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Volkswagen Passat MPG

MPG Number of Vehicles
17 miles per gallon 2 vehicles
18 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
19 miles per gallon 3 vehicles
20 miles per gallon 3 vehicles
21 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
22 miles per gallon 2 vehicles
23 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
24 miles per gallon 2 vehicles
25 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
26 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
27 miles per gallon 2 vehicles
28 miles per gallon 1 vehicles
29 miles per gallon 2 vehicles
30 miles per gallon 3 vehicles
31 miles per gallon 2 vehicles
32 miles per gallon 2 vehicles
33 miles per gallon 0 vehicles
34 miles per gallon 2 vehicles
Model Year Body/Powertrain MPG  
2003 2003 4dr Sedan 190-hp 2.8L V6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 19
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With the 288-horsepower 3.6L V6 engine, 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive, the 2003 Volkswagen Passat has been averaging 19 MPG (miles per gallon).

The 2003 Volkswagen Passats in this analysis were driven mostly in heavy traffic (about 48 percent of the miles driven). The rest of the miles were in the city (26 percent), on the highway at an average speed of 65 miles per hour (1.5 percent), and in the suburbs (0 percent).

In addition, the average 2003 Volkswagen Passat in this analysis was driven on flat terrain with a medium foot and the AC on only some of the time.
2003 2003 4dr Sedan 190-hp 2.8L V6 5-sp shiftable automatic FWD 20.2
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2003 2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-sp manual FWD 30.58
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2003 2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-sp shiftable automatic FWD 27
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2003 2003 4dr Sedan 270-hp 4.0L W8 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 21.3
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2003 2003 4dr Wagon 190-hp 2.8L V6 5-sp shiftable automatic AWD 19.92
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2003 2003 4dr Wagon 280-hp 3.6L V6 6-sp automated manual FWD 26
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2003 2003 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-sp manual FWD 26.79
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2003 2003 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-sp shiftable automatic FWD 25
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat

2003 Volkswagen Passat Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The freeway and mixed-driving fuel economy is high for a comfortable 5-passenger car, which compensates for the higher price of diesel fuel. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2004 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Acceptable- given that I haul a 110 pound dog and 2 kids and a surfboard a lot of the time. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2003 4dr Wagon turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Good MPG with the 5 speed manual. The turbo only kicks in when you need it (Well, .5 seconds after you need it - turbo lag) see full Volkswagen Passat review
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I get right around the EPA estimate of 20 mpg around town. However, I frequently see mid to high 30's on the highway, which is way above the EPA rating! see full Volkswagen Passat review
2002 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
16 in town...26 highway at 75 mph 3 adults with the air on see full Volkswagen Passat review
2003 Volkswagen Passat Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
ok MPG, but requires premium. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2004 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I expected 23-24 overall, and 26-28 highway. I get 25 highway and 22 overall, tops. Have to use premium or a mix of plus and premium. Tank is small. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2004 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
For the lack of power and performance I would have expected 15% - 20% more mileage that getting. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2003 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Fuel economy could be slightly better, city driving usually gets about 17 mpg. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2003 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Averaging 21mpg in suburban/highway driving for a long time... not so great. A high-torque engine and heavy chassis requires lots of gallons of premium fuel. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2003 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 4.0L W8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
As an 8 cylinder engine, the overall fuel economy is not as good as the Passat 6 or 4 cylinder versions. Expect, on average, to get 18 mpg city and 22 mpg highway with a mixed of around 19-20mpg. 21 Gallon tank can be quite expensive to fill. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2002 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I don't think 21 mpg is that good! see full Volkswagen Passat review
2002 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
V6 is very thirsty in the city. see full Volkswagen Passat review
 

2003 Volkswagen Passat 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 Passat's real-world MPG based on how and where you drive a car.