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Golf BlueMotion – Gain More From Less

Golf BlueMotion – Gain More From Less

If you thought that achieving better economy was just a matter of fitting a smaller engine then, sadly, you would be wrong. It certainly helps but, as Volkswagen are showing with their new super-frugal Golf, there is plenty more that can be done to improve mpg and reduce emissions.

The Golf BlueMotion is available to buy now and offers fuel economy of 88.3 miles per gallon on the combined cycle. CO² emissions are reduced to a tax-busting 85g/km. These figures improve on the previous version of this car by a healthy fifteen percent. It is interesting to note that the previous car’s emission figure of 99g/km – excellent in its own right – is now what you could expect if you purchased a standard 1.6L Golf TDI. This is how quickly the technology is moving forward.

These improvements are not achieved by improved engine technology alone. This car is lighter by an overall 63 kilos shaved from the body and running gear. The gear ratios are longer on the six-speed manual ‘box and the Golf benefits online pokies from low rolling resistance tyres using a higher than normal pressure. Like all new Golf’s, the car offers the now expected stop/start technology coupled with a battery regeneration system.

With a subtle touch of body modification the frontal area has been reduced by 0.03m² and aerodynamic drag by ten percent. More refinements include a lowered ride height by 15 mm coupled with a whole host of minor but significant changes. They all add up to a leaner, sleeker car.

Power comes from a 1.6L 110PS common-rail diesel. Once again, a huge number of subtle changes and an amount of new technology make this engine one of the most efficient in its class. With a fifty litre tank the average ten thousand miler should only have to refuel ten times a year.

Cars like the Golf BlueMotion are never going to set the pulses racing like, say, an Italian sports car and they don’t make for a very especially exciting read either but that’s not what all drivers want. This car will sell in huge numbers to buyers who need economic, reliable family transport and there is nothing wrong with that. It helps that it is a good looking car too. At around £21,000 it isn’t the cheapest but the price includes the legendary VW build quality so overall, a bargain.

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