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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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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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