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UK drive proves Bluemotion is a better real-world eco solution than a hybrid

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30 October 2009

[quote Autocar] it's also a better real-world bet than any hybrid. [/quote]

What's the real world economy of the Bluemotion? 20mpg less than the EU figures? 30mpg less than the EU figures? Until we know that it's hard to assess the eco-claims of this car or others like it. It would be valuable to quote a prediction from the first test drive, even if based on the trip computer (with an appropriate disclaimer).

30 October 2009

[quote m_bowl]What's the real world economy of the Bluemotion? 20mpg less than the EU figures? 30mpg less than the EU figures?[/quote] i've been driving one as a demo since last monday. as of me parking it up today, the trip computer reads an average 64.7 mpg, and that's a good rounded mix of motorway, town and cross country roads.

30 October 2009

Can someone explain to me why all these "Eco" versions of existing cars are more expensive than the standard version? I doubt if any of them cost a penny more to manufacture, so the manufacturers are just cashing in ... as usual.

If they were serious about promoting more economical motoring, these eco versions would be CHEAPER than the regular car, to encourage us all to buy one. Is it is, this is yet another way of hiding behind the so called "green" fashion to make yet more profit.

30 October 2009

[quote DavidMR]i've been driving one as a demo since last monday. as of me parking it up today, the trip computer reads an average 64.7 mpg, and that's a good rounded mix of motorway, town and cross country roads.[/quote]

Erm no you havent, the one tested here isn't out in the UK yet. You must have been driving the slightly older MK6 1.6 TDI Bluemotion, which isnt as economical and has higher CO2 emissions. Dont believe me? Type your cars info into this page and it will tell you the CO2 output - http://www.taxdisc.direct.gov.uk/EvlPortalApp/application?origin=vnav_bar.jsp&event=bea.portal.framework.internal.refresh&pageid=Vehicle+Enquiry

30 October 2009

[quote J400uk]Erm no you havent, the one tested here isn't out in the UK yet. [/quote] erm...yes i have, and, erm, i don't remember you sitting beside me.

30 October 2009

Sounds impressive although I prefer ground clearance to sports suspension. But what about the other noxious gas outputs from a diesel? Does it splurge sooty exhaust over pedestrian and cyclists when its doing 0-60 in 11 seconds? Does it have a particulate filter and does it work? Even recent C class Mercedes, let alone Fords etc seem to blot their copybook with these visible emissions when accelerating hard let alone the ones you cant see. Can diesel really be "green"?

30 October 2009

[quote DavidMR]the trip computer reads an average 64.7 mpg[/quote]

Your result looks good, but my experience of a Golf trip computer is that it flatters by at least 5%. I find it more meaningful to consider actual consumption calculated from brim-to-brim. For a last model 1.9TDI covering 10,000 miles (mixed, but about 60% of journeys less than 10 miles) I achieved actual measured consumption of just over 56 mpg, which I found satisfying enough, and that is for a car rated with "combined" at around 54 mpg.

30 October 2009

[quote Adrian987]Your result looks good, but my experience of a Golf trip computer is that it flatters by at least 5%. [/quote] My experience too, similarly with an Octavia i once had. also, don't know about you, but i found the vw tdi unit took a long time to "loosen up", it became significantly more economical by 30 - 40,000 miles.

30 October 2009

[quote DavidMR]but i found the vw tdi unit took a long time to "loosen up", it became significantly more economical by 30 - 40,000 miles.[/quote]

I will have to reserve judgement on that one, but I suspect my experience will be similar. It is all very much dependent upon usage and driving style. The best I have got out of a single tank (to warning light) has been 675 miles, but that was predominently motorway at responsible speeds, and that equated to about 63/64. It does have Michelin Energy Saver tyres, but no lowered suspension or other tricks.

30 October 2009

[quote DavidMR]i've been driving one as a demo since last monday. as of me parking it up today, the trip computer reads an average 64.7 mpg, and that's a good rounded mix of motorway, town and cross country roads.[/quote]

You've been driving the Bluemotion Technology SE not the full Bluemotion kit that's fitted to this even the standard 1.6 TDi economy is extremely respectable.

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