See the word ‘BlueMotion‘ and you know straight away what this entails. But there’s a slight twist here. This is the first petrol-engined Golf BlueMotion, and fittingly, the most frugal petrol Golf ever, to join the diesel-powered Golf BlueMotion already on sale.

The Volkswagen Golf TSI BlueMotion, to give it its full name, is powered by an EA211 1.0 litre three-cylinder TSI engine that develops 115 PS and 200 Nm of torque (the diesel BlueMotion does 110 PS/250 Nm). VW says the 200 Nm per litre of displacement is the highest specific torque of any large-scale production petrol engine.

Regardless of whether it’s connected to a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG, an impressive 4.3 litres per 100 km and 99 grams of CO2 per km are claimed. Not bad against the oil-burning BlueMotion’s 3.2 litres per 100 km and 85 grams of CO2 per km.

Thanks in part to a 0.28 drag coefficient, the Golf TSI BlueMotion is still capable of 204 km/h. Trendline and Comfortline trims are available, with air-con, seven airbags, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, XDS electronic diff lock, start/stop, regenerative braking, an exclusive colour-coded rear spoiler, 15 mm lower suspension and 15-inch ‘Lyon’ wheels all standard.

Starting from 20,450 euro (RM82,670), this is the most affordable Golf BlueMotion at present. Estate and Sportsvan Golf BlueMotions will also launch – efficiency figures for the Estate are 4.3 (manual) and 4.5 (DSG) litres per 100 km; Sportsvan 4.5 (manual) and 4.6 (DSG) litres per 100 km.