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03.03.2017 - 09:12

TOP 10 Cars for Long-Distance Journeys

Enjoy traveling by car? Then, what matters for you is not only the average fuel consumption of the car, but also the volume of the tank, because the most important thing is how much your vehicle is able to travel without refueling.


In order to find out it, you must count how many kilometers can your car ride using only 1 liter of fuel, and then multiply the resulting value by the capacity of the fuel tank. So, and, what car will go the longest distance without refueling?

10. BMW X3 2.0d

Distance w/o refueling: 1340km

Strangely enough, but even crossover is capable to pass such an impressive distance without refueling, if this crossover is German. The Germans, like no one else, have succeeded in the development of fuel-efficient turbo diesel engines. Therefore, using these power units, even heavy vehicles feature a very modest ‘fuel appetite’. It’s interesting to know that the fuel consumption of BMW X3 in urban cycle is only 0,6l higher than that of any compact car.

Fuel consumption, highway: 5l

Fuel consumption, city: 6.7l

Tank capacity: 67l

Weight: 1715kg

Power: 184hp

Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8.5 sec

Maximum speed: 210km/h


9. BMW 740d xDrive

Distance w/o refueling: 1356km

Even more surprising appearance of our list is a huge 4-wheel drive premium business-class sedan. Just imagine: the car weighing over 2 tons consumes just 5.9 liters of fuel on the highway! Furthermore, it’s impossible to say that this fuel-efficient BMW 740d is slow – the acceleration to 100km/h takes only 6 seconds.

Fuel consumption, highway: 5.9l

Fuel consumption, city: 8.8l

Tank capacity: 80l

Weight: 1950kg

Power: 306hp

Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 6 sec

Maximum speed: 250km/h


8. Audi A4 2.0TDI

Distance w/o refueling: 1409km

The two-liter turbo-diesel engine produced by Volkswagen Group is one of the most saving and efficient engines in the world. This power unit with direct fuel injection system is characterized by low noise and vibration, and high torque (320 Nm from 1750 rev/min). So, it is not surprising that Audi A4 2.0 TDI is able to drive 1409 km on 1 tank of fuel.

Fuel consumption, highway: 4.4l

Fuel consumption, city: 5.7l

Tank capacity: 62l

Weight: 1590kg

Power: 149hp

Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 9.1 sec

Maximum speed: 210km/h


7. Ford Mondeo 1.9 TDCi

Distance w/o refueling: 1489km

1.9 TDCi is another good diesel power unit, which is installed in a huge number of cars of different brands, including Ford Mondeo. With this car, you can travel without worrying about whether there’s enough fuel to get to the next gas station. With active urban using of the car, you will have to visit a gas station not more than once in 2 weeks.

Fuel consumption, highway: 4.7l

Fuel consumption, city: 7.2l

Tank capacity: 70l

Weight: 1573kg

Power: 140hp

Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 10.2 sec

Maximum speed: 205km/h


6. Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDCi

Distance w/o refueling: 1522km

In this test, Volkswagen Passat has outstripped its main rival Ford Mondeo. However, the gap is quite small –thanks to the more effective aerodynamics and electronics, Volkswagen consumes about 0.5 liters less fuel than Ford.

Fuel consumption, highway: 4.6l

Fuel consumption, city: 6.3l

Tank capacity: 70l

Weight: 1591kg

Power: 170hp

Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8.6 sec

Maximum speed: 223km/h


5. Audi A8 3.0 Quattro

Distance w/o refueling: 1552km

And here is the second big business-class sedan presented in our list. Thanks to the 90-liter tank, Audi A8 can pass 196 kilometers more without refueling than BMW 7-series. The car’s onboard computer shows that the average consumption is 6 liters of diesel fuel per 100 km.

Fuel consumption, highway: 5.8l

Fuel consumption, city: 8l

Tank capacity: 90l

Weight: 1915kg

Power: 250hp

Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 6.1 sec

Maximum speed: 250km/h

4. Peugeot 508 2.0 Hdi

Distance w/o refueling: 1552km

Peugeot 508 is supplied with 2.0 HDi engine. HDi power units use Common Rail system. This system is characterized with the direct injection of fuel into the combustion chamber, which reduces fuel consumption by 15% and increases the power by 40%.

Fuel consumption, highway: 4.6l

Fuel consumption, city: 7.6l

Tank capacity: 72l

Weight: 1595kg

Power: 140hp

Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 9.2 sec

Maximum speed: 210km/h

3. BMW 520d

Distance w/o refueling: 1628km

Curiously enough, BMW 5-series can be very cost-effective if it’s equipped with a diesel engine. However, the transmission should be only mechanical. Even though the car is weighty, fuel consumption on highway is only 4.3 liters, and in the city – less than 6 liters/100km.

Fuel consumption, highway: 4.3l

Fuel consumption, city: 5.9l

Tank capacity: 70l

Weight: 1715kg

Power: 184hp

Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8.1 sec

Maximum speed: 227km/h

2. Audi A6 2.0TDi

Distance w/o refueling: 1705km

Although Audi A6 consumes 0.1 liters more fuel than BMW 5-series, but due to the 75-liter fuel tank, it’s able to travel over 1700 kilometers without refueling! This distance seems to be absolutely impossible, but the fact is confirmed by calculations.

Fuel consumption, highway: 4.4l

Fuel consumption, city: 6l

Tank capacity: 75l

Weight: 1660kg

Power: 177hp

Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8.2 sec

Maximum speed: 222km/h


Porsche Panamera 3.0D

Distance w/o refueling: 1786km

Porsche Panamera is probably an unexpected leader of this rating. From this car you can expect fantastic speed, excellent handling and high comfort, but who would have thought that expensive sports hatchback would be so fuel-efficient. With fuel consumption of 5.6 liters and a huge 100-liter tank Porsche Panamera can travel an impressive distance of 1786 kilometers!

Fuel consumption, highway: 5.6l

Fuel consumption, city: 8.1l

Tank capacity: 100l

Weight: 1880kg

Power: 250hp

Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 6.8 sec

Maximum speed: 242km/h


So, these cars are the best in terms of long-distance traveling. If once you need such a car, you can easily rent a car in Lisbon, Rome, Tokyo or any other required destination.

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