2013 Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion review
- Most efficient VW Golf ever
- Averages 88.3mpg and emits just 85g/km CO2
- On sale now; priced from £20,335
The 2013 VW Golf Bluemotion is the most efficient Golf to date, with an average fuel economy of 88.3mpg - a substantial jump of 14mpg over the next most economical model in the range, the standard Golf 1.6 TDI. CO2 emissions are also down to 85g/km, which is also a new low for the Volkswagen range as a whole.
The Bluemotion is only available in the one trim level, which is based on the standard S model, and it costs from £20,335 for the three door and £20,990 for the five door.
The Golf Bluemotion is available to order now, with the first deliveries starting in August.
What’s the 2013 Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion like to drive?
The 1.6-litre diesel engine in the Golf Bluemotion has been slightly tweaked so it comes with 4bhp more than the standard 1.6 TDI. This means that the Bluemotion is actually marginally quicker than the normal car, with 0-62mph taking 10.5 seconds and the top speed of 124mph, although the long gearing means that you’ll have to drop down a gear or two if you want a sudden turn of pace.
The Bluemotion hides its eco leanings in other ways as well. While it is not as quiet as the larger diesel engines under hard acceleration, it keeps the volume down while cruising. The engine doesn't struggle or vibrate when the revs drop either – it's happy to sit in sixth gear at 1100rpm before the dash indicates it should change down a cog.
Most of the Golf's efficiency upgrades are hidden or subtle additions, with an exhaust gas recirculation system, a quicker warm-up time and various other tweaks to the engine all contributing.
The 15mm-lower ride height does not have any adverse effect on the ride - the Bluemotion soaks up bumps just as well as the rest of the Golf range.
What’s the 2013 Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion like inside?
The Bluemotion gets the standard S trim equipment of DAB radio, Bluetooth and air-con, plus an upgraded multifunction computer and 15-inch alloy wheels.
Otherwise it is standard Golf fare, which means a driving position that is easy to tailor thanks to the huge amount of adjustment to the seat and steering wheel.
The dashboard is angled towards the driver and is easy to use, thanks to the chunky and well-labelled rotary controls. There are plenty of soft touch, high-quality materials as well. All round visibility is good, despite the large A-pillars, and there is lots of head- and legroom for rear passengers.
The boot is not as big as that in the Skoda Octavia, but it’s still a practical square shape and one of the most spacious in the class.
Should I buy one?
By keeping the Bluemotion based on the S trim, rather than packing it with kit, Volkswagen has kept the eco version of the Golf affordable.
However, despite not adding much equipment, the economy upgrades add £1215 to the cost of a standard Golf S 1.6 TDI, so the standard car may be the better bet for private buyers. For company car buyers, the 85g/km CO2 emissions mean the Bluemotion drops one tax band, while the efficiency changes mean that it should use less fuel, even if the official 88.3mpg figure is not always achievable.
Thankfully, the compromises to get these figures are not intrusive, and the Golf remains a great thing to drive and live with even in its most frugal form. If economy is an absolute priority, this version should be top of your shortlist.
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Engine size 1.6-litre diesel
Price from £20,335
Torque 184lb ft
Top speed 124mph
Fuel economy 88.3mpg
CO2 g/km 85g/km
By Tom Webster
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