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We try the turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol version of the Golf Bluemotion. If you're not doing mega miles, it's a better bet than the diesel

What is it?

Volkswagen's first petrol-powered full-on Bluemotion model - not to be confused with those models carrying the Bluemotion Technology badge. Using the 1.0-litre engine fitted to the Up as a base, VW has added a turbocharger and intercooler to increase power to an Ecoboost-rivalling 113bhp at 5000-5500rpm.

Furthermore, torque is up to a healthy 147Ib ft between 2000 and 3500rpm. Thanks to some cunning design and plenty of aluminium, the whole engine weighs just 89kg, which helps the model weigh under 1300kg even with a driver.

Not only does the relative lack of mass help account for the 10.5 sec 0-62mph time but it also helps economy. Claimed fuel consumption is just 65.7mpg and CO2 emissions are 99g/km.

As with other Bluemotion models, there are further changes to achieve those figures. Up front, you get an active air shutter that can close off the engine bay when cooling air isn’t required. There’s also a small rear spoiler, flat panels to cover the oily bits underneath and 15mm lower suspension. All of these modifications reduce drag, helping this car slide through the air more cleanly than regular Golfs.

What's it like?

Surprisingly tractable. You might expect a tiny three-cylinder petrol engine with a turbocharger strapped on to be a peaky little thing. The truth is very different.

At first you can’t believe how early the instrument cluster tells you to change up a gear but you soon learn to trust it. The motor will happily pull from a little over 1000rpm and never feels strained. You’d swear it was a much bigger unit than it actually is.

Not only is it content to slog at low revs, but you canalso spin it round to its limiter quite happily. Power does tail off a little after the 5500rpm peak, but there’s still plenty of usable urge along with a pleasing thrum from under the bonnet.

It’s also buttery smooth - a clever crankshaft that’s designed to be imbalanced gets around the inherent problems of an engine with an odd number of cylinders. As it’s a small petrol motor, operation of the start/stop system is barely noticeable, too.

The rest of the package is much the same as before. Being a sub-146bhp Golf, it has a twist beam rear axle as opposed to the multi-link independent set-up of more powerful variants. This and the lower, stiffer springs do erode ride quality, but you’d never call it uncomfortable.

It’s only over particularly rough sections of road that the Golf starts to suffer from noticeable vertical movements. On smoother surfaces it’s a fine long-distance companion.

As for handling, it’s surefooted and stable with steering that weights up progressively should you start to corner harder. It’s a precise system but one that isn’t brimming with feel or feedback.

Despite this, it’s possible to cross country surprisingly rapidly thanks to the torquey motor and dependable, reassuring chassis. 

Should I buy one?

Ultimately the 1.6-litre diesel Bluemotion will be the economy champion here. That variant has claimed average fuel consumption of 83.1mpg while taking the same 10.5sec to reach 62mph.

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Unsurprisingly, you’re unlikely to reach the claimed economy figures on your way to work, but in our experience the diesel will still come out on top. Saying that, real-world economy of more than 55mpg in the petrol Bluemotion is nothing to be sniffed at. We wouldn’t count the 1.0-litre TSI out, and for a few good reasons.

For a start, it’s around £1500 cheaper than the diesel. Secondly, it’s a smoother and more refined engine. Business users will also be interested in the 3% lower BIK rate the petrol model attracts. With that in mind, the 1.6 diesel is only worthwhile if you’re planning on covering seriously long distances.

If you’re unlikely to be schlepping up and down the nation's motorways on a regular basis, we'd be seriously tempted by this petrol-powered Bluemotion.

Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion 1.0 TSI

Location West Sussex; On sale Now; Price £20,495; Engine 3 cyls inline, 999cc, turbocharged, petrol; Power 113bhp at 5000-5500rpm; Torque 148Ib ft at 2000-3500rpm; Kerb weight 1286kg; Gearbox 6-spd manual; 0-62mph 10.5s; Top speed 121mph; Economy 65.7mpg (combined); CO2/tax band 99g/km, 14%

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dougflump 3 December 2015

latest petrol powertrains

A pal and I had a Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost for a 24 hour test and gave it a right good pasting, over varied roads and with quite different driving styles the car averaged just under 50 MPG, sometime later we got out a Kuga 1.6 Ecoboost and that gave high 30's/
I've run quite a few diesels and would have expected similar fuel consumption, a pal is running a Nissan Note 1.6 petrol and averages 40 to just under 60mpg, plainly petrols have got a great deal better.
Also these petrol have a much longer range of power.
This Golf is proper progress from V Dub
you really don't have to have a stink wheel any more !
pauld101 2 December 2015

Jeez...

Yeh, OK I knew 'dubs were well behind in their technology, but jeepers, this thing's come along, what, FIVE YEARS behind the 1.0L Ford. Think VW are going nowhere but out of the game.
winniethewoo 2 December 2015

pauld101 wrote: Yeh, OK I

pauld101 wrote:

Yeh, OK I knew 'dubs were well behind in their technology, but jeepers, this thing's come along, what, FIVE YEARS behind the 1.0L Ford. Think VW are going nowhere but out of the game.

I think there is a reason for that. I bet in the real world this engine has similar efficiency to their 1.2 105bhp 4 cylinder.

winniethewoo 27 November 2015

If is car does 55mpg being

If is car does 55mpg being driven in a way that wont infuriate other road users, I will go out and buy a Ford Mustang V8. The 1.6 tdi Bluemotion with a claimed 88mpg does around 55mpg if driven carefully in the real world.
Sundym 28 November 2015

55mpg in diesel easily achievable

I currently drive a mk6 2.0tdi gt with no stop start and it achieves 55-60mpg every day .Those figures would be easy to achieve in a 1.6tdi, although the enthusiast in me is very interested in 1.0 petrol. Will be watching honest john real mpg with interest.
Adrian987 28 November 2015

@Sundym

As a matter of interest, what is your overall mileage and overall mpg computed from fuel bought since you have had the car (will be a precise figure rather than a range!)?
Sundym 28 November 2015

real mpg

Hi Adrian987, I've owned the car for 30,000 miles and the overall mpg not just my recent averages is 54.7mpg.
230SL 30 November 2015

Hi Sundym I had a MK6 1.6 105

Hi Sundym I had a MK6 1.6 105 tdi with a claimed 62mpg,I regularly bettered the claimed figures too on a tank getting 58-65mpg on a tank depending on ambient temperature, though of course it had the cheat software. I swapped it this summer for a MK 7 2.0 184 TDI with a claimed 67mpg. I drive it no faster and I am lucky if I get 49mpg on a tank and now it is getting colder it is getting worse, the best I have had out of it was 63mpg for a few miles on a downhill journey (where I would get 80+mpg in the old car, the latest VW mpg figures seem very dubious, I will admit to have almost been a bit of a VW "fanboy", I always liked the way the interiors were laid out and I did n't need to pick up a manual to work switchgear out, but these days I am jaded towards VW.
230SL 30 November 2015

Hi Sundym I had a MK6 1.6 105

Hi Sundym I had a MK6 1.6 105 tdi with a claimed 62mpg,I regularly bettered the claimed figures too on a tank getting 58-65mpg on a tank depending on ambient temperature, though of course it had the cheat software. I swapped it this summer for a MK 7 2.0 184 TDI with a claimed 67mpg. I drive it no faster and I am lucky if I get 49mpg on a tank and now it is getting colder it is getting worse, the best I have had out of it was 63mpg for a few miles on a downhill journey (where I would get 80+mpg in the old car, the latest VW mpg figures seem very dubious, I will admit to have almost been a bit of a VW "fanboy", I always liked the way the interiors were laid out and I did n't need to pick up a manual to work switchgear out, but these days I am jaded towards VW.
230SL 30 November 2015

sorry about the typing errors

sorry about the typing errors above.

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