Key Takeaways

  • The fuel tank capacity of the Volkswagen golf ranges from 13 gallons to 14.4 gallons.
  • The gas tank size is pretty common for a mid size sedan
  • The Volkswagen Golf is a fuel efficient vehicle which gets a great range on a full tank.
  • You’ll find good gas mileage with up to 37 mpg highway in some years and 32 mpg highway in other models.
  • The gas tank size does depend on the model year.

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The Volkswagen Golf is a well engineered midsize sedan that can go long distances. What is the fuel tank capacity of the Golf so drivers can plan their trips?

The gas tank capacity for the Volkswagen Golf ranges from 13.2 gallons to 14.5 gallons. Volkswagen sedans tend to have a 13.2 gallon gas tank while hatchback editions with a 5th door have a 14.5 gallon fuel tank capacity.

We’ve done plenty of research and know about concerns regarding gas tank size. We’ll discuss the gas mileage from the Golf as well as how you can improve the fuel efficiency and range of the vehicle.

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Volkswagen Golf Specs and Info

The Volkswagen Golf is a popular compact car that has been in production since 1974. The Golf has become a bit of an enthusiasts vehicle. It is well known for being practical and a bit sporty.. Aside from higher end GTI versions of the Golf the vehicle isn’t known for being especially powerful though the overall fuel efficiency of the Golf has been one claim to fame for Volkswagen.

VW Golf Gas Tank Size

When it comes to the Volkswagen Golf, one of the most important aspects to consider is the gas tank size. This is because the size of the gas tank will determine how far you can travel on a single tank of gas. In this section, we will explore the standard gas tank size of the Volkswagen Golf.

What is the standard gas tank size on the Volkswagen Golf?

The standard gas tank size for the Volkswagen Golf varies depending on the model year. According to Fuel Tank Cap, the gas tank size for the Volkswagen Golf ranges from 13.2 gallons to 14.5 gallons. This means that the Volkswagen Golf can travel anywhere from 300 miles to 350 miles on a single tank of gas  depending on the model year and driving conditions.

It is important to note that the gas tank size will also vary depending on the trim level and model options. For example the 2022 Volkswagen Golf Autobahn GTI 2.0T DSG trim has a 13.2 gallon gas tank. The 2014 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 4D trim has a 14.5 gallon gas tank because the slightly larger vehicle can carry more fuel. This means that the gas tank size may be different depending on the specific Volkswagen Golf that you choose.

What kind of miles per gallon does the Volkswagen Golf get?

Fuel efficiency and fuel tank capacity go hand in hand. You can often calculate the fuel range of a vehicle by multiplying the fuel tank capacity by the mpg rating to determine the range of the vehicle.

The fuel efficiency of the Volkswagen Golf varies depending on the year, make, and model. According to Car and Driver, the fuel economy ranges from 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for the 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI to 35 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway for the 2021 Volkswagen Golf TDI.

What affects fuel efficiency in the Volkswagen Golf?

The fuel efficiency of the Volkswagen Golf is affected by several factors including the weight of the car and the type of engine. An engine that uses a turbo can accelerate more quickly while still getting good gas mileage, especially on the highway. While often thought of as having an impact mpgs, fuel tank capacity has little to do with efficiency and more to do with how often you’ll be stopping to get a full tank while on the road.

Consider how much you’ll actually drive in the city and on the highway before choosing a car. The Volkswagen Golf gets pretty good gas mileage but carefully consider what fuel efficiency you’ll need especially if you are going to have car payment, a full tank on a regular basis, and car insurance.

Driving your Volkswagen Golf for better gas mileage

Improving your driving habits can help you save fuel and improve your Volkswagen Golf's gas mileage. Here are some tips:

  • Drive at a steady speed and avoid sudden acceleration or braking.
  • Avoid idling for long periods of time.
  • Use cruise control on the highway to maintain a constant speed.
  • Avoid carrying unnecessary weight in your car.
  • Avoid using the air conditioning or heater unnecessarily.
  • Maintain your tires and wheels well. Poorly inflated tires impact rotating efficiency.

Though we are offering sincere suggestions, we also understand that the Volkswagen Golf is a fun car to drive. We just suggest that you use the full power of the engine once in a while. You’ll notice a big difference in highway and city fuel mileage in addition to filling up for a full tank less. The fuel tank capacity also means that you’ll be stopping by the gas station less. Still, the Golf isn’t quite powerful enough to make you fill up very frequently because the fuel tank size is fairly decent for a mid sized sedan.

Can I change the fuel tank capacity on my Volkswagen Golf?

Technically, you could add an extra fuel tank or even replace your existing Volkswagen Golf gas tank to get more fuel tank capacity. We just honestly can’t imagine many scenarios in which you would want to increase fuel tank capacity. This is because most people don’t want to sit in the car long enough for a vehicle with a 14 plus gallon fuel tank size to actually burn through the entire tank capacity.

A trucker who wants to carry many gallons of fuel to traverse long roads through remote rural areas might be interested in that. If you happen to drive long distances and just don’t want to be in danger of running out of fuel because of fuel tank capacity then installing a larger tank size or adding a small tank might be a good idea.

The Volkswagen Golf fuel tank capacity is the right size for the vehicle. If it were larger the vehicle would be heavier and just a little bit slower when driving on a full tank. A smaller tank would mean that the driver would have to stop more often.

VW Golf Gas Tank Size, MPG & Range

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