Golf Plus BlueMotion 2008-2014

The Golf Plus went on sale in the UK on 1 June 2005, fitting into the Volkswagen line-up between the Golf hatchback and Touran compact MPV.  The BlueMotion model was released in February 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 Golf Plus is closer in concept to the Golf than the Touran, the latter model being a larger vehicle offered with seven seats.  Where the Touran appeals directly to buyers with families who are primarily concerned with practicality and space, the Golf Plus is likely to attract those without families – or with a small family – but who require more room and flexibility than the traditional hatchback can offer. 

The similarities between the Golf Plus and the Golf hatchback are no coincidence – the two models are very similar underneath, sharing, for example, the same wheelbase and major mechanical components.  However, thanks to its increased height the Golf Plus offers more interior space.  This means more flexibility for the customer, thanks to more stowage areas and loadspace, more leg room for all occupants, and a more flexible rear seat arrangement.  These seats can be shifted lengthways by 160 mm and folded via a new system, which means they are lowered automatically when folded down, resulting in an almost level luggage space.  They can also split 60/40, with the middle seat doubling as a fold-down drinks table.  Furthermore, a double height boot floor (depending on trim level) allows more adaptable stowage and a maximum capacity of 505 litres with the rear seats in place. 

Despite this increased space, the Golf Plus retains the Golf hatchback’s essential qualities which include award-winning driving dynamics, value for money and a high level of safety equipment.  Its styling is also closely linked to that of the hatch, particularly in key areas such as the bonnet, C pillar and grille.  

The Golf Plus BlueMotion has a 1.9-litre TDI engine with standard Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) twinned with a five-speed manual gearbox optimised for economy.  The engine returns a combined economy of 58.9 mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of just 127 g/km. 

In the complete Golf Plus line-up, six engines and four trim levels are available.  These comprise three petrol units: 1.4-litre 80 PS and 1.4-litre TSI 122 and 160 PS; plus 1.9-litre TDI 90 and 105 PS and 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS diesels.  Trims range from the entry-level Luna through SE to Sport with BlueMotion specification based on the Luna model.

 key facts 

  • The Golf Plus 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 Plus BlueMotion has a combined economy figure of 58.9 mpg while emitting 127 g/km of CO2 
  • The practical bodyshape of the Golf Plus 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 Plus 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 Plus BlueMotion can achieve a maximum range in excess of 700 miles on a single 55 litre tank of fuel 
  • The Golf Plus BlueMotion is fitted with low rolling resistance tyres 
  • Despite the increases in efficiency the levels of equipment on the Golf Plus 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 Plus Luna specification 
  • On top of Luna features, Golf Plus BlueMotion adds 15-inch alloy wheels, a multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption and sports suspension

 Unique trim finishes and badging join the changes to the body and drivetrain 

  • BlueMotion will account for five per cent of Golf Plus sales in 2008: 295 cars out of a total volume of just under 6,000 

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, 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.  The ever-popular hatchback, the Golf, is now available in BlueMotion form and in basic S as well as Match trim.  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 Plus BlueMotion has the following items of equipment as standard: 

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution)
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), including EDL (Electronic Differential Lock), TCS (traction control) and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • driver and front passenger front airbags with passenger’s airbag deactivation switch
  • curtain airbag system for front and rear passengers, including front side airbags
  • variable boot floor
  • rain sensor and automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • dusk sensor, automatic driving lights
  • automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
  • three-point seatbelts for all rear passengers
  • driver and front passenger’s active head restraints
  • Isofix child seat preparation for two outer rear seats
  • transponder-based electronic engine immobiliser
  • ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning with glovebox cooler
  • remote control central locking
  • front and rear electric windows
  • electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • factory-fit radio with MP3 compatible CD player and four speakers
  • height and reach adjustable steering column; driver’s seat height adjustment
  • body-coloured bump and side strips
  • steel space saver spare wheel
  • multifunction computer, including visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption
  • sports suspension
  • 6½J x 15 ‘Misano’ alloy wheels with 195/65 R15 low rolling resistance tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts 

INSURANCE GROUP

Thanks to its impressive security and safety features, the Golf Plus BlueMotion has secured a Group 7 insurance rating from the ABI (Association of British Insurers). 

WARRANTIES

The Golf Plus 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 Plus Luna
1.9-litre 105 PS 5spd manual

Golf Plus Luna
1.9-litre 105 PS 5spd manual
with DPF

Golf Plus 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                                 

52.3

50.4

58.9

CO2 emissions, g/km

146

148

127

OTR RRP, £

16,200

16,625

16,800

 

 

 

 

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

3.6

Final drive ratio

3.65

3.65

3.39

 

 

 

 

Cd value

0.32

0.32

0.3

Area Cd, m2

2.38

2.38

2.38

Air resistance Cd x Area Cd

0.76

0.76

0.71

 

 

 

 

Unladen weight, kg

1395

1395

1376

Gross vehicle weight, kg

2000

2000

1970

  

Golf Plus BM/0808/KT

The Golf Plus went on sale in the UK on 1 June 2005, fitting into the Volkswagen line-up between the Golf hatchback and Touran compact MPV.  The BlueMotion model was released in February 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 Golf Plus is closer in concept to the Golf than the Touran, the latter model being a larger vehicle offered with seven seats.  Where the Touran appeals directly to buyers with families who are primarily concerned with practicality and space, the Golf Plus is likely to attract those without families – or with a small family – but who require more room and flexibility than the traditional hatchback can offer. 

The similarities between the Golf Plus and the Golf hatchback are no coincidence – the two models are very similar underneath, sharing, for example, the same wheelbase and major mechanical components.  However, thanks to its increased height the Golf Plus offers more interior space.  This means more flexibility for the customer, thanks to more stowage areas and loadspace, more leg room for all occupants, and a more flexible rear seat arrangement.  These seats can be shifted lengthways by 160 mm and folded via a new system, which means they are lowered automatically when folded down, resulting in an almost level luggage space.  They can also split 60/40, with the middle seat doubling as a fold-down drinks table.  Furthermore, a double height boot floor (depending on trim level) allows more adaptable stowage and a maximum capacity of 505 litres with the rear seats in place. 

Despite this increased space, the Golf Plus retains the Golf hatchback’s essential qualities which include award-winning driving dynamics, value for money and a high level of safety equipment.  Its styling is also closely linked to that of the hatch, particularly in key areas such as the bonnet, C pillar and grille.  

The Golf Plus BlueMotion has a 1.9-litre TDI engine with standard Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) twinned with a five-speed manual gearbox optimised for economy.  The engine returns a combined economy of 58.9 mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of just 127 g/km. 

In the complete Golf Plus line-up, six engines and four trim levels are available.  These comprise three petrol units: 1.4-litre 80 PS and 1.4-litre TSI 122 and 160 PS; plus 1.9-litre TDI 90 and 105 PS and 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS diesels.  Trims range from the entry-level Luna through SE to Sport with BlueMotion specification based on the Luna model.

 key facts 

  • The Golf Plus 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 Plus BlueMotion has a combined economy figure of 58.9 mpg while emitting 127 g/km of CO2 
  • The practical bodyshape of the Golf Plus 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 Plus 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 Plus BlueMotion can achieve a maximum range in excess of 700 miles on a single 55 litre tank of fuel 
  • The Golf Plus BlueMotion is fitted with low rolling resistance tyres 
  • Despite the increases in efficiency the levels of equipment on the Golf Plus 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 Plus Luna specification 
  • On top of Luna features, Golf Plus BlueMotion adds 15-inch alloy wheels, a multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption and sports suspension

 Unique trim finishes and badging join the changes to the body and drivetrain 

  • BlueMotion will account for five per cent of Golf Plus sales in 2008: 295 cars out of a total volume of just under 6,000 

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, 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.  The ever-popular hatchback, the Golf, is now available in BlueMotion form and in basic S as well as Match trim.  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 Plus BlueMotion has the following items of equipment as standard: 

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution)
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), including EDL (Electronic Differential Lock), TCS (traction control) and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • driver and front passenger front airbags with passenger’s airbag deactivation switch
  • curtain airbag system for front and rear passengers, including front side airbags
  • variable boot floor
  • rain sensor and automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • dusk sensor, automatic driving lights
  • automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
  • three-point seatbelts for all rear passengers
  • driver and front passenger’s active head restraints
  • Isofix child seat preparation for two outer rear seats
  • transponder-based electronic engine immobiliser
  • ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning with glovebox cooler
  • remote control central locking
  • front and rear electric windows
  • electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • factory-fit radio with MP3 compatible CD player and four speakers
  • height and reach adjustable steering column; driver’s seat height adjustment
  • body-coloured bump and side strips
  • steel space saver spare wheel
  • multifunction computer, including visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption
  • sports suspension
  • 6½J x 15 ‘Misano’ alloy wheels with 195/65 R15 low rolling resistance tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts 

INSURANCE GROUP

Thanks to its impressive security and safety features, the Golf Plus BlueMotion has secured a Group 7 insurance rating from the ABI (Association of British Insurers). 

WARRANTIES

The Golf Plus 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 Plus Luna
1.9-litre 105 PS 5spd manual

Golf Plus Luna
1.9-litre 105 PS 5spd manual
with DPF

Golf Plus 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                                 

52.3

50.4

58.9

CO2 emissions, g/km

146

148

127

OTR RRP, £

16,200

16,625

16,800

 

 

 

 

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

3.6

Final drive ratio

3.65

3.65

3.39

 

 

 

 

Cd value

0.32

0.32

0.3

Area Cd, m2

2.38

2.38

2.38

Air resistance Cd x Area Cd

0.76

0.76

0.71

 

 

 

 

Unladen weight, kg

1395

1395

1376

Gross vehicle weight, kg

2000

2000

1970

  

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