Can I keep a low fuel level in a hybrid?

I recently bought a Volkswagen Passat GTE. My local commute is only 10 miles round trip so I'm running almost exclusively on electricity except if I make a long journey. Would the car be more efficient, handle and perform better if I kept the petrol tank near empty - except before a long journey? Or would this cause some other problems?

Asked on 30 July 2020 by Rob Symons

Answered by Dan Powell
It's generally a very bad idea to run any car on low fuel levels. It will force all of the dirt from the bottom of the tank into the engine. This could clog up the fuel pump or fuel filter. I'd recommend keeping the tank a quarter full at all times.
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