I get 28-29mpg in mixed driving.
If I do a lot of highway it will go up to about 33-34mpg.
I'm in a similiar boat. We're driving a '95 GL (auto) at the moment but i'm looking to step up to a MkIV Jetta GLS with a 5-speed. I thought my options were the 2.0L or TDI as fuel consumption is an issue for me - I want to better my fuel economy (currently getting ~400city/~650 highway) and reduce fuel costs. I figured the 1.8t or VR6 would be a sure fire way to increase my fuel consumption so they never made the list... especially with the 1.8t requiring premium (~$1/L these days). It's not the end of the world, but it does increase the cost of ownership. One of my mechanics also warned me about repair costs on the 1.8t should anything go wrong. So far, i've had absolutely no engine trouble with the 2.0L in my '95 and it's got 230000km's on it. He drove a TDI for a years and his wife is still driving a 2.0L.
That said, i'm pleased to see that the numbers for the 1.8t are respectable and very close to the 2.0L when driven with a lighter foot.
Personally, i've never understood why VW produced the 2.0L with such low output. Many competitors are able to produce 2.0L and 1.8L I4 engines with the same efficiency but 140hp or better. Odd...
So, i'm taking another look at the 1.8t. Maybe I can make it work. The TDI (chiped) as gotten my attention lately tho...
I have a Jetta 1.8t and if I drive it hard I can practically watch the gas gauge drop but if I'm doing all highway I've gotten 38 mpg a couple times.
As far as mixed driving, if I'm careful not to puch it like i tend to do i can average 28-32.
I'm guessing you could probably get slightly higher results with a 2.0 but if you like to drive go with the 1.8t ...you won't regret it
Quote, originally posted by rsfnatik » Personally, i've never understood why VW produced the 2.0L with such low output. Many competitors are able to produce 2.0L and 1.8L I4 engines with the same efficiency but 140hp or better. Odd...
on paper... until you go head to head with a stock 132hp civic and you realize, somehow, the 2.slow will pull on the civic.
I drive a 5speed 2.0... About 75% city and 25% highway. I don't drive nice, and I floor it a lot I get a little over 400 miles every tank, which puts me at an average of a little over 30mpg. The only mods I have are full exhaust, cai, and lots of maintenance