Here is my VW Passat: It's a 1.8 Turbo from 1999 with 90.000 kms that I've had for a year. So far I'm very pleased with it, specially with the engine. Official consumption rating in Europe is 29 mpg average (38 highway and 20 in city driving). This pictures were taking near the city I live in Spain. Fuel economy is good for its size and power but still far from what some smaller cars can achieve. My average is around 30 mpg with some peaks at 35 mpg in the summer. The best I've ever managed on a significantly long trip is 40 mpg, although it should be possible to improve it a bit more (I never FAS). The longest gear is short for the amount of torque available and its great aerodynamics (0.59 m2). I'm trying to improve the average on my daily conmute, so far I've got over inflated tyres, use long gears, "drive without brakes" and use the AC mostly on downhills. Sometimes I draft behind trucks (at a long distance though, so it doesn't help a lot) and I keep speeds under the limit. Next thing I plan to do is to use a "mild" P&G around 90-110 km/h, first with the engine in gear and later possibly putting it in neutral (it's a manual).