Golf Estate BlueMotion

The Golf Estate went on sale in the UK in August 2007 and is the third incarnation of Volkswagen’s popular load carrier.  The BlueMotion model was launched in March 2008.

The term BlueMotion denotes the most fuel and CO2 efficient model in each of Volkswagen’s passenger car ranges.  BlueMotion models use existing but modified diesel engines, and feature changes to gearing, aerodynamics and tyres to produce low-cost vehicles that match or beat hybrids currently available in the UK market while being conventional to service and repair.

The latest generation of Golf Estate brings additional versatility and load-carrying ability to the Golf range.  Loadspace is 505 litres with the seats in place, rising to a maximum of 1,550 litres when the rear seats are folded flat into the boot floor.  A wide tailgate and low loading lip boost practicality while a chrome grille section – similar to the ‘face’ of the Eos coupe cabriolet – gives the new car an imposing and stylish appearance.

All models are generously equipped with ‘Climatic’ air conditioning, electric windows and door mirrors, a radio/CD player and remote central locking featuring as standard.  Safety is also key: all models benefit from ABS and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) as well as front, side and curtain airbag systems and whiplash-optimised head restraints for front passengers.

The Golf Estate BlueMotion has a 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS engine with standard Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) twinned with a five-speed manual gearbox optimised for economy.  The engine returns a combined economy of 61.4 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 122 g/km.

The first Golf Estate went on sale in 1993; since then, more than 1.2 million units have been sold worldwide.  From the start of right hand drive sales in 1994, more than 33,500 Golf Estates have found homes with UK buyers.

key facts

  • The Golf Estate BlueMotion combines the virtues of optimised aerodynamics, revised gear ratios and reduced weight first seen on the Polo BlueMotion to improve efficiency and lower emissions
  • Golf Estate BlueMotion has a combined economy figure of 61.4 mpg while emitting 122 g/km of CO2
  • The practical bodyshape of the Golf Estate has been lowered by 15 mm.  This, along with a revised front grille and underbody design result in a reduction in the coefficient of drag which falls from 0.32 to 0.30
  • Like the Golf and Passat models the Golf Estate BlueMotion is equipped with a 105 PS 1.9-litre, four-cylinder TDI engine with a revised engine management system and reduced idle speed.  The modifications increase the engine’s fuel efficiency
  • Revised engine is linked to a five speed gearbox with new, longer ratios for 3rd, 4th and 5th gears designed to decrease engine speed and improve economy
  • The Golf Estate BlueMotion can achieve a maximum range in excess of 740 miles on a single 55 litre tank of fuel
  • Despite the increases in efficiency the levels of equipment on the Golf Estate BlueMotion remain high with a CD/radio, electric windows, six airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), ABS and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) all fitted as standard
  • Just one trim level is available, based on the standard Golf Estate S specification
  • On top of S features, Golf Estate BlueMotion adds low rolling resistance tyres, a multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption and lowered sports suspension
  • Unique trim finishes and badging join the changes to the body and drivetrain
  • BlueMotion will account for nine per cent of Golf Estate sales in 2008: over 400 cars out of a total volume of just under 4,800

BLUEMOTION TECHNOLOGY

BlueMotion is a term used to describe the most fuel and CO2 efficient model in a particular range.  Many of these changes are repeated across Volkswagen’s model ranges thereby ensuring BlueMotion models are affordable as well as efficient. 

All BlueMotion models have diesel engines, already renowned for their efficiency, which use Volkswagen’s ‘Pumpe Düse’ or unit injector technology.  The Polo BlueMotion has a three-cylinder 1.4-litre TDI unit producing 80 PS, the Sharan BlueMotion is fitted with a 4-cyl 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS unit, while all other models use, as their base, the award-winning 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS engine. 

All BlueMotion engines also have as standard an oxidation catalyst and a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) which reduce oxides of nitrogen and carbon particles almost to zero.  A variable geometry turbocharger is also added to provide high levels of torque from just above idling speed.

Elsewhere on the drivetrain, the car’s standard five-speed manual gearbox is modified to lengthen the gearing in 3rd, 4th and 5th gears; this decreases engine speed and also improves economy.

Simple aerodynamic changes have the effect of reducing drag on all BlueMotion models.  These modifications may include changes to the front spoiler below the front bumper, smaller intakes for the engine cooling system, a modified rear spoiler and different exterior mirror design.  Lowered suspension is also employed on some versions.  Further alterations include the use of low rolling resistance tyres. 

The first model offered was the Polo BlueMotion which was launched in the UK in September 2007.  With a combined fuel consumption figure of 74.3 mpg and a rating of just 99 g/km of carbon dioxide, the Polo BlueMotion quickly became recognised by motoring experts and fleet and retail customers as a popular choice for those wanting a conventional, practical, stylish and affordable car with class-leading CO2 performance.

In fact its popularity both in the UK and across Europe meant demand soon outstripped planned supply and production at the Polo factory in Pamplona, Spain, had to be increased threefold.  In the UK an initial allocation of 850 vehicles for 2008 quickly sold out with Volkswagen now predicting annual Polo BlueMotion sales of 2,050.

Early in 2008, Volkswagen began to increase the availability of BlueMotion models across a number of its passenger car ranges.  In total, nine BlueMotion models are now available: Polo, Golf, Golf Plus, Golf Estate, Jetta, Passat, Passat Estate, Touran and Sharan.

It is important to note that while the BlueMotion models have undergone substantial modifications to increase efficiency, they still retain all the features of the standard cars on which they are based so not only are they conventional to service and repair, customers also do not have to compromise on safety, practicality or comfort.

EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS

The Golf Estate BlueMotion has the following items of equipment as standard:

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), including EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control)
  • driver and front passenger front airbags with passenger’s airbag deactivation switch
  • curtain airbag system for front and rear passengers, front seat side impact airbags
  • driver and front passenger’s active head restraints
  • electronic engine immobiliser
  • Isofix child seat preparation (for 2 rear child seats)
  • ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning
  • front and rear electric windows
  • three-point seat belts for all rear passengers
  • speed sensitive power-assisted steering, height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • RCD 210 radio/MP3 compatible CD player with 4 front speakers
  • multifunction computer, including visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption
  • sports suspension
  • 6½J x 16 steel wheels with 205/55/R16 low rolling resistance tyres

INSURANCE GROUP

Thanks to its impressive security and safety features, the Golf Estate BlueMotion has secured a Group 6 insurance rating from the ABI (Association of British Insurers).

WARRANTIES

The Golf Estate BlueMotion has a three year (first and second year manufacturer operated, third year retailer operated) mechanical warranty.  In addition, it comes with a class-leading 12 year anti-perforation guarantee, three year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance for UK and European breakdown cover.  The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.      

TECHNICAL DETAILS AND COMPARISON DATA

  Golf Estate SE
1.9-litre 105 PS 5spd manual
Golf Estate SE
1.9-litre 105 PS 5spd manual
with DPF
Golf Estate BlueMotion
1.9-litre 105 PS 5spd manual
Power,
PS @rpm
105 @ 4000 105 @ 4000 105 @ 4000
Torque,
Nm/lbs ft @rpm
250/184 @ 1900 250/184 @ 1900 250/184 @ 1900
Cubic capacity, cc 1896 1896 1896
Combined economy, mpg 54.3

54.3

(53.3 DSG)

61.4
CO2 emissions, g/km 137

137

(139 DSG)

122
OTR RRP, £ 16,665 17,090 16,355
       
Gear ratios, :1      
1st gear 3.78 3.78 3.78
2nd gear 2.06 2.06 2.06
3rd gear 1.3 1.3 1.25
4th gear 0.9 0.9 0.84
5th gear 0.7 0.7 0.63
Ratio reverse 3.6 3.6 3.60
       
Cd value 0.32 0.32 0.30
Area Cd, m2 2.38 2.38 2.20
Air resistance Cd x Area Cd 0.76 0.76 0.66
       
Unladen weight, kg 1,361 1,361 1,357
Gross vehicle weight, kg 1,990 1,990 1,970

The Golf Estate went on sale in the UK in August 2007 and is the third incarnation of Volkswagen’s popular load carrier.  The BlueMotion model was launched in March 2008.

The term BlueMotion denotes the most fuel and CO2 efficient model in each of Volkswagen’s passenger car ranges.  BlueMotion models use existing but modified diesel engines, and feature changes to gearing, aerodynamics and tyres to produce low-cost vehicles that match or beat hybrids currently available in the UK market while being conventional to service and repair.

The latest generation of Golf Estate brings additional versatility and load-carrying ability to the Golf range.  Loadspace is 505 litres with the seats in place, rising to a maximum of 1,550 litres when the rear seats are folded flat into the boot floor.  A wide tailgate and low loading lip boost practicality while a chrome grille section – similar to the ‘face’ of the Eos coupe cabriolet – gives the new car an imposing and stylish appearance.

All models are generously equipped with ‘Climatic’ air conditioning, electric windows and door mirrors, a radio/CD player and remote central locking featuring as standard.  Safety is also key: all models benefit from ABS and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) as well as front, side and curtain airbag systems and whiplash-optimised head restraints for front passengers.

The Golf Estate BlueMotion has a 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS engine with standard Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) twinned with a five-speed manual gearbox optimised for economy.  The engine returns a combined economy of 61.4 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 122 g/km.

The first Golf Estate went on sale in 1993; since then, more than 1.2 million units have been sold worldwide.  From the start of right hand drive sales in 1994, more than 33,500 Golf Estates have found homes with UK buyers.

key facts

  • The Golf Estate BlueMotion combines the virtues of optimised aerodynamics, revised gear ratios and reduced weight first seen on the Polo BlueMotion to improve efficiency and lower emissions
  • Golf Estate BlueMotion has a combined economy figure of 61.4 mpg while emitting 122 g/km of CO2
  • The practical bodyshape of the Golf Estate has been lowered by 15 mm.  This, along with a revised front grille and underbody design result in a reduction in the coefficient of drag which falls from 0.32 to 0.30
  • Like the Golf and Passat models the Golf Estate BlueMotion is equipped with a 105 PS 1.9-litre, four-cylinder TDI engine with a revised engine management system and reduced idle speed.  The modifications increase the engine’s fuel efficiency
  • Revised engine is linked to a five speed gearbox with new, longer ratios for 3rd, 4th and 5th gears designed to decrease engine speed and improve economy
  • The Golf Estate BlueMotion can achieve a maximum range in excess of 740 miles on a single 55 litre tank of fuel
  • Despite the increases in efficiency the levels of equipment on the Golf Estate BlueMotion remain high with a CD/radio, electric windows, six airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), ABS and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) all fitted as standard
  • Just one trim level is available, based on the standard Golf Estate S specification
  • On top of S features, Golf Estate BlueMotion adds low rolling resistance tyres, a multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption and lowered sports suspension
  • Unique trim finishes and badging join the changes to the body and drivetrain
  • BlueMotion will account for nine per cent of Golf Estate sales in 2008: over 400 cars out of a total volume of just under 4,800

BLUEMOTION TECHNOLOGY

BlueMotion is a term used to describe the most fuel and CO2 efficient model in a particular range.  Many of these changes are repeated across Volkswagen’s model ranges thereby ensuring BlueMotion models are affordable as well as efficient. 

All BlueMotion models have diesel engines, already renowned for their efficiency, which use Volkswagen’s ‘Pumpe Düse’ or unit injector technology.  The Polo BlueMotion has a three-cylinder 1.4-litre TDI unit producing 80 PS, the Sharan BlueMotion is fitted with a 4-cyl 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS unit, while all other models use, as their base, the award-winning 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS engine. 

All BlueMotion engines also have as standard an oxidation catalyst and a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) which reduce oxides of nitrogen and carbon particles almost to zero.  A variable geometry turbocharger is also added to provide high levels of torque from just above idling speed.

Elsewhere on the drivetrain, the car’s standard five-speed manual gearbox is modified to lengthen the gearing in 3rd, 4th and 5th gears; this decreases engine speed and also improves economy.

Simple aerodynamic changes have the effect of reducing drag on all BlueMotion models.  These modifications may include changes to the front spoiler below the front bumper, smaller intakes for the engine cooling system, a modified rear spoiler and different exterior mirror design.  Lowered suspension is also employed on some versions.  Further alterations include the use of low rolling resistance tyres. 

The first model offered was the Polo BlueMotion which was launched in the UK in September 2007.  With a combined fuel consumption figure of 74.3 mpg and a rating of just 99 g/km of carbon dioxide, the Polo BlueMotion quickly became recognised by motoring experts and fleet and retail customers as a popular choice for those wanting a conventional, practical, stylish and affordable car with class-leading CO2 performance.

In fact its popularity both in the UK and across Europe meant demand soon outstripped planned supply and production at the Polo factory in Pamplona, Spain, had to be increased threefold.  In the UK an initial allocation of 850 vehicles for 2008 quickly sold out with Volkswagen now predicting annual Polo BlueMotion sales of 2,050.

Early in 2008, Volkswagen began to increase the availability of BlueMotion models across a number of its passenger car ranges.  In total, nine BlueMotion models are now available: Polo, Golf, Golf Plus, Golf Estate, Jetta, Passat, Passat Estate, Touran and Sharan.

It is important to note that while the BlueMotion models have undergone substantial modifications to increase efficiency, they still retain all the features of the standard cars on which they are based so not only are they conventional to service and repair, customers also do not have to compromise on safety, practicality or comfort.

EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS

The Golf Estate BlueMotion has the following items of equipment as standard:

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), including EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control)
  • driver and front passenger front airbags with passenger’s airbag deactivation switch
  • curtain airbag system for front and rear passengers, front seat side impact airbags
  • driver and front passenger’s active head restraints
  • electronic engine immobiliser
  • Isofix child seat preparation (for 2 rear child seats)
  • ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning
  • front and rear electric windows
  • three-point seat belts for all rear passengers
  • speed sensitive power-assisted steering, height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • RCD 210 radio/MP3 compatible CD player with 4 front speakers
  • multifunction computer, including visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption
  • sports suspension
  • 6½J x 16 steel wheels with 205/55/R16 low rolling resistance tyres

INSURANCE GROUP

Thanks to its impressive security and safety features, the Golf Estate BlueMotion has secured a Group 6 insurance rating from the ABI (Association of British Insurers).

WARRANTIES

The Golf Estate BlueMotion has a three year (first and second year manufacturer operated, third year retailer operated) mechanical warranty.  In addition, it comes with a class-leading 12 year anti-perforation guarantee, three year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance for UK and European breakdown cover.  The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.      

TECHNICAL DETAILS AND COMPARISON DATA

  Golf Estate SE
1.9-litre 105 PS 5spd manual
Golf Estate SE
1.9-litre 105 PS 5spd manual
with DPF
Golf Estate BlueMotion
1.9-litre 105 PS 5spd manual
Power,
PS @rpm
105 @ 4000 105 @ 4000 105 @ 4000
Torque,
Nm/lbs ft @rpm
250/184 @ 1900 250/184 @ 1900 250/184 @ 1900
Cubic capacity, cc 1896 1896 1896
Combined economy, mpg 54.3

54.3

(53.3 DSG)

61.4
CO2 emissions, g/km 137

137

(139 DSG)

122
OTR RRP, £ 16,665 17,090 16,355
       
Gear ratios, :1      
1st gear 3.78 3.78 3.78
2nd gear 2.06 2.06 2.06
3rd gear 1.3 1.3 1.25
4th gear 0.9 0.9 0.84
5th gear 0.7 0.7 0.63
Ratio reverse 3.6 3.6 3.60
       
Cd value 0.32 0.32 0.30
Area Cd, m2 2.38 2.38 2.20
Air resistance Cd x Area Cd 0.76 0.76 0.66
       
Unladen weight, kg 1,361 1,361 1,357
Gross vehicle weight, kg 1,990 1,990 1,970

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