VW Golf TDI BlueMotion logged 97 mpg (2.92 l/100 km) on long-distance test trip

Article by Anita Panait, on November 15, 2013

The Volkswagen Golf TDI BlueMotion could now boast of being a true three-litre car after using only 2.92 litres of diesel per 100 kilometers on a DEKRA-supervised test run from Nantes, France to Copenhagen, Denmark. Powered by a 110 PS TDI engine, the Golf TDI BlueMotion used just a single 50 litre tank of fuel to travel 1,602 kilometers, or equivalent to 97 mpg.

Simon Thomas, head of Marketing of the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, described the test result as “really impressive result” noting that the trip – dubbed as the “Think Blue. Eco Ride.” -- showed that the combination of fuel-saving BlueMotion efficiency technology and a well-planned proactive driving approach could result to economy figures that are hard to match. The Volkswagen Golf TDI BlueMotion started from Nantes, France, and passed through Paris, Antwerp, Bremen and Hamburg, and then to Copenhagen.

The “Think Blue. Eco Ride.” showed that the standard consumption figure based on the NEDC driving cycle, pegged at 3.2 liters per 100 kilometers (88.3 mpg) and 85 grams of CO2 per kilometer, can be surpassed.

Drivers from the Volkswagen Driving Experience managed to post a verified value of 2.92 liters of diesel per 100 kilometres in normal traffic, over a driving time of 20 hours and 45 minutes.

The vehicle’s standard 50-litre tank was filled with diesel in Nantes and was sealed by a DEKRA inspector. At the end of the trip, 46.92 litres of diesel were loaded into the tank under the supervision of the same inspector.

The VW Golf TDI BlueMotion features a standard start-stop system and regenerative braking mode – contributing to its high fuel efficiency numbers. Adding to that is the car’s perfected aerodynamics and low weight as well as fitted with modified six-speed manual transmission and tires.

The Volkswagen Golf TDI BlueMotion Trendline boasts specific features like 15-inch "Lyon" alloy wheels, a redesigned and almost-closed radiator grille, and a larger rear spoiler. The grille features a smooth black clasp sporting integrated BlueMotion lettering as well as a chrome strip underneath, which reaches into the headlights.

Other elements that were specially adapted for the car include the optimized cooling airflow, black air intakes, elaborate underfloor panels, special tyres with very low rolling resistance, and sports chassis with a body that is lowered by 15 mm.

Moreover, the VW Golf TDI BlueMotion’s standard features include a touchscreen with 5” TFT display, an electronic parking brake complete with auto-hold function, a fuel tank inlet that has a guard to prevent misfuelling; a multifunction display complete with consumption-related graphics, information and ECO tips, the Plus tire pressure indicator, variable boot floor, folding rear seat backrests, and electronic transverse differential lock XDS+.

Also standard are daytime running lights, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, outside temperature indicator, air conditioning, rear window wiper plus intermittent setting, electric windows, electromechanical power-steering, safety-optimized head restraints, "Pepper" designed seat covers, decorative inlays in "Dark Silver, silk matt", steering column with adjustable height and reach, center console with storage compartment, height-adjustable driver's seat, dust and pollen filter, central remote control locking, green-tinted heat-insulating windows, and belt-tensioning system for front seat belts.

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