How blue you do – VW launches more eco-friendly models

DRAWING on the continued success of the Polo BlueMotion, Volkswagen is set to release a raft of BlueMotion models in the UK in time for the new reg.

Models will roll out in Golf, Golf Plus, Golf Estate, Jetta and Passat saloon and Passat Estate ranges, with the first cars arriving in tome for the 08 reg.

In addition, from October 27 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 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.

The models are expected to be hugely popular with buyers and dealers alike.

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