Actual fuel consumption of the JETTA 7: Manual and automatic
As V. Vysotsky used to say about us in his time, saying that those who do not drag from the family, the fuel consumption of one or another of our cars matters, first of all, for our family welfare. Therefore this review is devoted to the fuel consumption of such popular (and family) model, as Volkswagen Jetta and moreover of the 7th generation depending on its transmission.
If the psychological border mark for our garage community is 10 liters consumption of the automobile, all models which spend less than this parameter are considered as our brother with quite acceptable appetite.
And, as they say, without departing from the ATM, or from the fuel dispenser at once we will give the table of fuel consumption of this model (2018 – n. c.), which the manufacturers give for the familiarity of potential buyers, depending on the volume and capacity of engines, as well as manual or automatic transmissions:
Judging by the table, it looks like the manual and automatic go toe-to-toe with the same engines in terms of consumption. As for the Jetta with a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine paired with an automatic transmission, it is not so much inferior to the first two rivals. If we take into account that its power characteristics exceed the power parameters of the first by one third.
As for such an important characteristic of the car, as fuel consumption, it is used by marketing specialists as a basic to promote new models of cars (as we see in the example of the Jetta)
What is the real fuel consumption of Jetta 7?
Speaking about real fuel consumption of the Jetta body MK7, once (about a year ago) a comparative test-drive of different modifications of VW Jetta was caught my eye and remembered. And since this is the case, I had to use a search engine to get this information from the treasury of the Internet.
And it turned out that at the end of August, 2020 a team of not professional testers, as well as auto-bloggers called Sumy Racing Team made fuel test-drive of three Jettas at once, namely:
- An MK7 sedan model that rolled off the assembly line in 2019 with a six-mode manual transmission paired with a 1.6-liter engine costing 14,000 U.S. dollars;
- An identical sedan of the same model and year of production, but equipped with automatic transmission 8 in adaptation with 1.4 liter turbo engine, but already at the cost of 20 thousand green tenge;
- And also Jetta of the 6th generation or in MK6 body, but of 2014 production year with 1.8-liter engine and with automatic transmission6, which price is only 12 thousand in American currency.
As to the methodology of accounting of real fuel consumption, which was applied by comrades from SRT, it looks like this: there was a full filling of the tanks of competing cars with petrol. After which the column of these cars went on the road. If the composition of the cars in the column was unchanged, then their order in the column itself, as well as the composition of the pilots in the cars from time to time changed. After a certain long enough distance covered by the column of cars, the cars were again refueled to full tanks, obtaining as a result the consumption of fuel.
As for the final results of the fuel test drive, they are presented in the following list:
- Jetta MK6 ACP6 – 8.6 liters per one hundredth of the way;
- Jetta MK7 8-speed automatic transmission – 6.9 l/100 km
- Jetta MK7 6-speed manual transmission – 7.1 liters per 100 kilometers.
What did this experiment show? That it is not at all on mechanical transmissions that cars have the least indicators of real expenses, that modern automatic transmissions, which are controlled by clever systems, are capable to be both more effective and more economical in comparison with a manual transmission.
Although if judged strictly, real (cruising) consumption figures that are, shall we say, not quite in line with standard or factory rated consumption may be indicative of some sort of engine malfunction. About the seriousness and the degree of failure can tell the experts – diagnosticians, as well as experienced mechanics from our community garage mutual aid, who do not go to the babka the first thing to say that you should not take seriously the parameters of the nominal costs that manufacturers give.
By what can real fuel consumption be reduced?
A very serious influence on fuel consumption is the road behavior of drivers. Those who are supporters and followers of aggressive driving tend to consume more fuel than drivers with a calm and sensible style of driving.
The next thing that influences the increase of fuel consumption is the age parameters of the car. Clearly, older engines that are more worn out consume more than newer engines. Also, four-wheel drive cars are less fuel efficient than cars that have front-wheel drive.
As for how you can reduce the actual fuel consumption, it can be done by driving the same Jetta 7:
- In urban conditions, using the rolling inertia;
- By reducing the weight of the car, using innovative lightweight materials restyling updates;
- By improving the aerodynamics of the body;
- through engine upgrades;
- as well as through upgrades to the fuel treatment and exhaust systems.
However, the most correct and at the same time very simple and as accessible as possible to all drivers way to reduce fuel consumption, including on such models as the Jetta 7 – is a calm nature of road behavior with the rejection of sudden acceleration and braking.
Volkswagen Jetta fuel consumption
Another super-popular model from the German manufacturer. It began to be assembled in 1979. Surprisingly, it was only the first, second, fifth and sixth generations that carried the Jetta name. The third and fourth were made into separate models.
Volkswagen Jetta is considered a classic representative of the sedan class. In Russia it is under the name Jetta the car began to be sold since the fifth generation (2005), but on the roads you can meet any of the six.
Official data (l/100 km)
|Engine||Consumption (city)||Consumption (highway)||Consumption (combined)|
|1.2 MT gasoline (mechanical)||7.4||4.7||5.1|
|1.4 MT gasoline (mechanical)||7.5||4.8||5.2|
|1.4 AMT gasoline (robot)||7.5||4.8||5.2|
|1.4 AMT hybrid (robot)||4.4||3.9||4.1|
|1.6 MT gasoline (mechanical)||8.2||5.2||6.3|
|1.6 MT diesel (mechanical)||4.3||3.8||4.0|
|1.6 AMT diesel (robot)||4.3||3.8||4.0|
|1.6 AT gasoline (automatic)||8.5||5.3||6.5|
|1.8 MT gasoline (mechanical)||9.4||6.3||7.8|
|1.8 AT gasoline (automatic)||9.4||6.3||7.8|
|1.9 MT diesel (mechanical)||6.6||4.5||5.2|
|1.9 AMT diesel (robot)||7.6||5.0||5.9|
|2.0 MT gasoline (mechanical)||9.1||6.0||7.6|
|2.0 AT gasoline (automatic)||9.3||6.7||8.1|
|2.0 MT diesel (mechanical)||4.5||4.0||4.2|
|2.0 AMT diesel (robot)||4.5||4.0||4.2|
The fifth generation of the Volkswagen Jetta had a huge choice of engines. There were two diesels: 1.9 and 2.0. The first could produce only 105 horsepower, but the second had already 140 or 170 horsepower. There were six speed automatic and manual transmissions. Fuel consumption per 100 km varied from 5.2 to 5.9 liters. The junior in gasoline range was the 1.4 with 122, 140, 160 and 1070 horsepower. It also had both transmissions. Gas consumption of this version was 7.2 liters. Next in line was the 1.6, which had only 102 horsepower. It used the same transmission, and consumed 7.5 liters.
The next was the 2.0 with 150 or 200 horsepower. The additions here were exactly the same, and the fuel consumption was 9.3 liters. This was rounded off with a 2.5 of 150 or 170 horsepower. For the first variant there was a choice of any transmission, and for the second – only an automatic. Fuel consumption was 12.1 liters.
“Never, I hope, I will part with my Jetta. It has plenty of comfort, power, too, and the consumption, though not the lowest, but clearly worth it. In the city I spend about 12 liters, on the highway – no more than 9. In winter these figures grow no more than 2 liters,” writes Alexander from Voronezh.
“There is nothing better than sedans from Volkswagen. I use the Jetta, and my friends have other models, but I drove all of them, and they all left me with only positive impressions. My model is very comfortable to use, accelerates quickly, handles well, and also wastes little gasoline – 10 liters,” wrote Yuri from Moscow.
“This car was given to me by my father. It’s new, straight out of the showroom. I have never driven anything better, although I have seen a lot. Here everything is done at the highest level, there is nothing to complain about. Thought that it will waste a lot of gasoline, as the engine is powerful and quite large volume, but it comes out only 13 liters, which is quite normal, “- said Yaroslav from St. Petersburg.
After the change of generation in 2011, this range has been somewhat transformed. Diesels are presented in 1.6 and 2.0 versions, with capacities of 110 and 150 hp. Transmissions are both used, but the manual now has only five gears and the automatic has seven. The average consumption of the units is about the same – 4.1 liters. The model also got a hybrid, the volume of 1.4, and capacity up to 150 horsepower. It consumes 4 liters of fuel. The petrol version of this motor received power of 125 and 150 horsepower, with a full variety of available gearboxes. Consumption is down to 5.3 liters.
The 1.6 unit has also undergone changes. It can only develop 90 or 110 horsepower, and consumes 6.1 liters of fuel. The new model has got a 1.8 unit with 170 horsepower and 7.9 liters of gasoline. The two-liter version with 115 horsepower and 7.5 liters of gasoline.
“The car is perfectly assembled, there is no noise on the road. I hope it will always be like this, because this is the car that I liked all over and I don’t want to change it. The fuel consumption is one of the most pleasant indicators. I have it only 9 liters. Many I know with less powerful units it is much higher”, – said Alexey from Kazan.
“The car has no drawbacks. Stylish design, roomy interior and trunk, powerful, but at the same time economical engine. And all this for a relatively low cost. Now it is hardly possible to find something similar on the market. My consumption is at the level of 10 liters in the city and 7 on the highway. I drive fast”, said Oleg from Krasnodar.
“I was very stupid to buy 1.2 engine because there is not much difference in consumption, but I can accelerate much faster in other cars. I’m planning to sell this one and save up for a more powerful one, because in all other respects it has no rivals. My consumption rate – 8 liters”, – wrote Denis from Chelyabinsk.