Touareg fuel economy

nicklockard

Torque Dorque
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Aug 15, 2004
Location
Arizona
TDI
2010 Touareg Tdi w/factory Tow PCKG
I'm only getting 18mpg highway and 15.5 when towing. This is a 2010 post-fix Tdi.

What kind of fuel economy are you getting?
 

mech644

Veteran Member
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Feb 7, 2007
Location
Blue Hill, Maine
TDI
'00 Golf, '14 Touareg
My 2014 averaged 31 pre fix, 30 post.
hand calculated, usually fill up when computer says there is approximately 100 miles of range.
I write miles per tank, and total vehicle mileage on the receip, have them all saved over last 110k miles.
 

mannytranny

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Oct 14, 2003
Location
CA
TDI
02 Jetta (sold, such a great car) '16 Touareg
Around 27, more highway than city. It seems to get 27 mpg at 72 mph, move to 82 mph and its closer to 24 mpg. All time high was 30, which oddly enough was up very high in Colorado.

2016.
 

nicklockard

Torque Dorque
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Aug 15, 2004
Location
Arizona
TDI
2010 Touareg Tdi w/factory Tow PCKG
Wow. I've never gotten over 22 mpg, no matter how slow or steady I drive. But everything is bone stock. I do have the Lux package (or whatever the heck it's called) with air suspension. Not sure if that can account for 30% more fuel burn, but..ugh.
 

Tom_B

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Aug 24, 2004
Location
Central Oklahoma
TDI
15 Touareg, 14 A6
Mileage was improved with the 2011 and later T3 models so those are not apples to apples comparisons. We had a CATA 2009 pre-fix. IIRC it would get 20-22 around town, about 24-26 on the highway. Only towed once and mileage did drop off. Don't know about post-fix but your description seems a bit low.
 

TurboABA

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Location
Kitchener, ON
TDI
2010 Jetta 6spd MT, 2014 Touareg Execline
3 year owned average according to Lie-O-Meter says 10.4 L/100km.
This covers all use.... mixed city\highway, towing 25' TT and\or 10'x5' open utility trailer with all types of stuff in it, and all seasons.... ~ 38k km
When I pull the RV, I see between 13-18L/100km depending on conditions.
We took a 4k km trip across Ontario 2 years ago, and the trip average was 8.1L/100km.
All this is on fixed, unchipped or modified in any way, running OEM 20s in summer and 18s in winter.
I've see as low as 7L/100km average on long 7hr drive on full, steady cruise control.
 

oilhammer

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Dec 11, 2001
Location
outside St Louis (where it's safe)
TDI
There are just too many to list....
As Tom stated, comparisons to the 2011+ models is worthless. Different engine, different transmission.

And the "while towing" is somewhat worthless anyway unless someone just happens to be towing the exact same trailer under the exact same circumstances.

I have nothing to add beyond this bit of advice to the OP to ignore anyone that is not also driving a 2009-10 CATA 6sp T'reg. I'd also add that the particular tire/wheel package probably is a variable of some degree, too. I know it matters a lot on the gasser T'regs (they can go from abysmal to "holy crap, does this thing have a hole in the tank?" when people want to "upgrade" to some blingy giant wheels).
 

TurboABA

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Kitchener, ON
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2010 Jetta 6spd MT, 2014 Touareg Execline
Interesting..... let me read the OP's thread title again... oh yeah.... he's not asking about a specific year or engine is he?
Oh well.... I'll stay out of it... no need for more worthless information.
 

nicklockard

Torque Dorque
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Location
Arizona
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2010 Touareg Tdi w/factory Tow PCKG
Interesting..... let me read the OP's thread title again... oh yeah.... he's not asking about a specific year or engine is he?
Oh well.... I'll stay out of it... no need for more worthless information.

Well I'm interested in all T'regs I guess. I knew the later models had 8 speed transmissions, but figured it would only add 2mpg (10%) or so. The wheel/tire package on this is quite ginormous (factory). The only reason I got this T'reg was for the frequent towing needs and that it had a warranty. I'm just shocked at how crappy the fuel economy is.
 

Poor King

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NY
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'91 Jetta, '91 GTI, '04 Touareg
All t'regs? Then clearly I have something to complain about with the 10mpg city on my 3.2L gasser. On highways it can manage a solid 18-20mpg because of the larger 265/75/17 Wrangler tires, however stop and go rating is horrid.

Earlier today I attempted to install new spark plugs and coils to remedy the topic at hand, only to find myself breaking off a few plugs; yes I know I have to push down and then hand crimp before pulling them off but clearly I'm an ape. To make matters worse they send me the wrong NGK's... Hoping to clear 15mpg in the city after buttoning up this mess.

Btw @TurboABA .. were you ATLavia8r on vortex?
 
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oilhammer

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outside St Louis (where it's safe)
TDI
There are just too many to list....
The T'reg is quite heavy, nearly 5k pounds, and they are all full time AWD, which further eats up fuel economy. Far cry from a FWD 3000 pound Jetta. The TDIs are actually stellar in comparison to the gassers, even the early CATA TDIs.
 

Tom_B

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Location
Central Oklahoma
TDI
15 Touareg, 14 A6
As stated, the TDI fuel efficiency was/is quite good for what the vehicle is. When we bought our 2009 Touareg TDI (used), we were also shopping similar vintage Tiguans w/ 4motion. The 4 cyl Tiguan (premium gas) and 6 cyl Touareg TDI had virtually identical EPA numbers, about 18/25 if I recall, and this was the "small" Tiguan. Fuel prices for premium and diesel were about the same back then.

But to the OP, indications are your fuel mileage numbers may be lower than many achieve. But I should qualify that our 21-22 "city" was really not total stop and go urban driving. It's a 5-10 mile rural drive just to get to "town" so we had some open road driving thrown in.
 

Poor King

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'91 Jetta, '91 GTI, '04 Touareg
Lol nothing changed. There were 13 faults and I was able to take care of them all except the one: P0341

New spark plugs, ignition plugs, and clean filters did absolutely nothing for this gasser. This thing is baller and not in a good way. It whips, but nonetheless I passed it on to my father whom rarely drives. Plus, I was unable gain confidence in that obnoxious death wobble at very high speeds.
 

Poor King

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NY
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'91 Jetta, '91 GTI, '04 Touareg
Anyone here work on swapping out the camshaft sensor on a vr6? I know there's two... think I can blind eye the Cam shaft sensor in the back. Maybe it'd best to replace both because that has to be the culprit for such horrible mileage. Any pointers will be much appreciated.

On a longitudinal mount, I believe bank 1 is on the driver's side and bank 2 is passenger side under the rain tray.

 
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