I've heard that some people are concerned with the fuel performance of their 2.0T (Turbo Gas Engine). I've decided, since I track my gas usage very closely, that I'd post here for everyone's benefit. I hope that more people will post, in order to get a view of what the car is doing.
Things to remember:
1) I'm a Canadian, so all my measurements are listed in Litres per 100 Kilometers (L/100KM)
2) Car's advertised average amounts are 10.2 / 6.8 (city / highway)
3) I live in a fairly "flat" area, and have not really ventured into hills yet. Almost all of my driving is currently city, although I do get to drive a short-- 5 minute-- distance on a highway. I hope to change this soon
With that said, here are my results:
1590 KM 2012 KM 44.712 L 10.59 L/100KM 22.2 MPG
2012 KM 2467 KM 47.486 L 10.44 L/100KM 22.5 MPG
2467 KM 2915 KM 47.312 L 10.56 L/100KM 22.3 MPG
2915 KM 3381 KM 48.562 L 10.42 L/100KM 22.6 MPG
3381 KM 3803 KM 43.134 L 10.22 L/100KM 23.0 MPG
3803 KM 4193 KM 45.332 L 11.65 L/100KM 20.2 MPG <--- ooops
average price of fuel to date: $1.09 per Litre (min/max: 0.984 <--> 1.194)
Actual cost in gas: $325.45
My last figure here shows what happens when the "work in period" is over and I want to see what the car can do. That probably won't happen again. Although I am not driving the car like you see some do on Sunday afternoons, I'm certainly not "pedal to the metal" wherever I go.
I'm fairly happy with the performance of the car's engine. It is doing a much better job than my old SUV used to.
Note about fuel OCTANE types:
VWVortex (another forum I frequent) had a lengthy discussion about the octane level that should be used in the vehicle in order to maintain warranty and not damage the engine. I'll summarize it here:
The engine is tuned to perform with a specific octane level fuel, and that "number" is printed clearly on the inside of your gas-fill cover. If it says, "91 Octant" then using 91 octane gas will provide you with the most optimum performance of your engine.
Inside the manual, there is a warning that states that you "must not use octane levels below 87". This means if you find an unleaded gas that is 85 octane, you are going to "most likely" damage your engine. If you use the fuel listed in the manual, you will NOT damage your engine, but can not expect to get the best performance of your car. The engine will adjust itself to use the lower octane and will not harm it. IF, AND ONLY IF, you use the rated octane listed in the manual. (PLEASE CHECK your manual to confirm what the lower limit is before you start filling, my car may be different from yours).
So, in my case, VW of Canada has confirmed that filling with 87-90 octane will NOT damage my car in any way, but they stated that I will not get the performance that the car was designed to give. By performance, they mean acceleration, Fuel Economy, etc. If I use 91 octane, which is what the gas-door-cover suggests for my car, then I will be using what the car's engine was tuned for. If I use 92+ octane, VWoC said there were no test results to clearly state what would happen to the performance, however, it should not damage the car.
So...I've been using 91 octane exclusively for the car. That's what it was tuned for, that's what they recommend... Cost per tank is only about 2 or 3 bucks more, so... no big deal.
EDIT: Added Miles per Gallon