Volkswagen has confirmed the specification for its latest Golf Bluemotion – and the stats make impressive reading.
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Using a 103bhp 1.6-litre TDI turbodiesel engine, the new VW Golf Bluemotion officially returns 74.3mpg on the combined cycle. This works out to just 99g/km CO2 – a figure previously the reserve of fuel-sipping three-cylinder diesel superminis and hybrids like the Toyota Prius, which achieves 89g/km It makes the Golf Bluemotion exempt from annual VED (road tax) under current regulations.
Start/Stop and more
Based on the all-new Mk VI Golf, the Bluemotion achieves these results via the addition of start/stop technology, regenerative braking, longer gear ratios, low rolling-resistance tyres, a gearshift indicator, lowered ‘sports’ suspension, and an aerodynamic ‘sports’ bodykit.
In spite of its eco credentials, the Golf Bluemotion manages 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds and has a top speed of 118mph.
You still get stability control, seven airbags and semi-automatic climate control – standard equipment on all Golfs – but to save weight the spare wheel is replaced by a puncture repair kit. Still, 15in alloys are included as part of the Bluemotion specification.
Old Bluemotion models still on sale
Available to order now from £17,325 in three-door form, the new Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion comes in a single specification, and replaces the existing Bluemotion model as the most economical Golf you can buy. The five-door model costs £585 more.
The previous 68.9mpg, 107g/km CO2 Bluemotion Golf models, which use the same 1.6 TDI engine, will continue to be sold rebadged as Bluemotion Technology cars in S and SE specification.
If the VW’s price is too steep don’t worry. A Seat Leon Ecomotive offering similarly impressive economy and efficiency figures (thanks to the same engine) is on the way.
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