How Far Can You Drive With A Fuel Gauge Reading 0 Km?

Owning a car that tells you exactly how much range it has left can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if you’re prone to delaying refueling for as long as possible.

On a mission to see just how accurate the predicted range of a car is, Australian comedians and radio hosts Hamish and Andy jumped behind the wheel of an Audi SQ5.

The duo commenced their test as soon as the Audi’s range dropped to 0 km and didn’t expect to be on the road for much longer. They were very wrong.

As the minutes ticked by, the punchy SUV continued to soldier on, storming past the 20 km (12 mile) and 50 km (31 mile) marks. Remarkably, the SUV kept on going, eventually coming to a halt some 111.9 km (69.5 miles) after indicating it had a range of 0 km.

Importantly, it’s worth noting that the test was carried out at highway speeds and city driving wouldn’t have allowed for such a generous range. What’s more, running your car’s tank to empty isn’t recommended, as it can damage the fuel pump.


  • Moveon Libtards

    Australia’s are so much cooler than Canadians. More secure with themselves…Maybe because they have a cooler Prime Minister. Who is that idiot PM in Canada anyway?

    • Dennis James

      Why are you on this car site ? Have you finished infecting every other site with your political frustrations ?

    • R’Men

      Yeah, Australians are pretty cool, you’re right. They don’t need to upvote their own comment to feel more secure with themselves…

    • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

      then u dont know aussies…the PM part i agree ..but id rather be with canadians then aussies…aussies when they drunk or when they travel diff countries..holy lord they are annoying af…trust me

      • Mike Stevens

        As an Aussie myself, I totally agree. But, per capita, we’re the best-looking people in the world, and easily the most humble.

    • TheHake

      Racist! lol

  • dumblikeyou2

    Always hated of VW group only shows you increments of 5 on the fuel gauge near empty. Is it very much more expensive to do it by increments of 1 like BMW? Not only that, but BMW recalculates depending on how heavy you are on the throttle and allows you to actually gain range. It’s just piece of mind instead of white knuckling it to the station.

    • xDRAN0x

      Look at Subaru’s horrible fuel gauge.

    • TheHake

      VW does that as well (allow you to gain range depending on how you use the throttle).

  • europeon

    Clickbaity titles might bring more views for the moment, but on the long run you will lose a lot.

    “How Far Can You Drive an SQ5 With a Fuel Gauge Reading 0 Km?” would have been the title of my choice, because… you know… cars are different.

    • TheHake

      SQ4? Now that WOULD be click bait!!! 😀

      • europeon

        SQ5, corrected the typo 🙂

        • TheHake


  • Bash

    In my 2014 Charger SRT, I can drive 43km from the moment it shows 0 on the Fuel Gauge.
    And this is Fact.

    • TheHake

      On a charger, the Fuel Gauge shows 0 after only 100km… 😉

      • Bash

        Ha Ha Ha

        • TheHake


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    • TheHake


  • Subi-Rubicon1

    What I would like to know is if there are damages to the vehicle when you do this? If any?

    • europeon

      Probably the fuel pump will need a replacement, as it uses fuel to cool and lubricate its internals, but most pumps have safety mechanisms nowadays.


    50 miles according to Car Throttle.

  • brn

    I can’t believe this hasn’t been referenced:

    The video is very similar.

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