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Newbie looking at a 18 SportWagen, 1.8L auto, best I can gather is that this car should average about 9.0L per 100km, does that sound right?

Honestly I would have though it got better mileage than that, no?
I own a 17 GSW 4motion 6 speed. 80-90% of my driving is done at highway speed with little traffic and a constant 110 kmh on cruise control, and my average consumption is 7.13L per 100Km, I have seen it as low as 5.6L per 100Km on a longer journey with just one passenger and no additional weight, but that is a rare occurrence. I will say, as soon as city driving increase to where it's more a 60-70% highway and the rest city, my average consumption dropped considerably to around 8 to 9L per 100km, so I would say your experience is on par of what I would expect.
 

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2017 Alltrack with Stage 1+ Unitronics installed, running 93 octane... getting about 27/28 mpg ((or ~11.48 Kilometers per Liter - (if the internet is correct) on ~500 mile)) trips (usually loaded to the gunnels (gunnels are Navy talk 😀 for those who may not know) ..i.e. you could not put more that an additional toothpick in car ;) ... not super good, but good enough for 254HP... that makes climbing all those hills from the Mid-Atlantic to New England a breeze.
 

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I average 28.5 mpg for a '16 VW Golf Sportwagen TSI SEL; most driving is ~15mi for work (30mi round trip). City/Highway % is 50/50. Best Highway is 39.6 mpg. I currently have 62k on the odometer and have owned the car since new. I normally average 32-35 mpg on my long trips (8 hrs/525mi) that I do a couple of times a year. I noticed a slight increase in my MPG since getting my APR 1 85 octane tune . . . believe it or not!
 

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I got 50+ mpg actual hand calculated once driving from Augusta Maine to Bangor Maine on I-95. That section isn't even totally flat. There's a few hills. Traffic was low, so I could maintain a constant 55 mph. The 55.5 mpg is a bit optimistic (7.1%) but that's still 51.56 mpg actual (or 4.56 l / 100 km actual). This from a 1.8 TSI 5MT running 87 octane. This was using the stock 15 inch Lyon wheels and 195 65 15 tires at 38 psi.

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I can't wait for the fuel mileage scams start back up like they did around 2008. We already had magnets around the fuel line, the tornado in the intake, stuff you plug into the lighter to clean the electronics and various liquids you can pour in the engine or gas tank.
 

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Drove home yesterday, total of about 595km - I usually average 6.5l/100km on that trip - just for the heck of it, took off the bike rack and cross bars and left them at home, turned off the A/C, kept all the windows closed, after all that, the difference was only 0.1l/100km.

One thing I've never figured out is that whole Blue Score thing in the infotainment. Best I ever get on the highway is about 84 - but if I let it sit and idle, the score goes up - which makes zero sense to me.
 

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Drove home yesterday, total of about 595km - I usually average 6.5l/100km on that trip - just for the heck of it, took off the bike rack and cross bars and left them at home, turned off the A/C, kept all the windows closed, after all that, the difference was only 0.1l/100km.

One thing I've never figured out is that whole Blue Score thing in the infotainment. Best I ever get on the highway is about 84 - but if I let it sit and idle, the score goes up - which makes zero sense to me.
That Blue Score thing is absolute nonsense. I think it's just there in an attempt just to make people feel good or something. That day that I broke 50 mpg as well as the time I got 518 miles out of a tank (without going past 0), my blue score was in the mid 80s. When I drive a bit more normal (without hypermiling), my mileage drops to 37 mpg combined but my blue score then goes to 99. Go figure?
 

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That Blue Score thing is absolute nonsense. I think it's just there in an attempt just to make people feel good or something. That day that I broke 50 mpg as well as the time I got 518 miles out of a tank (without going past 0), my blue score was in the mid 80s. When I drive a bit more normal (without hypermiling), my mileage drops to 37 mpg combined but my blue score then goes to 99. Go figure?
LOL, it literally got me so annoyed that I actually pulled off the highway, took out the owners manual just to double check if I was reading it right - I thought maybe I misread it the first time and the higher the score, the better - but nope, the lower the score the better. In town with stop and go and idling and constant accelerating, I'll get mid 90s and out on the highway at a constant and moderate speed (100kmh) I'll get mid 80s - go figure is right 😅
 
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I noticed a slight increase in my MPG since getting my APR 1 85 octane tune . . . believe it or not!
Did you mean APR stage 1 87 octane tune? I've played with the idea of getting either the APR 87 or 91 tune before. Most APR 87 reviews have been very positive and include reports of a slightly better fuel economy when driven for economy.
 

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Did you mean APR stage 1 87 octane tune? I've played with the idea of getting either the APR 87 or 91 tune before. Most APR 87 reviews have been very positive and include reports of a slightly better fuel economy when driven for economy.
Yes, sorry . . . I was quickly typing and didn't notice my error, it should read 87 octane. I have two Golfs with the APR Stage 1 87 octane tune and no issues noted.
 

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I got 50+ mpg actual hand calculated once driving from Augusta Maine to Bangor Maine on I-95. That section isn't even totally flat. There's a few hills. Traffic was low, so I could maintain a constant 55 mph. The 55.5 mpg is a bit optimistic (7.1%) but that's still 51.56 mpg actual (or 4.56 l / 100 km actual). This from a 1.8 TSI 5MT running 87 octane. This was using the stock 15 inch Lyon wheels and 195 65 15 tires at 38 psi.

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Not to be mean, but you should be flogged for driving 55 MPH on 95 from Augusta to Bangor, that's just plain unsafe. Why didn't you take 202? That's a least more reasonable vs driving 20-35mph under traffic speeds.
 

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Not to be mean, but you should be flogged for driving 55 MPH on 95 from Augusta to Bangor, that's just plain unsafe. Why didn't you take 202? That's a least more reasonable vs driving 20-35mph under traffic speeds.
It was totally safe. Like I said it was a low traffic situation. It wasn't during the morning or afternoon rush hours. Almost the entire trip was in the (proper) right lane. For the few times that I did pass someone slower I passed on the left then moved back over to the right immediately after passing. You know, like how we're suppose to drive and pass. The near Augusta speed limit is 65 mph (with a 40 or 45 mph minimal it's posted). After Waterville going North, the speed limit goes to 70 mph but it isn't until further north than Bangor, I think right after Old Town that it goes to 75 mph. I was more like 10-15 mph under the speed limit. If I were going "a more reasonable" 35 mph faster I'd be doing 90 mph in a 65 or 70 mph zone. The police with their speed traps near Waterville would love that.

I choose not to take 202 because while that's a scenic route, I wasn't going to get 50+ mpg highway if I'm not on a highway. I've gotten over 40 mpg on that route. So I took advantage of a low traffic situation to see if I could get that 50+ mpg. I've used some hyper milling techniques but only the safe ones. Absolutely no following of other vehicles too closely.

I still don't see how this was unsafe. One of my main points stated was this was a low traffic situation. I concur if there had been more traffic on the road then absolutely but then I wouldn't have attempted such. No worries, that was a one time experiment, I don't drive like that all the time. Admittedly a better section to have tried this might have been I-95 north of Old Town. That portion is almost always empty.
 
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Well, after a lifetime of muscle cars, Vettes, pick ups, SUV's and big American sedans, I finally get to see this...
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...this being my first ever "economy" car. I needed something great on gas, I'm soooooo glad I did my research first and found this Sportwagen, which ticks off way more boxes than any Toyota, Honda or Hyundai ever could.
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I have a 2017 1.8 SportWagen FWD auto and I probably average around 7.5L/100km. 8.5 would be the absolute worst in the winter in bad stop and go traffic. The best I’ve gotten was 5.6L/100km on a 60km (mainly highway) trip. I find it quite easy to get 6.0L/100km in the warmer weather with highway driving
 
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