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Rick M.

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#1 posted 791 days ago

A UK Passat wagon gets 62.8 mpg hwy
62.8 Imperial gallons = 52.3 US gallons

The most efficient US Jetta diesel wagon gets 42 mpg hwy
42 US gallons = 50.4 Imperial gallons

Both are similar weight and have 2.0L engines with the same HP rating. So the actual differences are smaller than they sound. I have read the US testing for mpg is much tougher than most places because it includes accel & decel, plus running the air conditioner, etc. The UK cars are probably slightly more efficient but we have tougher emission laws. They are not getting 2X the efficiency nor is there any big govt conspiracy at work.

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