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I've owned a 2011 Golf TDI for the past several months and not getting the fuel economy that I was hoping for. After driving about 8,500 kilometers I'm averaging 6.7L/100km (or 5,300 miles averaging 35.3 MPG). I drive about 40 km a day, with about 40% city and 60% highway. That being said, about half of my highway driving is stop and go so that's probably the reason for my poor mileage. Of course mileage isn't everything. I do like the torque in the TDI, but a colleague owns a CT200H and loves it so I decided to take it for a test drive. I have a loaner for the next 2 days. Any tips on driving it would be appreciated!
 

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I haven't had mine long enough to really know a lot of driving tips for good mileage. I think it helps that I live somewhere very flat, since I'm getting 48mpg without really trying too hard. It helps that a lot of the traffic signals have countdown clocks showing how many seconds to a yellow light. I judge when to get off the gas using those. I've found that once I'm up to speed around 40mph on surface streets, I can still get it to run on electric only for a few blocks. On the freeway, anything over 70mph is going to bring down efficiency greatly. Also, if I'm nearing the end of my trip and I see the battery charged up, I'll drive through my neighborhood on EV mode, likewise for the parking lot at work. To be honest I'm not sure if that really matters.
 

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There are a number of threads and You Tube videos on how to get the best MPG. Since you're only going to have it 2 days I would say "keep it in the blue". Just dive it normally and try to keep the blue dash back light on. If it is off or red you're probably not getting the best MPG.
 

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Just drive the bloody thing and enjoy it as a car for its comfort, handling, performance, ambience and ... economy. If, on balance, it appeals to you as a car that will make your daily drive a more happy one, buy one. If it doesn't - don't. The fuel economy is going to look after itself, so don't worry - be happy.
 

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Just drive the bloody thing and enjoy it as a car for its comfort, handling, performance, ambience and ... economy.
Thanks for that, it helped make my drive more enjoyable today. When I first started driving all I kept thinking of was fuel economy and driving the car to maximize it. The way the displays are set up one can get really carried away with this and it definitely takes away from the driving experience.

Okay now onto some initial feedback:

Love not having to put the key in the ignition and that the doors open with having to use the fob to unlock them. Very convenient.

Very comfortable seats - wasn't sure about the Nuluxe, looks a little cheap compared to real leather, but it's a softer material which made for better comfort (feels more cushioned than the leather seats in my Golf).

Overall the interior is really nice, but I'm a bit dissapointed. I've never been in a Lexus, so maybe my expectations were too high or maybe I didn't realize how nice the Golf interior is. Things I missed from my Golf: sun visors that extend and an adjustable padded leather armrest which I could actually rest my arm on. In the CT200h I have to rest my arm on the cupholder.

Although the stereo sound is better in the CT200H, the stock stereo is very basic looking. Also, the location of the headunit feels odd as you have to look down at it. I know you can control it from the steering wheel, but when you have to access it the location doesn't feel natural as you have to take your eyes off the road.

Storage is limited in the hatch due to the battery, but I knew about this already.

Smooth as butter driving in ecomode/normal in city and stop and go traffic, very quiet when turning on and in normal/ecomode sometimes I feel like the car isn't even on!

Very noisy in sport mode when accelerating speed to 100km/hr and up.

In my short time with the car I'm averaging 5L/100KM as per the car's display info. I can really feel the difference in the stop and go traffic.
 

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The best tip I've practiced, based on suggestions from our earlier Prius, is to accelerate to the desired speed quickly, then back off on the pedal to the minimum pressure required to maintain speed. I'm not saying it's necessary to go in SPORT model to do this as fast as physically possible, but basically the hybrids will produce better mileage results by getting to speed briskly rather than trying to "sneak up" on the desired speed. Once you're up to speed you can back off and start hitting the high mileage numbers.
 

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Join the TDI forum. U will learn a lot. I traded a 2009 Jetta sport wagen for the ct. Too many issues w/ the TDI.
 

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Thanks for that, it helped make my drive more enjoyable today. When I first started driving all I kept thinking of was fuel economy and driving the car to maximize it. The way the displays are set up one can get really carried away with this and it definitely takes away from the driving experience.

Okay now onto some initial feedback:

Love not having to put the key in the ignition and that the doors open with having to use the fob to unlock them. Very convenient.

Very comfortable seats - wasn't sure about the Nuluxe, looks a little cheap compared to real leather, but it's a softer material which made for better comfort (feels more cushioned than the leather seats in my Golf).

Overall the interior is really nice, but I'm a bit dissapointed. I've never been in a Lexus, so maybe my expectations were too high or maybe I didn't realize how nice the Golf interior is. Things I missed from my Golf: sun visors that extend and an adjustable padded leather armrest which I could actually rest my arm on. In the CT200h I have to rest my arm on the cupholder.

Although the stereo sound is better in the CT200H, the stock stereo is very basic looking. Also, the location of the headunit feels odd as you have to look down at it. I know you can control it from the steering wheel, but when you have to access it the location doesn't feel natural as you have to take your eyes off the road.

Storage is limited in the hatch due to the battery, but I knew about this already.

Smooth as butter driving in ecomode/normal in city and stop and go traffic, very quiet when turning on and in normal/ecomode sometimes I feel like the car isn't even on!

Very noisy in sport mode when accelerating speed to 100km/hr and up.

In my short time with the car I'm averaging 5L/100KM as per the car's display info. I can really feel the difference in the stop and go traffic.
If you have been in the other Lexus cars in their lineup then you will be dissapointed by the CT200h interior. It's not really Lexus like.. more Toyota-like. the CT interior isn't bad... but it's not great, esp for a car that can approach $35k to $40k USD sticker fully loaded.
 

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If you have been in the other Lexus cars in their lineup then you will be dissapointed by the CT200h interior. It's not really Lexus like.. more Toyota-like. the CT interior isn't bad... but it's not great, esp for a car that can approach $35k to $40k USD sticker fully loaded.
This is absolutely true but its still better than most "standard" interiors out there. Agreed you should get more for $35k US but I'm constantly thinking how most of my friends cars just don't seem as nice inside as my CT. Only exception is a guy who has a new Jag XF, but thats a $70k car.
 
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