The new 2010 Golf TDI may be quite thrifty, but Volkswagen has an even more fuel-efficient diesel hatchback in its European portfolio: the new Golf BlueMotion.
<;P class=MsoNormal>The Golf BlueMotion sports a 105 hp, 1.6-liter turbo-diesel I-4 underhood, coupled to a five-speed manual transmission with taller gear ratios. VW also throws in a start/stop system, regenerative braking, and a number of aerodynamic and wheel modifications (i.e. air diffusers, lower ride height, low rolling resistance tires) designed to help improve fuel economy.
<;P class=MsoNormal>On the European test cycle, the BlueMotion returns the equivalent of 61.9 mpg, nearly 20 mpg better than a Golf similar to the U.S.-spec TDI achieves in similar testing. The BlueMotion runs the equivalent of $32,000 in Germany, but there’s little hope for a Golf greener than the 2010 TDI to arrive in our market anytime soon.