Marketed as being a car using around 3 liter of gasoline per 100 kilometers, Volkswagen’s Golf TDI BlueMotion has proven itself to be the real deal after a 995 miles run on a single tank.
On a trip from Nantes to Copenhagen, the Golf, equipped with a TDI engine, used 2.92 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, which is the equivalent of 80.55 U.S. mpg.
The distance between the two cities – 1,602 kilometres (995 miles) – was completed on a single 50 liter tank of fuel.
“This is a really impressive result,” said Simon Thomas, Head of Marketing of the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand. “The trip shows that the interaction between fuel-saving BlueMotion efficiency technology and a well thought-out proactive driving approach allows economy figures that are hard to match.”
The varied route of the trip went from Nantes in the West of France, the “European Green Capital 2013”, via Paris, Antwerp, Bremen and Hamburg to the Danish capital Copenhagen, situated on the Baltic, “European Green Capital 2014”.
VW said the “Think Blue. Eco Ride.” shows that the standard consumption figure based on the NEDC driving cycle, which is at 3.2 liters per 100 kilometers (88.3 imperial mpg) and 85 grams of CO2 per kilometer, can even be beaten. Drivers from the Volkswagen Driving Experience succeeded in reaching a verified value of 2.92 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers in normal traffic over a driving time of 20 hours and 45 minutes.
The standard 50-litre tank was filled in Nantes, where it was sealed by a DEKRA inspector. At the end of the trip, 46.92 liters of diesel were filled into the same tank under the supervision of the same inspector.
VW considers the Golf TDI BlueMotion as one of the technical highlights of the Golf family. Like all the other European Golf models, it has a standard start-stop system and regenerative braking mode. In addition, VW said the perfected aerodynamics, the low weight of the vehicle, the modified six-speed manual gearbox and the tires, which have been optimized for low rolling resistance, contribute to the high efficiency of the Golf TDI BlueMotion.
“Think Blue” is the internationally-based holistic environmental sustainability strategy of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand. VW said the initiative includes innovative, environmentally compatible products with various powertrain technologies and is intended to encourage people to rethink and join in.
“Through ‘Think Blue’, we show that low consumption driving can be combined with driving pleasure,” said Simon Thomas. “This is why Volkswagen offers fuel saving training in a number of countries, for example ‘Think Blue. Ecotraining’ in cooperation with Naturschutzbund Deutschland in Germany.”