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Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion

The new Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion emits just 99 g/km CO2, and returns 74.3 mpg, which are incredible figures for a car in this class.

There’s already a Golf which returns 68.9 mpg and emits 107 g/km of CO2, but the new BlueMotion goes even further. However in a potentially confusing move, the 99 g/km Golf will be called the Golf BlueMotion, but the 107 g/km Golf models will be called BlueMotion Technology models.

The new Golf BlueMotion uses as its basis the standard Golf’s 1.6-litre TDI common rail engine with 105 PS. This engine gives the new model a zero to 62 mph time of 11.3 seconds and a top speed of 118 mph.

Standard specification is based on that of the standard Golf S model, but the BlueMotion has a number of additional features which enhance economy and reduce emissions. These include a Start/Stop system, regenerative braking, hill hold, longer gear ratios, low rolling resistance tyres, a multifunction computer showing recommended gear changes for maximum economy, and sports suspension.

In addition the new car is fitted with a sports styling kit to improve aerodynamics and boost efficiency. However it still looks like an ‘eco-special’ thanks to its 15 inch wheels and higher profile tyres.

To reduce weight and therefore aid efficiency further, the BlueMotion comes with a tyre repair kit rather than a spare wheel. It also comes with ABS with ESP, seven airbags, Climatic semi-automatic climate control and an RCD 210 radio / MP3 compatible CD player.

The new Golf BlueMotion costs £17,325, with an extra £585 for the five-door model. This is £785 more than the standard S 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS Golf, however Volkswagen is confident a customer will recoup this money due to the Golf BlueMotion being exempt from annual road tax and having reduced fuel costs. The company claims that a driver covering 10,000 miles per year will save over £120 per year in fuel savings alone.