VW adds Bluemotion fuel-sipper to Golf line-up

July 6, 2009 | By | In New Cars

Three super-economical, low-CO2 diesels join the range, including a 'green'-specialVolkswagen has added three fuel-sipping, low emissions models to its Golf model line-up. Key among these will be a Bluemotion, using a 1.6 diesel engine tuned to return 68.9mpg and 107g/gm.

Bluemotion is Volkswagen’s ‘eco’ sub-brand and this latest is the second Golf to wear the badge. And while this latest one improves on the old car’s 119g/km and 62.8mpg, it is some way off the 99g/km and 70-plus miles per gallon that Volkswagen had earlier promised for the car. A new, ‘greener’ Bluemotion model that will achieve those figures is promised for the year end.

A 90bhp version of the 1.6 comes in at the bottom of the range. Available only in entry ‘S’ trim, this returns up to 62.8mpg overall while producing 118g/km. There is also a 105bhp version, that comes in S or SE trim, that has identical economy and emissions figures.

While the Bluemotion version uses the same engine producing 105bhp, its gearbox has ‘taller’ ratios in third, fourth and fifth and it also has a Stop-Start system – where the engine cuts out when the car is stopped and the gears put to neutral.

To complete the picture is also has easy roll tyres, lowered suspension and tweaks to its body shape to make it cut through the air more easily.

The Bluemotion is based on the SE model and so comes with seven airbags, air conditioning and auto-on wipers and lights as standard as well as an eight-speaker stereo.

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