VW launches efficient new Golf 1.6 TDI Economical 1.6 turbodiesel engined Golfs arrive

11 July 2009

VW Golf 1.6 TDI SE

VW buyers can choose from standard 103bhp or BlueMotion engines with Golf SE trim

Volkswagen has increased the eco credentials of its Golf range with the addition of three models fitted with a new 1.6 TDI engine.

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The 1.6 TDI engine's common rail diesel technology provides precise control over the fuel injection process, improving both refinement and economy.

The engine is offered in three states of tune: an entry-level 88bhp, a regular 103bhp and a 103bhp BlueMotion.

Base 1.6 TDI has low emissions

Starting at the bottom, the 88bhp version is only available in base S trim. It offers 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions of just 118g/km CO2 - impressive for a car of its size.

The 103bhp 1.6 comes in either S or SE trim. It too manages 62.8mpg, with CO2 emissions rising just slightly to 119g/km. This version is also available with a seven-speed, DSG automatic transmission.

Finally, the 103bhp BlueMotion – the label is only applied to Volkswagen’s most efficient cars - offers an outstanding official fuel consumption figure of 68.9mpg combined, while emitting 107g/km.

Golf gets stop-start technology

Changes to achieve these figures include revised gear ratios, regenerative braking and a stop-start system.

The Golf is only the second BlueMotion vehicle to receive the latter, following on from the Passat BlueMotion 2.

The Golf BlueMotion also benefits from special aerodynamic changes, including minor bodywork alterations and a 15mm reduction in ride height.

Based on the SE specification level, it still includes creature comforts such as air conditioning, automatic lights and wipers, seven airbags, and an iPod compatible, eight-speaker stereo.

Watch out for BlueMotion phase two 

Impressive though the BlueMotion’s figures are, it may seem slightly surprising that Volkswagen hasn’t found a way to match the claims of other eco-friendly models. The Volvo C30, S40 and V50 DRIVe models, for example, emit just 104g/km CO2 while returning 72.4mpg.

Don’t fret. A second phase BlueMotion Golf is coming at the end of the year.This is expected to achieve more than 75mpg and emit a remarkably low 99g/km CO2, qualifying it for free road tax.

Prices for the new 1.6 TDI Golfs start at £15,305 for 88bhp, rising to £16,050 for 103bhp and £17,165 for the BlueMotion.

Available to order now, first deliveries are in September.


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