Volkswagen is now launching the ‘economy’ versions of the new Golf
range, which includes the BlueMotion variant – but also another two
models as well.
All feature a new 1.6-litre common rail TDI engine. All the new Golf models with this engine and five-speed manual gearbox achieve CO2 emissions of under 120 g/km, while the new Golf BlueMotion, the most efficient and technologically advanced version of the model yet produced, is capable of achieving 68.9 mpg on the combined cycle which equates to a theoretical range of over 800 miles, while emitting just 107 g/km of CO2.
The entry-level 90 PS – offered in S trim only – returns 62.8 mpg on the combined cycle while producing 118 g/km of carbon dioxide.
The second has more power at 105 PS and is available in S and SE trim. This has the same combined economy figure of 62.8 mpg with a CO2 output just one gramme higher at 119 g/km. This engine is also available with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
The BlueMotion has the 105 PS engine but is more efficient thanks to a combination of changes to the vehicle’s drivetrain and aerodynamics. The engine’s five-speed gearbox has longer ratios in third, fourth and fifth gears, as well as regenerative braking.
A Stop-Start system is also fitted to the new Golf BlueMotion to improve efficiency further. The system allows the engine to shut down completely when at a standstill before automatically restarting as soon as the driver is ready to move off.
As with all BlueMotion variants, the new Golf features optimised aerodynamics with front-mounted cooling ducts moved to the underside of the vehicle, a ride height lowered by 15 mm and low rolling resistance tyres.
The Golf BlueMotion is based on the SE model and so is fitted with seven airbags, ABS, Electronic Stabilisation Programme, Climatic air conditioning, rain sensors, automatic lights, an iPod compatible CD stereo with eight speakers and cruise control.
All these models can be ordered now for imminent delivery. BlueMotion models are due to arrive in the UK in September. Prices start at £17,165 for the BlueMotion model.
A second phase of Golf BlueMotion models will be introduced at the end of 2009 based on the entry-level S model. These cars are expected to have a CO2 output of 99 g/km and a combined economy figure of over 75 mpg.