Saturday, January 26, 2013

Golf TDI Review - Time for Some Fun

Most of my quests since purchasing the Golf TDI have focused on fuel economy.  How many miles can I get on one tank of diesel fuel?  Can I make a nearly 600 mile round trip on 1 tank of fuel (read about it here)?  These tests have been fun and I've always come away impressed with the TDI.

There is another side to this car though (read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde).  While fuel economy is a key selling point of this car, fun to drive is in its DNA.  So, on my last tank of diesel I decided to just have some fun.  I shifted into sports mode on quite a few occasions, utilized the gear shift and the paddle shifters to take advantage of manual shifting and definitely left a little bit of my front tires in a few different locations.  I went around corners like I was driving a go cart and I refused to use cruise control.  I also chose not to display my instant MPG stats in the gauge between the speedometer and the tach.  I drove the TDI like I was a teenager.

Do you know what I learned?  This car is fun to drive!  It loves to accelerate, corner and stretch its legs on the open road.  What was the trade off?  I averaged about 3 miles per gallon less than I normally do.  35 MPG instead of 38 MPG.  I find that to be as amazing as getting 600 miles on a full tank.  A fun to drive sports car that you can push and still get 35 MPG.  Good luck finding something else that can match the fun to fuel economy ratio of the Golf TDI. 

I refused to look at this display.  Fun not fuel economy was the goal of this experiment!


  1. It’s good that you’re pushing your Golf TDI to greater limits in what it can really do. Fuel economy can really be a deal breaker when it comes to choosing cars, as it can help you save on gas consumption in these tough times. Just be sure to have your car regularly checked so you can save on fuel and get the best out of your car in every use.

    Jack Chapman

    1. Hi Jack, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. The TDI is a super fuel efficient car but sometimes I forget that it is also a lot of fun to drive. I do believe in staying to the regularly scheduled maintenance as it certainly extends the life of any vehicle.


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