Golf Mk V BlueMotion

The GOLF BLUEMOTION

First launched over 30 years ago, the Volkswagen Golf needs little introduction.  It is one of the world’s best-selling vehicles, with sales of over 26 million now placing it well ahead of the original Beetle in terms of volume. 

The latest generation, which went on sale in the UK on 30 January 2004, is the fifth incarnation of the Golf.  An all-new vehicle, it builds upon the Golf’s traditional strengths of high quality, safety and technology, with, for example, multi-link suspension, improved interior space and an advanced range of engines.  The BlueMotion model was added in January 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.

Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2003, the Golf has been widely acclaimed as a class-leading vehicle, and claimed a number of awards.  Shortly after launch it took awards from Top Gear and Auto Express magazines, and was named What Car? Car of the Year 2004.  In 2007 and 2008, the Golf was once again named Best Small Family Car in the What Car? awards.

The Golf continues to be Volkswagen UK’s best-selling model, with 67,570 units sold in 2007 out of a total of 197,020  cars.

KEY FACTS

  • Launched in mainland Europe at end of 2007; on sale in the UK early 2008 the Golf BlueMotion is capable of returning a combined economy figure of 62.8 mpg while emitting 119 g/km of CO2.  The standard 1.9-litre TDI vehicle with optional DPF returns 55.4 mpg and emits 135 g/km of CO2
  • The third vehicle to join the BlueMotion range after the Polo and Passat
  • Fitted with a 55-litre fuel tank the Golf BlueMotion is granted a theoretical range of 745 miles
  • Weight saving, aerodynamic improvements and changes to the drivetrain make the economy gains possible
  • Golf BlueMotion adopts a 1.9-litre, four-cylinder TDI 105 PS engine linked to a revised engine management system and a reduced idle speed.  The modifications increase the engine’s efficiency to allow greater performance while simultaneously using less fuel
  • Revised engine is linked to a five speed gearbox with new, longer ratios for 3rd, 4th and 5th gears to decrease engine speed and improve economy
  • The changes to the Golf’s body are subtle in appearance yet extensive with modifications to the underside of the vehicle to smooth off the airflow in conjunction with blanked off sections of the front grille to reduce cooling system drag as less heat is rejected by the engine
  • Golf BlueMotion models also have lower suspension which reduces frontal area and aerodynamic drag
  • A multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption is also added to enhance economy
  • The Golf BlueMotion is offered in both S and Match trim levels along with unique trim finishes and BlueMotion badging
  • Despite the increases in efficiency the levels of equipment on the Golf BlueMotion remain high with a CD/radio, electric front windows, six airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), ABS and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) all fitted as standard
  • Match adds 15-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured bumper strips, side bump strips, door handles and door mirrors, leather trimmed steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip, alarm, cruise control, automatic coming/leaving home lighting function and dusk sensor, arm-rest mounted iPod preparation and rain sensor and automatic dimming rear view mirror among a number of other features
  • Built at Wolfsburg plant alongside standard Golf
  • Volkswagen plans to sell 2,540 Golf BlueMotions in the UK in 2008 (around four per cent of total Golf volume of 63,500 cars)
  • Around 65 per cent of Golf BlueMotion buyers will opt for the Match trim

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 Golf is now available in BlueMotion form and in basic S as well as Match trim.  In total, nine BlueMotion models are offered: 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 BlueMotion S, available in three- and five-door bodystyles, 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) and ASR (traction control)
  • driver and front passenger front airbags with passenger’s airbag deactivation switch
  • head airbag system for front and rear passengers, including front side airbags
  • 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
  • remote control central locking
  • ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning
  • front electric windows; electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • factory-fit stereo with CD player and four speakers
  • height and reach adjustable steering column; driver’s seat height adjustment
  • 6J x 15 steel wheels with 195/65 R15 low rolling resistance tyres
  • multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption
  • sports suspension
  • Among a number of additional features the Match, available in a five-door bodystyle only, adds the following equipment:
  • body-coloured bumpers, side rubbing strips, door handles and door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • additional storage compartment in roof console
  • alarm with interior protection
  • rain sensor and automatic dimming rear view mirror  
  • front comfort seats with height and lumbar adjustment
  • automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
  • dusk sensor, automatic driving lights
  • cruise control  
  • leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel and handbrake
  • multifunction computer accessed via steering wheel mounted controls
  • 6½J x 15 ‘Canberra’ alloy wheels with 195/65 R15 low rolling resistance tyres and ant-theft bolts
  • eight-speaker stereo with CD player
  • front centre armrest incorporating an iPod MP3 or USB link cable

WARRANTIES

The Golf 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 Match
1.9-litre 105 PS
5spd manual
Golf Match
1.9-litre 105 PS 5spd manual
with DPF
Golf Match 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 56.5 55.4 62.8
CO2 emissions, g/km 132 135 119
OTR RRP, £ 15,480 15,905 16,775
       
Gear ratios, :1      
1st gear 3.78 3.78 3.78
2nd gear 2.06 2.06 2.06
3rd gear 1.35 1.35 1.25
4th gear 0.97 0.97 0.84
5th gear 0.74 0.74 0.63
Ratio reverse 3.6 3.6 3.6
Final drive ratio 3.39 3.39 3.39
       
Cd value 0.32 0.32 0.31
Area Cd, m2 2.22 2.22 2.22
Air resistance Cd x Area Cd 0.72 0.72 0.68
       
Unladen weight, kg 1251 1251 1249
Gross vehicle weight, kg 1890 1890 1880

The GOLF BLUEMOTION

First launched over 30 years ago, the Volkswagen Golf needs little introduction.  It is one of the world’s best-selling vehicles, with sales of over 26 million now placing it well ahead of the original Beetle in terms of volume. 

The latest generation, which went on sale in the UK on 30 January 2004, is the fifth incarnation of the Golf.  An all-new vehicle, it builds upon the Golf’s traditional strengths of high quality, safety and technology, with, for example, multi-link suspension, improved interior space and an advanced range of engines.  The BlueMotion model was added in January 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.

Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2003, the Golf has been widely acclaimed as a class-leading vehicle, and claimed a number of awards.  Shortly after launch it took awards from Top Gear and Auto Express magazines, and was named What Car? Car of the Year 2004.  In 2007 and 2008, the Golf was once again named Best Small Family Car in the What Car? awards.

The Golf continues to be Volkswagen UK’s best-selling model, with 67,570 units sold in 2007 out of a total of 197,020  cars.

KEY FACTS

  • Launched in mainland Europe at end of 2007; on sale in the UK early 2008 the Golf BlueMotion is capable of returning a combined economy figure of 62.8 mpg while emitting 119 g/km of CO2.  The standard 1.9-litre TDI vehicle with optional DPF returns 55.4 mpg and emits 135 g/km of CO2
  • The third vehicle to join the BlueMotion range after the Polo and Passat
  • Fitted with a 55-litre fuel tank the Golf BlueMotion is granted a theoretical range of 745 miles
  • Weight saving, aerodynamic improvements and changes to the drivetrain make the economy gains possible
  • Golf BlueMotion adopts a 1.9-litre, four-cylinder TDI 105 PS engine linked to a revised engine management system and a reduced idle speed.  The modifications increase the engine’s efficiency to allow greater performance while simultaneously using less fuel
  • Revised engine is linked to a five speed gearbox with new, longer ratios for 3rd, 4th and 5th gears to decrease engine speed and improve economy
  • The changes to the Golf’s body are subtle in appearance yet extensive with modifications to the underside of the vehicle to smooth off the airflow in conjunction with blanked off sections of the front grille to reduce cooling system drag as less heat is rejected by the engine
  • Golf BlueMotion models also have lower suspension which reduces frontal area and aerodynamic drag
  • A multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption is also added to enhance economy
  • The Golf BlueMotion is offered in both S and Match trim levels along with unique trim finishes and BlueMotion badging
  • Despite the increases in efficiency the levels of equipment on the Golf BlueMotion remain high with a CD/radio, electric front windows, six airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), ABS and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) all fitted as standard
  • Match adds 15-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured bumper strips, side bump strips, door handles and door mirrors, leather trimmed steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip, alarm, cruise control, automatic coming/leaving home lighting function and dusk sensor, arm-rest mounted iPod preparation and rain sensor and automatic dimming rear view mirror among a number of other features
  • Built at Wolfsburg plant alongside standard Golf
  • Volkswagen plans to sell 2,540 Golf BlueMotions in the UK in 2008 (around four per cent of total Golf volume of 63,500 cars)
  • Around 65 per cent of Golf BlueMotion buyers will opt for the Match trim

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 Golf is now available in BlueMotion form and in basic S as well as Match trim.  In total, nine BlueMotion models are offered: 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 BlueMotion S, available in three- and five-door bodystyles, 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) and ASR (traction control)
  • driver and front passenger front airbags with passenger’s airbag deactivation switch
  • head airbag system for front and rear passengers, including front side airbags
  • 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
  • remote control central locking
  • ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning
  • front electric windows; electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • factory-fit stereo with CD player and four speakers
  • height and reach adjustable steering column; driver’s seat height adjustment
  • 6J x 15 steel wheels with 195/65 R15 low rolling resistance tyres
  • multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption
  • sports suspension
  • Among a number of additional features the Match, available in a five-door bodystyle only, adds the following equipment:
  • body-coloured bumpers, side rubbing strips, door handles and door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • additional storage compartment in roof console
  • alarm with interior protection
  • rain sensor and automatic dimming rear view mirror  
  • front comfort seats with height and lumbar adjustment
  • automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
  • dusk sensor, automatic driving lights
  • cruise control  
  • leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel and handbrake
  • multifunction computer accessed via steering wheel mounted controls
  • 6½J x 15 ‘Canberra’ alloy wheels with 195/65 R15 low rolling resistance tyres and ant-theft bolts
  • eight-speaker stereo with CD player
  • front centre armrest incorporating an iPod MP3 or USB link cable

WARRANTIES

The Golf 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 Match
1.9-litre 105 PS
5spd manual
Golf Match
1.9-litre 105 PS 5spd manual
with DPF
Golf Match 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 56.5 55.4 62.8
CO2 emissions, g/km 132 135 119
OTR RRP, £ 15,480 15,905 16,775
       
Gear ratios, :1      
1st gear 3.78 3.78 3.78
2nd gear 2.06 2.06 2.06
3rd gear 1.35 1.35 1.25
4th gear 0.97 0.97 0.84
5th gear 0.74 0.74 0.63
Ratio reverse 3.6 3.6 3.6
Final drive ratio 3.39 3.39 3.39
       
Cd value 0.32 0.32 0.31
Area Cd, m2 2.22 2.22 2.22
Air resistance Cd x Area Cd 0.72 0.72 0.68
       
Unladen weight, kg 1251 1251 1249
Gross vehicle weight, kg 1890 1890 1880

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