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Technical Data
Transmission Automatic
MPG Combined 0.0
CO2 0 g/km
Fuel Type Electric
0 to 62 mph 9.6 sec
Key Features
Air Con
Alloy Wheels
Cruise Control
Immobiliser/Alarm
DAB

In both petrol and diesels guises, the Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion takes parsimony to extremes without inflicting too many sacrifices on the driver. Andy Enright takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Let's get straight to the point here. The Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion offers all the quality you'd expect from a Golf but combines it with 88.3mpg fuel economy and 85g/km emissions in diesel form. And 65.7mpg and 99g/km of CO2 in petrol guise. Tidy.

Background

Time was when buying the eco model in a car range marked you out as a bit, well, weird. Yes, you were prepared to splash out big on a new car, put up with a big hit of initial depreciation and so on, yet you then put up with substandard driving characteristics for the sake of a few miles per gallon. There was always something that smacked of missing the point about such a purchase. Not any longer. You only need to look at Volkswagen's Golf BlueMotion for evidence of that. It's established itself as the default choice for diesel Golf buyers, combining all the good stuff you expect from Volkswagen with almost unfeasible economy and emissions. It sets the new standards that others must look to measure up to.

Driving Experience

The BlueMotion's diesel engine is a variant of the 1.6-litre TDI unit. The four-cylinder 16-valve unit offers the usual 110PS and develops its maximum torque of 250Nm in a band from 1,500 up to 3,000rpm, so there's plenty of urge from fairly low down in the rev band and it's not inordinately peaky. Various measures such as reduced internal friction, a clever thermal management system with a shortened warm-up phase, exhaust gas recirculation, a cylinder pressure sensor, a two-stage oil pump, a switchable electric water pump and a water-cooled intercooler right in the intake manifold result in successfully reducing fuel consumption and emissions. To reduce emissions values further, Volkswagen has fitted an oxidation catalytic converter, a diesel particulate filter and a NOx storage catalytic converter. Blue really is the new green. The TDI BlueMotion model will accelerate to 62mph from a standstill in just over 10 seconds and reach a top speed of just over 120mph. It's also worth mentioning that this car can these days be had in petrol form too with a 1.0 TSI three cylinder unit putting out 115PS and capable of 62mh from rest in 9.7s en route to 127mph. Whichever engine you choose, unlike the more expensive models in the Golf line-up, you won't get slick multi-link rear suspension, BlueMotion buyers having to settle for a more rudimentary torsion beam rear end. It's doubtful many will notice as these cars tend not to be driven at ten-tenths.

Design and Build

The Golf BlueMotion doesn't look like some sort of austerity-spec misermobile. It doesn't feature wheels with cheap plastic trims shod with tyres that would look more at home on a scooter or anything obvious like that. In fact, it looks wholly upmarket, despite being hung around the entry-level S trim. Look carefully and you will see the differences though. Aside from the subtle badging, the frontal area has been reduced by 0.03 m2 and aerodynamic drag (Cd x A) by nearly 10 percent, giving it a Cd value of just 0.27. Compared to other standard Golf models, the aerodynamics of the BlueMotion have also been refined by a roof spoiler, lateral air guide elements on the rear window, a masked front grille, partially closed air inlet screens, an optimised cooling system airflow, special underfloor panels, optimised brake cooling channels and a C-pillar spoiler. Dropping the ride height by 15mm not only helps with aerodynamics but also gives this BlueMotion a sporty, foursquare stance. The driving position is supremely adjustable and unlike many family hatches, you can get properly hunkered down in the car if required. The sheer amount of steering wheel rake and reach means that both shorter and taller drivers will have little difficulty achieving a perfect seating position. The cabin's a little wider than before which helps with elbow room and there's also a bit more rear leg room which is a welcome touch. The boot measures a hefty 380-litres, is well shaped and features a low loading height.

Market and Model

Buyers can choose between three and five-door hatch models, plus an estate and the SV compact MPV model. And there's a choice of either 1.6-litre TDI 110PS diesel power or the 115PS 1.0 TSI petrol powerplant. As for specification, well it's pretty much what you'll find in an entry-level S-trim Golf. That means you get the basics like air conditioning, 15-inch alloy wheels, remote central locking and black cloth upholstery. There are some nice details that you possibly wouldn't expect to find on a model at this proletarian point in the range, such as ESP stability control, Bluetooth, a multifunction computer, an XDS electronic diff lock and electronic tyre pressure monitoring. Prices start at just under £20,000 for the 115PS 1.0-litre TSI petrol model or from around £21,500 for the 1.6-litre TDI 110PS diesel. In the case of the TDI, that means a premium of around £1,200 over a standard 110PS 1.6-litre TDI diesel Golf model without the extra BlueMotion tweaks. And you can easily bump that up still further by selecting options like metallic paint, 16-inch alloys, electric rear windows in the five-door version and leather trim for the multifunction steering wheel.

Cost of Usership

The whole raison d'etre of the BlueMotion models is to ruthlessly pare back the cost of ownership figures and all the variants on offer perform that task with typical German efficiency. A standard Golf 1.6 TDI 'BlueMotion Technology' model returns 74.3mpg on the combined cycle and 99g/km of CO2 - which is pretty good. A fully-fledged BlueMotion TDI version though, takes frugality to a whole new level with a combined fuel economy figure of 88.3mpg and 85g/km, which would be a brilliant showing for a tiny citycar, let alone a well-upholstered family hatchback. Let's think about that figure for a moment. This car has a 50-litre fuel tank which means it can travel 970 miles between refills. It's also worth pondering how far we've come to get to this point.aThe original Golf BlueMotion, revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2007, returned, at that time, a class-leading 62.8mpg with emissions of 119g/km - figures now surpassed by even the range-topping diesel, the 184PS Golf GTD. Go for your Golf BlueMotion with 1.0 TSI petrol power and you can also expect cleanliness and frugality. Both hatch and estate versions manage 65.7mpg on the combined cycle and 99g/km of CO2. So how has Volkswagen done it? Well lightweight design (including 26kg less weight in the running gear and 37kg less in the body) plays its part, along with engine-related modifications and a collection of other measures. These include super low rolling resistance tyres with higher air pressure, longer gear ratios (six-speed manual gearbox), the Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems that are standard in all new Golfs, plus specific aerodynamic modifications.

Summary

The Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion has definitely come of age. Whereas once, it was the car bought by the sort of person who went around putting bricks in their toilet cisterns to penny pinch on water bills, it's now a different animal. It's no longer so self-consciously miserly. Yes, in diesel form, it gets 88.3mpg and emits just 85g/km but it looks and goes much like a normal Golf, that most socially versatile of family hatchbacks. Yes, many will be sold to business buyers but the most refreshing thing about this car is the way it enables your leisure time. You can drive it to the Alps without stopping to refuel. Do 10,000 miles per year in it and you could conceivably visit a filling station just once a month. If you want to offset our horribly inflated fuel prices, the Golf BlueMotion is a very quiet but effective protest vote.

Battery Capacity in kWh
35.8
Battery Charge Type 1 kW
2.3
Battery Charge Type 1 Percentage
0-100
Battery Charge Type 1 Time (Minutes)
1020
Battery Charge Type 2 kW
3.7
Battery Charge Type 2 Percentage
0-100
Battery Charge Type 2 Time (Minutes)
650
Battery Charge Type 3 kW
7.2
Battery Charge Type 3 Percentage
0-100
Battery Charge Type 3 Time (Minutes)
Not Available
Battery Charge Type 4 kW
50
Battery Charge Type 4 Percentage
0-100
Battery Charge Type 4 Time (Minutes)
60
Battery Leased
Not Available
Battery Type
Lithium-ion
Coupler/Connector Type
Type 2
NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km
12.7
NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles
186
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
99630
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
8
CO
Not Available
CO2 (g/km)
0
HC
Not Available
HC+NOx
Not Available
Noise Level dB(A)
Not Available
NOx
Not Available
Particles
Not Available
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Camshaft
Not Available
Catalytic Convertor
Not Available
CC
1
Compression Ratio
Not Available
Cylinder Layout
Not Available
Cylinders
Not Available
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
Not Available
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
Not Available
Engine Code
Not Available
Engine Layout
Not Available
Fuel Delivery
Not Available
Gears
1 SPEED
Number of Valves
Not Available
Transmission
AUTO
EC Combined (mpg)
Not Available
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
Not Available
EC Urban (mpg)
Not Available
Badge Engine CC
0
Badge Power
135
Based On ID
Not Available
Coin Description
Not Available
Coin Series
e-Golf
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
26E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
94
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
89
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
65
NCAP Safety Assist %
71
Safety Concerns?
Not Available
Service Interval Frequency - Months
24
Service Interval Mileage
10000
Special Edition
Not Available
Special Order
Not Available
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
Not Available
Timing Belt Interval Mileage
Not Available
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
0 to 60 mph (secs)
Not Available
0 to 62 mph (secs)
9.6
Engine Power - BHP
135
Engine Power - KW
99
Engine Power - PS
Yes
Engine Power - RPM
Not Available
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
214
Engine Torque - MKG
29.6
Engine Torque - NM
290
Engine Torque - RPM
Not Available
Top Speed
93
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Alloys?
Yes
Space Saver?
Not Available
Tyre Size Front
205/55 R16
Tyre Size Rear
205/55 R16
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style
TILLEVE
Wheel Type
16" ALLOY
Height
1492
Height (including roof rails)
Not Available
Length
4258
Wheelbase
2620
Width
1799
Width (including mirrors)
2027
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
Not Available
Gross Vehicle Weight
2020
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1231
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
341
Max. Loading Weight
480
Max. Roof Load
75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
Not Available
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
Not Available
Minimum Kerbweight
1540
No. of Seats
5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
10.9
Electric front windows
Green tinted heat insulating glass
Heated windscreen
Car net app connect combined functionality of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, USB connection, audio and voice control
Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensors
Car information display
Discover navigation, 8"colour touch screen, 2D/3D European map data, Radio/CD, infotainment system via smartphone or tablet, Car-Net Guide and inform
Multifunction colour display
Multi function display colour screen
8 speakers
Solid paint
Headlight washers
LED Headlights
Front cupholders x 2
Merlin cloth upholstery
Zoom cloth upholstery
Driver + front passenger lumbar support
Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
Lumbar support for driver's and front passengers seat
16" Tilleve alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts

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Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic Manual Automatic Automatic
Fuel Type Electric Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol Diesel
Seats 5 5 5 5 5 5
Doors 5 5 5 5 5 5
CO2 - 167 g/km 131 g/km 129 g/km 121 g/km 104 g/km
MPG - 38.7 48.7 50.4 53.3 70.6
BHP 135 306 136 136 150 116
0 to 62 9.6 sec 4.7 sec 8.7 sec 9.2 sec 8.8 sec 10.4 sec

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