Drawing on the continued success of the Polo BlueMotion, Volkswagen is set to release a raft of BlueMotion models in the UK, across the Golf, Golf Plus, Golf Estate, Jetta and Passat saloon and Passat Estate ranges, with the first cars arriving in time for the new ‘08’ plate in March.
In addition from 27th October 2008 onwards the Polo BlueMotion and the new Golf BlueMotion, placed in Vehicle Excise Duty bands A and B respectively, will both be exempt from the London Congestion Charge.
BlueMotion represents the most efficient model in each of Volkswagen’s passenger car ranges. In each vehicle a combination of revised aerodynamics, optimised gear ratios, a new turbocharger and hard compound tyres is applied. The effect is a reduction in loading on the engine resulting in a rise in efficiency and lower emissions.
Unlike the Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion, which has a 1.4-litre TDI engine, all the new BlueMotion models are powered by a 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS unit linked to a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) in the exhaust system. In the Golf this means a combined economy figure of 62.8 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 119 g/km, while the Golf BlueMotion’s 55-litre fuel tank allows for a theoretical range in excess of 750 miles.
These increases in efficiency don’t come at the expense of comfort or safety. All Golf BlueMotion models are fitted with Climatic air conditioning as standard as well as a multifunction display advising on the optimum moment to change gear. The comprehensive roster of standard safety equipment includes ABS with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), a total of six airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) and ASR traction control. The Match model adds alloy wheels, sports suspension, cruise control and leather trim for the steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip.
Priced from £15,565 for the BlueMotion S TDI 3dr before rising to £16,745 for the BlueMotion Match TDI 5dr the new models represent strong value for money. All have a five-speed manual gearbox as standard.
|BlueMotion Model||Combined mpg||CO2||‘RRP|
|Golf 1.9-litre S TDI 105 PS 3dr||62.8||119||£15,565|
|Golf 1.9-litre S TDI 105 PS 5dr||62.8||119||£16,065|
|Golf 1.9-litre Match TDI 105 PS 5dr||62.8||119||£16,745|
|Golf Plus 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS||58.9||127||£16,765|
|Golf Estate 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS||61.4||122||£16,320|
|Jetta 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS||61.4||122||£16,260|
|Passat 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS||55.4||136||£17,260|
|Passat Estate 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS||54.3||137||£18,395|