June 26, 2017

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF BLUEMOTION

Volkswagen’s seventh generation Golf BlueMotion is the most economical Golf currently available, emitting a seriously low 85g/km of CO2 emissions and a claimed official consumption figure of 88.3mpg.
  Visual differences marking out this eco model are a lower ride height, roof spoiler, masked front grille and C-pillar spoiler. Other modifications include special underfloor panels, optimised brake cooling channels and low rolling resistance tyres. The stop/start system also harvests energy from braking and stores this in the battery for later use. Spec wise this car is based on the Golf S, so does without some of the refinements found on SE and GT trim. Nevertheless, you still get: seven airbags, ABS with ESP, climate control, 5.8-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system incorporating DAB radio, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity. Of course, there are a number of optional extras available – the main ones being: metallic paint, rear parking sensors, cruise control, and a leather bound multi-function steering wheel. Inside is typical Golf. That means the overall fit and finish and quality of cabin materials is very high. Slightly larger exterior dimensions give a more spacious cabin. The boot is now 380 litres with seats up and 1,270 litres with them lowered - although they don’t fold completely flat. Thoughtful touches include a runner to prevent seat belts getting snagged and adjustable boot floor height. On the road the improvement in driving dynamics over the previous generation car is apparent. The reduced kerb weight, new chassis and variable ratio steering, all combine to give a drive that’s enjoyably engaging when you’re in the mood, yet relaxing and comfortable the rest of the time. Overall refinement impresses and the ride, while firm, is composed and pliant. Braking is smooth and progressive, while the steering is direct and precise, making even this economically minded Golf a pleasant car to hustle along a twisty B-road. The extra frugality over the standard 1.6-litre TDI S (on which it’s based) is achieved through a combination of modifications: including an innovative thermal management system that shortens the engine’s warm up phase. Emissions are further reduced by use of an oxidation catalytic converter, a diesel particulate filter and a NOx storage catalytic converter. Yet despite being more efficient, the EA288 engine (used across the Golf range) actually produces more power in BlueMotion guise – 110PS up from 105PS. The four cylinder 16-valve unit develops 250 Nm of torque from 1500 rpm to 3000 rpm. This translates to keen performance, with the BlueMotion always feeling eager and responsive - 0 to 62 mph taking a sprightly 10.5 seconds, with a top speed of 124 mph. The six-speed manual gearbox is slick and accurate to use, but its tall gearing means you do have to swap cogs more around town and at lower speeds. On the plus side, the engine is revving less at motorway speeds, which aids refinement - road noise being the only noticeable intrusion. Verdict: The Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion makes a very strong case for itself – especially if you do a lot of mileage. Yes it’s expensive compared to eco rivals such as the Ford Focus Econetic and Toyota Auris Hybrid – and even £1200 more than the Golf TDI S – but it’s a convincingly economical car, while still offering everything that makes the regular Golf such a great all-round hatchback. Tech spec: Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion 1.6-litre TDI 110 PS 3-door Price: £20,815 Engine: 1598 cc, 4 cylinders, 16 valve Power: 110 PS Max torque: 250 Nm @ 1,500 – 3,000 rpm Max speed: 124 mph 0-62mph: 10.5 seconds Combined economy: 88.3 mpg CO2 emissions: 85 g/km Tax Band: VED band A – £0 a year Insurance group: 15E    
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