New VW Passat BlueMotion 2Volkswagen's latest fuel-sipping Passat arrives

04 November 2008

VW Passat Bluemotion

Improved Passat Bluemotion 2

Volkswagen has introduced a second-generation Passat BlueMotion – the Passat BlueMotion 2 – updating the engine and adding a ‘stop/start’ facility to further improve .

So, while the original Passat BlueMotion officially returns 55.4mpg combined as a saloon, 55.3mpg as an estate, the new BlueMotion 2 returns 57.6mpg for both versions according to official figures.

CO2 emissions drop from 136g/km saloon, 137g/km estate to 128g/km and 129g/km, respectively.

New 2.0-litre diesel

Replacing the old 104bhp 1.9-litre turbodiesel with a new 108bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel using 'common rail' injection technology has certainly helped to improve fuel efficiency. But around town it’s the stop/start system that should really bring benefits.

Stop/start automatically switches off the engine when the Passat is at a standstill and neutral is selected. Then, as soon as the clutch is depressed to reengage gear the engine is started again, with a stop/start symbol displayed in the instrument cluster in the meantime.

The Passat BlueMotion 2 is the first contemporary Volkswagen to feature such a system, although the company did build a similarly equipped Golf Ecomatic back in 1994. The car joins other models across the VW range.

Aiding its efficiency, the car also features 15mm lower ride height, special aerodynamics, engine mapping, and longer gear ratios. Air conditioning, cruise control, six airbags and electronic stability control all come as standard.

Available to order now, priced £17,700 for the saloon, £18,835 for the estate. That’s a £475 increase over the old version, but that’s a small price for some clever technology.

 

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