What is it?
Guilt-free motoring. At least that’s what Volkswagen promises with this car, the Passat Blue Motion.
The second entry in what VW says will eventually grow into a complete Blue Motion range encompassing all of its volume-selling models – including 2008's sixth-generation Golf - its impressive fuel economy and low emissions provide a positive signal for those of us dependent on the car as a means of personal mobility at a time when the on-going debate over changing weather patterns has attempted to pigeon-hole it as the root to just about all the world’s environmental evil.
Not only that, the new Volkswagen also provides a significant reduction in running costs over comparable mid-size rivals without diminishing the fundamentally good dynamics or class-leading practicality of its standard sibling – something that can’t be said of all cars engineered for maximum environmental compatibility, I’m afraid.
What's it like?
To be offered in both saloon and estate bodystyles, the Passat Blue Motion is hardly state-of-the-art as far as fuel efficiency and emissions technology is concerned; it does without automatic stop/start, a decoupling generator and a brake regeneration system. In fact, it relies on some of the oldest driveline components in Volkswagen’s extensive part list.