The definition of an oxymoron is a figure of speech that “produces a self-contradictory effect”. Or, in other words, a Volkswagen Touareg Bluemotion.

I’d be the first to champion VW’s Bluemotion concept, proof that by using existing technology, i.e. diesel engines, instead of futuristic solutions, you can create some of the greenest production cars on the planet.

Take the VW Polo Bluemotion. This is a car that produces 99 g/km of CO2, while the new model is expected to make 80mpg. But this is using the most efficient methods – the most efficient engines, one of the smallest cars – to produce the most efficient results.See all the latest Volkswagen reviews, news and video


Bluemotion Touareg unveiled

Then apply this to a Touareg and it questions the whole idea of going green. How can we even talk about efficiency when referring to a 3.0-litre 2371kg SUV? If you want something efficient to carry round the family in, buy a Passat Bluemotion.

The only way a Touareg Bluemotion works is if it is compared to itself. It’s the same with the BMW M3, which was cleaner than the former model, but still beltches out 295 g/km of CO2.