MPV updates from Volkswagen and ToyotaNew Golf Plus Bluemotion and Verso diesels
14 August 2009
The VW Golf Plus BlueMotion is now even more fuel-efficient, while the Toyota Verso diesel is now available with an automatic gearbox.
Volkswagen has revamped the BlueMotion version of its Golf Plus MPV - with commendable results.
The new Bluemotion produces 114g/km CO2 and returns a claimed fuel economy figure of 65.7mpg combined. Compared with the 127g/km and 58.9mpg of the old Golf Plus BlueMotion, this represents a 10 and 11% improvement respectively.
That’s a fair jump - achieved in part by the introduction of a new 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine, which has common-rail injection and is far more sophisticated than the old 1.9-litre turbodiesel. Both offer an identical 103bhp, so no performance loss comes with this downsizing.
Start-stop saves even more CO2
However, the new Golf Plus BlueMotion also benefits from the introduction of start-stop and regenerative braking. The start-stop system saves fuel and reduces CO2 by switching off the engine when the car is stationary and automatically restarting it as soon as you need to move off.
Regenerative braking recoups energy that would otherwise be lost whenever the vehicle is slowing. This eases the pressure on the battery and alternator, lowering fuel consumption. A gearshift indicator helps the driver make more economical use of the lengthened gear ratios.
Bluemotion costs £325 more
The new Volkswagen Golf Plus BlueMotion is available in S and SE specifications, both costing £325 more than their regular non-BlueMotion equivalents.
Air conditioning, electronic stability control (ESC) and six airbags are standard on the S, while SE adds Park Assist, cruise control and alloy wheels.
Prices start at £17,570 for the S and £18,920 for the SE. The Golf Plus Bluemotion is on sale now, with first deliveries in October.
Toyota Verso boosted by diesel auto
In other MPV news, Toyota has expanded its Verso line-up with the addition of a new diesel automatic drivetrain option.
The engine is the same 2.2-litre ‘D-CAT’ turbodiesel that was just added to the range, again fitted with a six-speed automatic gearbox. It produces 148bhp while emitting 178g/km CO2 and returning an official 41.5mpg combined.
Available in TR and T Spirit grades, the new Verso diesel auto costs from £20,835.
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