61.9 miles per gallon. That’s the number to keep in mind. The upcoming Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion (i.e. the diesel) will get you 61.9 miles to the gallon on the highway. Given that the latest Golf isn’t exactly light (it is a German car after all), and it’s loaded with all sorts of weight increasing safety features like air bags and door beams, that’s a really impressive figure.
Sure, it would be wonderful if carmakers could get off the dime and start rolling out series hybrid Volts and cars like that, let alone full-blown electric vehicles that are practical. But even if they do a NASA moon shot level of commitment, those are going to be a few years off. So for the foreseeable future, cars like the Golf BlueMotion looks to be a buyers best bet, economy-wise.
Rolled out at this year’s Frankfurt Show along with the most powerful Golf ever, the 270HP AWD Golf R, the second-generation Golf BlueMotion is the most fuel efficient Golf of all time. Already on sale in Germany starting at € 21,650, that works out to around $28K or so. But since that also includes German and EU taxes, that’s probably not indicative of what the price in America will be.
The new Golf BlueMotion gets down the bahn via a 1.6-liter TDI diesel engine that features common-rail fuel delivery and produces 105HP. The power is delivered to the tarmac via the front wheels through a long-ratio five-speed manual gearbox. There’s no mention of VW’s slick DSG box being available. Which is a shame, because that would be my preferred drivetrain combination.
The Golf BlueMotion also benefits from aerodynamic changes, plus a new braking energy recovery function, as well as a start-stop system and lightweight alloy wheels mounted with low rolling resistance tires.
Add it all up and the car returns 61.9 mpg and puts out CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km, making the second-generation BlueMotion the most economical Golf of all time.