The new Volkswagen Golf Plus – the car that is just a little bigger than the standard Golf – can now be ordered in BlueMotion guise.
It uses the latest 1.6-litre common rail TDI 105 PS engine combined with a number of BlueMotion modifications including Start/Stop and regenerative braking systems to achieve 65.7 mpg while emitting just 114 g/km of CO2.
By comparison, the previous generation Golf Plus BlueMotion with a 1.9-litre TDI engine and 105 PS returned 58.9 mpg while producing 127 g/km; that’s an 11 per cent improvement in economy and a ten per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
The improved efficiency is thanks to a number of BlueMotion modifications including revised gear ratios in third, fourth and fifth, the addition of low rolling resistance tyres, a Start/Stop function and regenerative braking.
The Start/Stop system allows the engine to shut down completely when the car is at a standstill before automatically restarting as soon as the clutch is depressed, ready to engage first gear and move off.
Regenerative braking helps to utilise energy that would otherwise be lost during braking, so that during deceleration and braking the alternator’s voltage is boosted and used for bulk recharging of the car’s battery.
The new Golf Plus BlueMotion’s CO2 emissions figure of 114 g/km allows it to break the 121 g/km threshold, saving fleet drivers up to £1,000 in Benefit in Kind tax over a three year period.
Volkswagen claims that more than half of Golf Plus customers cover less than 8,000 miles a year, and so they would only need to fill up with fuel once every five weeks.
All Golf Plus diesel models have a standard Diesel Particulate Filter.
The new model is available to order now with the first cars arriving in October. Prices start at £17,570 for the Golf Plus BlueMotion S, rising to £18,920 for the SE, just £325 more than the equivalent standard Golf Plus S and SE models.