A new record for traveling the farthest distance on a single tank of fuel has been recently set in a Volkswagen Passat TDI by an American couple after 1, 626 miles (2, 617 km).

According to the German based car manufacturer, this is actually a new world record for traveling the farthest distance on a single tank of fuel. The impressive 1,626.1 miles or 2,616.9 km have been done in the new Volkswagen Passat TDI in the BlueMotion version and the American couple’s journey started on the 3rd of May, 2012, in Houston, Texas, ending two days later after 9 states in Sterling, Virginia. Over the three days, John and Helen Taylor have driven only in daytime and managed to achieve an average fuel consumption of just 2.8 liters every 100 km (84.1 mpg US / 101 mpg UK).

“We’re excited to have broken the record for the longest distance driven on one-tank of fuel. The Passat TDI was the perfect car for the trip. It offers plenty of interior and cargo space, yet is frugal enough to help us achieve this record”, said John Taylor.

The 2.0 liter TDI Clean Diesel inline four-cylinder engine in the Volkswagen Passat is developing a total output of 140 horsepower and it has a peak torque of 236 lb-ft. The unit is mated to a manual transmission and, according to initial statements from VW, can achieve 43 mpg on the highway.


  1. Its hardly believable: The VW POLO 1.2 TDI weighs half a ton less than the PASSAT 2.0 TDI. Although there was only one driver behind the POLO wheel (compared to two people aboard the PASSAT), 'only' 2.9 L per 100 km was achieved by different economy specialists.
    The Taylors are good but can they cheat physics? May be they can…


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