Alongside the seventh-generation Golf , Volkswagen has also dropped one of the world’s most fuel-efficient family cars – the new Golf BlueMotion – onto the market. The model is about 15-percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor, but at the same time it also offers the same level of practicality, comfort and safety as a standard Golf.
The new model was previewed by the Golf BlueMotion Concept at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and, as no surprise, the production version is basically identical.
When compared to a standard Golf, the BlueMotion version features a lightweight design and it is more aerodynamic, thanks to a lowered ride. The exterior updates combine with a highly efficient diesel engine to ensure out-of-this-world fuel economy.
The model is now on sale and on the British market and is relatively affordable for such an efficient car.
Click past the jump to read more about the new Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion.
You shouldn’t be too surprised to hear that the BlueMotion is identical to any other Golf, as we know that VW doesn’t like to change too much. In order to make it fuel efficient, however, Volkswagen had to make some change that started with offering a lightweight design that drops the weight by 26 kg (57 pounds) in the running gear and 37 kg (81 pounds) on the body.
The frontal area has also been reduced by total of 0.03 square-meters (0.32 square-feet), which helps decrease the overall aerodynamic drag by 10 percent, getting the Cd value to 0.27.
The BlueMotion variant has also received an improved aerodynamic package that includes a 15 mm (0.59-inch) lower ride height, a roof spoiler, lateral air guide elements on the rear window, a masked front grille, partially closed air inlet screens, optimized cooling system airflow, special under-floor panels, optimized brake cooling channels and a C-pillar spoiler.
The BlueMotion comes in two variants: three-door hatchback and five-door hatchback.Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion
On the interior, the new BlueMotion variant will offer the same practicality and comfort as a standard Golf. The center console is angled more toward the driver, offering easier, more ergonomic and direct access to auxiliary controls.
A three-spoke steering wheel offers control buttons to the car’s main function, while the new generation of touchscreen infotainment systems provides the driver with all the details needed.
The Golf BlueMotion version is powered by a 1.6-liter TDI four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 110 horsepower. Torque checks in at 184 pound-feet from 1,500 rpm up to 3,000 rpm.
The engine is equipped with technologies like reduced internal friction, an innovative thermal-management system with shortened warm-up phase, exhaust gas recirculation, cylinder pressure sensor, two-stage oil pump, switchable electric water pump and water-cooled intercooler.
The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, and like all the other Golf models, it offers Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems.
This all amounts out to an amazing fuel economy rating of 88.3 mpg on the combined cycle. Add that astounding mpg with a 50-liter (13.2-gallon) fuel tank and buyers have a cruising range of up to 970 miles.
On the British market the Golf BlueMotion is priced from £20,335 ($31,500) for the two-door hatchback model and goes up to £20,990 ($32,600) for the five-door model. Volkswagen UK is taking orders now and it expects to deliver models starting in August 2013. Click here to see the full buyer’s guide for the 2013 Golf.
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Pretty much all the models competing with the standard Golf are also offered with a diesel version. The Ford Focus, for example, has a laundry list of engines to choose from starting from a 1.6 TDCi with 95 horsepower that runs £17,395 ($27,020) and capping off with a 2.0 TDCi with 163 horsepower that runs £22,905 ($35,576). these engines allow the Focus to get from 54.3 mpg to 83.1 mpg on the combined cycle.
gallery: Ford Focus
Mazda is also offering a 1.6-liter four cylinder diesel engine in the Mazda3 hatch. This engine delivers a total of 115 horsepower and delivers a fuel economy of 65.7 mpg on the combined cycle, making it the least fuel efficient from all the competition listed. It does, however, come in at the low price of £17,495 ($27,175).
The new Golf BlueMotion seems to be the perfect addition to the seventh-generation Golf lineup. Considering that the model is among the best sold models in Europe and that diesels are the norm over there, the new BlueMotion will instantly become a hit.
Looks as good as a Golf
Practical and comfortable
Just one engine option
Not very powerful
gallery: Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion
The new Volkswagen golf Bluemotion: more driving, less fill-ups
1 May 2013
From today, UK customers can order one of the world’s most fuel-efficient family cars: the new Golf BlueMotion. This car offers fuel economy of 88.3 mpg on the combined cycle, and CO2 emissions of just 85 g/km, yet like its predecessors it still offers customer all the Golf’s traditional attributes of practicality, comfort and safety.
The new Golf BlueMotion’s fuel economy is 15 per cent better than that of the previous-generation model, which emitted 99 g/km (now the emissions of a standard Golf 1.6-litre TDI). The original Golf BlueMotion, revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2007, returned, at that time, a class-leading 62.8 mpg with emissions of 119 g/km – figures now surpassed by even the range-topping diesel, the 184 PS Golf GTD.
With its 50-litre fuel tank and 88.3 mpg fuel consumption, the new Golf BlueMotion has a theoretical range of 970 miles. Assuming an average annual driving distance of under 10,000 miles, most drivers will only have to refuel 10 times a year. Road tax won’t be an issue, either – the Golf BlueMotion is in Band A, meaning it’s zero pounds a year.
The reduction in the car’s combined fuel consumption has been achieved through lightweight design (including 26 kg less weight in the running gear and 37 kg less in the body), 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.
The frontal area of the new Golf was reduced by 0.03 m2 and aerodynamic drag (Cd x A) by nearly 10 percent, giving it a Cd value of 0.27. Compared to other standard Golf models, the aerodynamics of the BlueMotion were also refined by a lowered ride height (by 15 mm), a roof spoiler, lateral air guide elements on the rear window, a masked front grille, partially closed air inlet screens, optimised cooling system airflow, special underfloor panels, optimised brake cooling channels and a C-pillar spoiler.
At the heart of the new Golf BlueMotion is a 1.6-litre 110 PS common rail TDI from the new EA288 engine series (producing 5 PS more power than in non-BlueMotion models). The four-cylinder 16-valve unit develops its maximum torque of250 Nm from just 1,500 rpm up to 3,000 rpm.
Various measures such as reduced internal friction, an innovative thermal management system with shortened warm-up phase, exhaust gas recirculation, cylinder pressure sensor, two-stage oil pump, switchable electric water pump and water-cooled intercooler right in the intake manifold result in successfully reducing fuel consumption and emissions. To reduce emissions values further, Volkswagen has also implemented an oxidation catalytic converter, a diesel particulate filter and a NOx storage catalytic converter.
Prices for the new Golf BlueMotion start at £20,335 (RRP OTR) for the three-door and rise to £20,990 for the five-door, with specification based on that of the standard Golf S – see price list for full details. UK Volkswagen Retailers are taking orders for the new Golf BlueMotion now, with the first deliveries expected in August.