What is it?
This is the fuel-saving champion of the Passat range, the BlueMotion 1.6 TDI. Volkswagen has muddied the azure waters of its BlueMotion ethos by adding BlueMotion Technology-badged vehicles to its line-up in recent months. These are cars which have adopted certain fuel-saving technologies without going the whole eco-hog, but it has perhaps made it less clear which versions of each car are in fact the most economical. Of the 24 variants in the current Passat line-up, 15 of them carry the BlueMotion Technology badge, but only one car – this one – is actually defined as a BlueMotion model.
And this 1.6-litre TDI-engined sub-premium mid-sized saloon comes with some pretty impressive headline numbers, with an official combined economy figure of 69mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km. Whether you’re a private buyer or choosing from a company car list, those numbers aren’t to be sniffed at.
What’s it like
Well, it’s certainly economical, and some of the numbers displayed on the trip computer beggar belief at times. How about a projected 915-mile range after a fill up? Or a claimed 71.8mpg at the end of a 36-mile motorway and urban commute? Most impressively, a genuine 58mpg on a drive from southwest London to Sheffield without even trying, with the gauge still reading well over half full with 440 miles’ worth of diesel left in the tank at the end of the 406-mile round trip. And our car only had 2000 miles showing on its odometer. There are without doubt even more impressive figures to come once the engine has more miles under its belt.