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Volkswagen Jetta Fuel Economy Data

4dr Sedan 170-hp 2.5L I5 6-sp shiftable automatic FWD

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TrueDelta Reviews the Real Gas Mileage of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearComment
2013 Volkswagen's hybrid approach is nothing like Toyota's, and not much like Honda's, either. There's no CVT transmission. And no Atkinson cycle engine where the intake valves remain open longer (good for efficiency, not good for power). Instead, the transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual much like that offered in VW's non-hybrids. The engine is a small, 1.4-liter four-cylinder--but with a turbocharger. Total output, 170 horsepower, far exceeds the Acura's 115. As in nearly all current hybrids except those from Toyota and Ford, the electric motor is sandwiched between the engine and transmission. Unlike in the Honda, the engine can be declutched from the electric motor, permitting the latter to propel the car all by itself. With no CVT, no Atkinson cycle, and a turbo, VW's recipe doesn't sound like the best one for fuel economy. But the Jetta Hybrid does quite well. Though far more powerful than the ILX Hybrid, the VW's EPA numbers are much better, 42 mpg city, 48 mpg highway vs. 39 and 38, respectively. What's more, with its engine overmatched ILX is likely to fall short of its EPA numbers for all but the most patient drivers. In my driving the Jetta Hybrid's trip computer reported an average of 46 in suburban driving and about 40 driving on a 70-mph highway (less on a hot day going in one direction, more on a cooler day when returning). On rural, 55-mph highways, the trip computer reported averages in the high 40s, verifying the EPA number. I've observed 50-plus mpg in a Toyota Prius. But the much quicker (we'll get to this) Jetta Hybrid has all of the other hybrids beat. The Jetta Hybrid does require premium gas. But so does the ILX Hybrid. What about the Jetta TDI diesel? The EPA estimates much worse fuel economy, 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway. But in a recent test of a Beetle with the same engine I observed trip computer averages close to those of the Jetta Hybrid. Other reviewers have reported similar real-world numbers for both powertrains. see full Volkswagen Jetta review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Averaging around 41mpg in the first week - my daily commute is 96 miles round trip. That mpg paired with the fun-to-drive factor made a VW diesel an easy choice for me over the hybrids I test drove. see full Volkswagen Jetta review
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
With the TDI, I'm easily getting 45+ on the highway. The in-car MPG is a few MPG over actuals. Drove 600 miles in my first tank of gas. Even with a bike rack with three bikes on the back of my car (lots of extra drag), I was getting 40 MPG on a 180-mile highway trip. Fuel economy is better than excellent for a non-hybrid. see full Volkswagen Jetta review
2012 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
I drive 80 miles a day, 70/30 highway/city. I average 39 mpg per tank driving at an average 75 mph on highway. My normal range before I fill up is about 530 miles according to the trip computer, and there is still more than an 8th of tank left. see full Volkswagen Jetta review
2011 4dr Sedan 115-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
While rated at only 32 MPG highway, I drove the Jetta roundtrip from Bakersfield, CA to Las Vegas, NV (300 miles each way, over 3 mountain passes) and the car returned 37 MPG at a cruising speed of 80 MPH. see full Volkswagen Jetta review
 

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Gas Mileage (MPG)

Unlike other fuel economy surveys, TrueDelta's Real-World Gas Mileage Survey includes questions about how and where a car was driven. So you can get an idea of the Volkswagen Jetta's real-world MPG based on how and where you drive a car.

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