Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion: 1,527 miles per tank of fuel

By Peter Chubb - Oct 5, 2010

I currently drive around in a Ford Mondeo, and the most I can achieve from a full tank of fuel is about 380 miles on average. However, at a push I am sure that I can increase that by 10 percent, but I would have to drive like an OAP. So just imagine how shocked I was when I learned of the 1,527 miles that was achieved from a Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion?

My figures were only that shocking as I do not have a diesel powered car, but still that would only offer up 400-600 miles. AutoBlog reports that a team from the Sunday Times newspaper started their journey from Kent, England and traveled to the South of France and then back again.

Having driven to the South of France on two occasion I can tell you that you do not get caught up in much traffic, so none of this stop and start business like you get in the UK. The VW Passat BlueMotion averaged 45 miles per hour and managed to achieve 90 miles per gallon.

The 1.6-liter TDI Volkswagen has now made it into the Guinness Book of World Records, for achieving the longest distance from a single tank of fuel from a production vehicle. This is certainly one in the eye for all those hybrid vehicles, which is said to be the greener option.

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  • Val

    Just how big is this tank?

  • Kerry

    Understood, by hyper-milers, however you don't see Hybrids (as yet) even coming close or putting up a challenge. Hybrids do well in city stop and go, but fail at long distance highway driving. What's really needed is a TDI hybrid to capture the best of both spectrums. Kudos to VW for the TDI – I think they have something "up their sleeve" that they will announce in the next few years to substantiate their run for largest car producer in the world by 2018.

  • Thomas

    This certainly is impressive but remember that these numbers were achieved in a hyper-miling exercise. Not exactly the way most of us drive.