Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion revealed
It joins the Volkswagen Golf Estate and Golf GTI on the manufacturer's stand at the Geneva motor show.
Weight savings, engine modifications and styling tweaks all work together to improve fuel consumption and lower emissions. The Golf Bluemotion does an average of 88.3mpg and has CO2 emissions of 85g/km – a 15% reduction compared with those of the previous-generation car.
Styling changes include a slimmer grille, a roof spoiler and a 15mm lower ride height – all of which are designed to improve air flow and reduce drag.
Volkswagen has also fitted super-low-rolling-resistance tyres to reduce friction.
The 1.6-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine produces 109bhp and is connected to a five-speed manual gearbox that has longer gear ratios.
The Golf Bluemotion will be available to order in May with first deliveries to the UK in August. Full specification and pricing will be confirmed nearer the on-sale date. We expect a price of around £20,000.
By Matthew Burrow