulk of my driving is from red light to red light. It is an amazing vehicle when you consider the fun to drive factor along with the hybrid like fuel economy. Thanks for reading and taking the time to share your story.

    2. i am enjoying your blog. thank you for taking the time to post all of this. its pretty neat. i have been looking into getting a golf tdi 2d man for the last couple or three weeks. it looks like i am going to take the plunge in a couple more. i think it is just amazing that the engine does as well as it does an the car seems to be a hidden gem in the usa car world.

      anyways, thanxs for the blog. it is a great find on a boring sunday.

  2. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to coment. The TDI is a unique vehicle, hopefully you'll find what your looking for. When you do, stop back and let me know what you think once you've spent some time with the car. I enjoy hearing how things are going for other TDI owners.


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