The green qualities of Volkswagens’ 2013 Golf BlueMotion are irrefutable. Up to 88.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 85 g/km, this new Golf is 15% more fuel efficient than previous generations. Last year’s Golf 1.6-litre TDI limboed under the congestion-charge thanks to 99 g/km.
Thanks to a 50-litre fuel tank and that 88.3 mpg, the new Golf has a range (in theory at least) just shy of 1,000 miles. Consider going from London to Edinburgh and back on a single tank! Putting things another way, consider driving 200 miles a week and only having to refuel once a month! That’s not the only saving, as the Golf BlueMotion is in Band A, road tax will set you back exactly, erm, nothing.
How is this possible? Well, the new Golf Bluemotion is superlight, 63kg less than predecessors when you tot up the running gear and body. There’s also low resistance tyres with higher air pressure and longer gear ratios. The increasingly standard stop/start technology is no less annoying though aerodynamic modifications should put a smile on your face. There’s around a tenth less drag on the front thanks, in part, to a lowered ride height, 1.5cm lower also produces a racier, firmer feel. Adding to the sense of refinement, there’s also a roof spoiler, lateral air guides to the rear, masked front grille, semi-closed air inlet screens, cooling system, underfloor panels, brake cooling channels and a C-pillar spoiler.
Back to the engines, the Golf BlueMotion range’s pride and joy is the 1.6-litre 110 PS common rail TDI from the new EA288 engine series. Four cylinder 16V, it offers maximum torque of 250 from a teeny 1,500 rpm right up to 3,000 rpm.
There’s plenty of other headache inducing technology to mention. The new Bluemotion offer reduced internal friction, a thermal management system with a shortened warm-up. There’s exhaust gas recirculation, a cylinder pressure sensor, two-stage oil pump, switchable electric water pump and water-cooled intercooler right in the intake manifold successfully reducing fuel consumption and emissions. VW has even added an oxidation catalytic converter, diesel particulate filter and a NOx storage catalytic converter. Is this the cleanest machine ever or what?
Now to the slightly grisly bit: the new Golf BlueMotion (standard Golf S trim) start at £20,335 (OTR) for three-door and £20,990 for five. Neither price will prevent UK VW retailers from taking orders of which first deliveries are expected no later than August.