Let’s get straight to the point here. The latest 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.
The 110PS 1.6-litre diesel is even 5PS more powerful than in non-BlueMotion models. Tidy.
The BlueMotion’s engine is a variant of the 1.6-litre TDI diesel. This 110 PS common rail TDI from develops 5PS more power than in non-BlueMotion models, so anyone who accuses you of rampant skinflintery can be left behind in your wake. The four-cylinder 16-valve unit develops its maximum torque of 250Nm in a band from 1,500r 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 BlueMotion will accelerate to 62mph from a standstill in just over 10 seconds and reach a top speed of just over 120mph. Unlike the more expensive models in the Golf line-up, you won’t get the 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.
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.
The Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion has definitely come of age. Whereas before 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, it gets 88.3mpg and emits just 85g/km but it looks and goes much like a normal Golf diesel.
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.