VW launches its greenest-ever Golf

* Most fuel-efficient and cleanest Golf * 74.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km * Costs 17,325; exempt from road tax...

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27 Oct 2009 14:34 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Volkswagen's Golf Bluemotion is its greenest Golf yet it's capable of 74.3mpg on average and it emits just 99g/km of CO2.

Powered by the standard Golf's 106bhp 1.6-litre common-rail diesel engine, the Bluemotion version gets an engine stop-start system, regenerative braking, longer gear ratios and low-friction tyres. There's also a gearshift indicator to help achieve maximum economy.

Green with envy
The Golf Bluemotion's green credentials are enhanced by a sports styling kit to help cut drag and improve aerodynamics, while also giving the car a stylish makeover.

The bodykit adds sports bumpers, sideskirts, a bigger rear roof spoiler and 15-inch alloys. There are also chrome grille louvres and Bluemotion badges at the front and rear.

Weight-saving measures have also been employed to boost efficiency, with the spare tyre replaced by a tyre repair kit.

How much?
The new Golf Bluemotion costs 17,325 with a 585 premium for the five-door model.

The purchase price is 785 more than the standard 106bhp 1.6 TDI Golf S, but Volkswagen says a driver covering 10,000 miles a year will save over 120 a year in fuel savings alone.