I would have to check on the RPMs but it feels properly geared. Typical freeway 75ish is about 2.5k or so. This driving leg i did was including passing through cities that required a bit of stopping here and there. I think 35 mpg or more in a flat no stop scenario would be possible. This is about 5-7 MPG less than my old FWD 5 MT model with its wide ratios and ~350lb weight advantage. Well worth that small penalty for a DSG and AWD.