First previewed in concept form in Paris last year, the latest Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion was shown to the world in full production guise just recently in Geneva. It has now gone on sale in the UK (from £20,335) and we now have more details of the greenest Golf ever.

The vital numbers – 31 km/L, 85 g/km and a theoretical 1,500 km range – are each equally mind-blowing, especially considering that it offers more that decent performance. At the heart of the eco special is a 110 hp 1.6 litre TDI engine with 250 Nm of torque from just 1,500 rpm up to 3,000 rpm. It even gets five horses more than the standard non-BlueMotion car with the same engine.


It has been put through a 63 kg diet (26 kg less weight in the running gear and 37 kg less in the body) with various little mechanical tweaks to eek out the extra mileage. Other add-ons include trick tyres, longer gear ratios for the six-speed manual ‘box, lower ride height and a long list of aerodynamic modifications (10% less drag than before).

There’s an extra treat for UK customers too, as the new Golf BlueMotion is classified under Band A (based on its CO2 emissions), meaning their annual road tax bill is a big fat zero. Still think hybrid technology is the way of the future?