Not COAL(ing): We Don’t Need no Stinkin’ Diesels!

A while back, Paul noted in an article the death of the the light duty diesel. Well, my experience with my 2018 Golf SportWagen is proving his point.

This is the result of the first sort of “highway” trip in the Golf. I went from Nanaimo, British Columbia, to Tofino. This isn’t exactly freeway stuff: most of it is twisty, windy and hilly. Yet the Golf delivered what I consider to be excellent fuel economy.

The last Rabbit diesel I had would do about 5.5L/100km (43 mpg) on the highway, and about 7.0 (34 mpg)  in the city. This car weighed all of 800 kg and had a blistering 48 horsepower.

Fast forward to 2018: my Golf gets 5.9 L/100km (40 US mpg) on mountain roads and 7.4 (32 mpg) in city traffic. This from a car that weighs 1400 kg and has 170 horsepower.

Diesels? We don’t need no stinkin’ diesels. Why would one bother of very similar levels of fuel economy can be met without all the added complexity of a diesel?