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Ford C-MAX vs. Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen MPG

Chart is based on 162 fuel economy reports for the Ford C-MAX and 230 fuel economy reports for the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen.

Ford C-MAX MPG

Ford C-MAX Ford C-MAX 2015 44.4 MPG Highway Percentage 19 percent Ford C-MAX Ford C-MAX 2014 72.2 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Ford C-MAX Ford C-MAX 2013 63.0 MPG Highway Percentage 21 percent Ford C-MAX Ford C-MAX 2013 43.1 MPG Highway Percentage 46 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2015 4dr Hatch 141-horsepower 2.0L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
flat light light 24 37 21 19 66 44.4  
2014 4dr Hatch 141-horsepower 2.0L I4 Plug-in Hybrid
CVT FWD
flat light none 0 20 30 50 65 72.2  
2013 4dr Hatch 141-horsepower 2.0L I4 Plug-in Hybrid
CVT FWD
flat light light 17 21 42 21 70 63.0  
2013 4dr Hatch 141-horsepower 2.0L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
flat light light 1 18 35 46 63 43.1  

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Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen MPG

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 47.7 MPG Highway Percentage 65 percent Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 36.9 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 23.2 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2011 42.6 MPG Highway Percentage 68 percent Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2011 33.9 MPG Highway Percentage 27 percent Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2011 26.0 MPG Highway Percentage 0 percent Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2011 24.2 MPG Highway Percentage 33 percent Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2010 41.0 MPG Highway Percentage 55 percent Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2010 40.6 MPG Highway Percentage 67 percent Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2010 25.0 MPG Highway Percentage 13 percent Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2009 36.3 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2009 44.4 MPG Highway Percentage 55 percent Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2009 39.6 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2009 25.6 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2009 24.6 MPG Highway Percentage 22 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2012 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
flat med none 0 10 25 65 70 47.7  
2012 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
flat med light 1 6 22 70 74 36.9  
2012 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med none 0 10 80 10 75 23.2  
2011 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
flat med light 5 9 18 68 73 42.6  
2011 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
hills med hvy 35 8 30 27 74 33.9  
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 17 0 83 0 0 26.0  
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
flat light light 0 43 24 33 63 24.2  
2010 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
flat med light 3 13 29 55 68 41.0  
2010 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
flat light none 9 10 14 67 68 40.6  
2010 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
flat med light 6 75 6 13 67 25.0  
2009 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
hills med light 14 10 16 61 78 36.3  
2009 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual AWD
flat light none 9 0 36 55 100 44.4  
2009 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
flat med none 3 17 30 50 63 39.6  
2009 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 3 5 43 50 70 25.6  
2009 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
flat med none 7 20 52 22 68 24.6  

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Ford C-MAX vs. Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen MPG

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TrueDelta Reviews the Real Gas Mileage of the Ford C-MAX

Ford C-MAX Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearComment
2013 The Ford C-MAX's fuel economy is at once the #1 reason most people will buy a C-MAX, but also the model's greatest shortfall. The EPA ratings are an impressive 47 mpg city, 47 highway. In real suburban driving we (and many owners) observed trip computer averages of 33 to 40, with an overall average of 35.8. Go easy on the gas and initiate braking early enough to fully recoup kinetic energy, and low to mid 40s can happen. But 47 is a stretch. There are two ways to look at this. On the one hand, the C-MAX isn't coming close to its EPA ratings. Odds are Ford will have to make an adjustment and credit past buyers for the difference, Hyundai-Kia style. (Which actually might be a reason to buy one before this happens.) On the other hand, even 36 mpg is about 8-12 miles-per-gallon better than similarly functional non-hybrid vehicles, including the related Ford Escape. Efficiency is supported by excellent, highly configurable instrumentation. I personally opted to view a tach (rare in a hybrid), driving style ratings, and average mpg. A "brake coach" lets you know after each stop what percentage of kinetic energy was regenerated. In hybrids, this has a large impact on mpg than how hard you accelerate (more on this below). The C-MAX is also offered as an "Energi" Plug-in Hybrid rated to cruise 21 miles on electricity alone. see full Ford C-MAX review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Ford C-MAX

Ford C-MAX Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Hatch 141-horsepower 2.0L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
With some care, it is not too hard to surpase the revised EPA estimates of 44 city / 39 highway. It particulary shines in city and suburban driving where you can crest 50 mpg on some short trips. In mixed driving, we match the EPA estimate of 40 MPG without payming much attention. While not as great as the Prius, this efficiency was certainly a step up for us and the difference in fuel costs over a year between the C-Max and Prius was not worth the penalty of the shortcomings we found in the Prius (particularly poor handling and uncomfortable seats). see full Ford C-MAX review
Ford C-MAX Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Hatch 141-horsepower 2.0L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
On the down side for fuel economy, cold weather does a number on the MPG as is reported with other hybrid. On short trips (4 miles or less) on a cold start in cold weather with the heater going, expect low 20s for your MPG. This is mitigated over longer trips once the engine has warmed up, but we still get 1-3 MPG under our usual in cold weather for longer trips. see full Ford C-MAX review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
mid 30s in town about 40 so far on trips expect better as the engine breaks in and we take more freeway trips see full Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen review
2012 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Excellent with the TDI - not sure the gas version. see full Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen review
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I was hoping for a bit better than the 8+ litres/100 km we are getting with this Sportwagen. I was hoping it would be closer to the 6 l/100 km advertised on the window sticker. see full Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen review
2011 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
No need to sacrifice mpg to get that power. Have gotten 50 mpg on highway trips of 40 miles. Averaging 39 mpg at fill-ups. Getting 300 miles to half a tank of gas. see full Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen review
2011 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Our Sportwagen, automatic, has 17,000 mostly country/suburban miles. We routinely get 43 mpg and the mileage seems to have improved a bit, maybe 2-3 mpg since new. Top mileage is about 47 mph on the interstate, low is about 37 in combined in-town/suburban winter driving. For a car that is fun to drive and responsive at the stop light, this seems very good to me. Right now, diesel is at a premium compared to gas, but we still are saving money on fuel. Mileage on other brands of small wagons was much lower for the same utility. A friend with a new, 2013 Subaru wagon got 30 mpg on a long trip and was happy, but nothing like the TDI delivers. see full Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen review
2009 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Porsche performance with Prius economy see full Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen review
2009 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
I was getting around 50 mpg on steady state freeway driving. But the performance was far from economy car- Way better! Can imagine what is possible when the car gets broke in. Excellent all around. see full Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen review
2009 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
The TDI is a great contender in the fuel economy range. I do alot of driving and it would have presented great savings to me if I was able to located one when I needed to purchase a car. see full Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen review
2009 4dr Wagon turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
With 32k Miles on the odo, the mileage keeps improving. I think the engine will be fully broken in at about 50k see full Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen review
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Wagon 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The Sportwagen's fuel economy is exactly what you'd expect from a fairly substantial compact wagon and a 2.5 litre gas engine, not the magically impossible gas mileage posted on the window sticker at the dealership! see full Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen review