73.5 Mpg For New Golf BlueMotion

Today, Volkswagen presented in Paris the seventh generation of Europe’s most popular car– and calls it the greenest Golf of all time.

The vehicle’s weight has been reduced by up to 100 kilos, and fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 23 percent. An environmental commendation certified by the TÜV technical inspection authority confirms a significant improvement in the eco-balance over the entire life cycle compared with the predecessor model.

The most fuel-efficient engines offered at launch consume 3.8 liters (61.9 mpg) of diesel (1.6 l TDI) or 4.8 liters (49 mpg) of gas (1.4 l TSI) per 100 km.

Fuel-saving technology such as the stop/start system and brake energy recovery now come as standard.

The BlueMotion variant available at a later date will consume only 3.2 liters (73.5 mpg) and emit 85 g/km CO2.

The first generation of the Golf BlueMotion made its debut five years ago at the Geneva Motor Show. At that time, the Golf BlueMotion set new standards for sustainability with a fuel consumption value of 4.5 l/100 km (52.3 mpg). In 2009, Volkswagen showed the second generation Golf BlueMotion, also in Geneva (as a concept car); its fuel consumption had been reduced to 3.8 l/100 km (61.9 mpg).

The third generation presented today reduces this by another 0.6 liters, or 15 percent.

Given its 50-liter (13.2 gallon) fuel tank and 3.2 l/100 km (73.5 mpg) fuel consumption, the new Golf has a theoretical range of 1,562 km (970.5 miles).

Modifications other than weight reductions already mentioned to achieve this result include super low rolling resistance tires with higher air pressure, longer gear ratios (5-speed manual gearbox), the stop/start system and battery regeneration mode that are standard in all new Golf cars and specific aerodynamic modifications.

In the area of aerodynamics, the frontal area of the new Golf was reduced by 0.03 square meters and aerodynamic drag reduced by nearly 10 percent. Compared to other Golf models, the aerodynamics of the BlueMotion were also refined by a lowering the chassis by 15 mm, adding a roof spoiler, lateral air guide elements on the rear window, a radiator grille that is closed to the outside, partially closed air inlet screens, optimized cooling airflow, special under-floor panels, optimized brake cooling channels and a C-pillar spoiler. These measures bring the Golf BlueMotion to a cd value of 0.27.

The BlueMotion is powered by a 1.6-liter turbodiesel direct injection engine based on the newly developed EA288 engine series. The 16-valve, four-cylinder engine develops its maximum torque of 250 Nm (184 pound-feet) at a low 1,500 rpm; this torque is available up to an engine speed of 2,750 rpm.

Various measures and technologies such as reduced internal friction, an innovative thermal management system with shortened warm-up phase, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), cylinder pressure sensor, two-stage oil pump, switching 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.

  • Volume Van

    Why not they bring this vehicle to USA.

    Meanwhile Audi also showed a great concept Plugin vehicle with 2 motors.


    VW should phase out the v5 engines with these fuel efficient v4 engines.

  • Jay Leuthold

    Improvement – but still a way to go.
    This is definitively going in the right direction. Yet, in the European Test cylce a Prius also would make 65 mpG. Given that Diesel produce 15% more CO2 and additionally issue cancerogenous particles and given that a Prius is a larger car I do not think that this is much improvement over state-of-the art.

  • wxman

    Well, in the European test duty cycle (NEDC), the Prius produces 89 g/km, and this article states that the Golf BlueMotion produces 85 g/km. The carcinogenic particles are a non-issue because these diesel vehicles don’t produce any.

    The Prius may be a larger car with respect to inside capacity, but it probably still has lower effective frontal area due to the fact that its coefficient of drag (Cd) is less than the Golf BlueMotion (0.25 vs. 0.27 (according to the press release), respectively).

  • MS

    This version:
    -has 108 horsepower.
    -longer gear ratios on a 5 speed manual transmission.

    I could not find information on performance, but from the Golf with this transmission and a similar hp.

    Speeding from 37 to 62 mph (converted from km/h):
    -Prius 6.3 sec.
    -Golf 18.5 sec.

    From the real tests made by the car magazine in Europe:
    Prius as advertised – 3.9 liters/100km
    Prius real live test – 4.1 (more 0.2 than official numbers)

    Golf as advertised – 4.5 liters/100km
    Golf real live test – 5.7 (more 1.2 than official numbers)

    The Golf has a long history in Europe of making good number for the European Standards, but not in the real world.

    Even so, 3.2 are very good comparing with the diesel competition.

  • Adam

    This golf is really cute. 108 isnt bad, but I want more :)

    Adam from Fleas on dogs