The Volkswagen Polo BlueGT is now on sale from £17k; Hyundai i30 Tourer scores a five star Euro NCAP rating
18 October 2012

The new Volkswagen Polo BlueGT is now on sale priced from £17,400. It gets a 138bhp 1.4 TSI engine with cylinder deactivation technology, which means economy of 61.4mpg and CO2 of 107g/km. Six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG transmissions are offered.

The Hyundai i30 Tourer has been awarded a full five star safety rating by Euro NCAP. The model scored a 90 per cent rating for both adult and child and full marks for the protection of pedestrians’ legs. The model also achieved an 86 per cent score in the ‘Safety Assist’ category due to its ESC and front and rear seatbelt reminders.

 

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18 October 2012

Both cars are bound to be great sellers but it has to be said the Hyundai are making leaps and bounds in all areas even in design.

The New Polo and Golf have a kind of retro square edge look to them. I appreciate all new modles can become an aquired taste before you warm up to them but i think Hyundai now have som,e of the best looking cars in their class.

 

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18 October 2012

For £17,400? A polo? Jebus wept.

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19 October 2012

I wonder how many months it will be before the VW dealers can get hold of one of these Polos?

19 October 2012

Cylinder deactivation on a turbo engine, won't that cause the turbo to slow down and not produce as much boost? Or is the fresh air pumped through from the shut down cylinder(or cylinders) enough for there not to be any noticeable difference?

19 October 2012

I would expect that the loss of exhaust gas volume from the deactivated cylinders is exactly compensated by the additional exhaust gas from the remaining working cylinders. That's the whole point - at low engine loads, two cylinders working fairly hard will always be more efficient than four cylinders working lazily. Incidentally no fresh air is pumped through the deactivated cylinders - both valves are kept shut to reduce pumping losses. 

Much as I admire this technology, it's dissappointing that it comes at such a high price. Then again, if no competitor offers it who can blame VW for charging a premium...

 

19 October 2012

I've commented before on this VW engine: As my motoring is mainly light load town work I imagine I would be running in 2 cylinder mode most of the time, and I wondered if this would have any detriment on the engine longer term. I guess it would start up on 4 cylinders, but cut out after that? I only ask because of the problems VW has had with some of its recent engine design when out in the real world.

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