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Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion prices and specs announced

  • Volkswagen announces new Golf BlueMotion prices and specs
  • Average economy of 88mpg, potential range of 970 miles
  • CO2 emissions of 85g/km, company car tax from £44 a month

Volkswagen’s new Golf BlueMotion model has gone on sale, offering average fuel economy of 88mpg and CO2 emissions of 85g/km.

The new three- and five-door hatchback models come with a 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine producing 110bhp and driving through a six-speed manual gearbox.

Volkswagen has made a raft of tweaks to the Golf to turn it into a super-frugal BlueMotion model, with 63kg less weight than a standard Golf, improved aerodynamics, low rolling resistance tyres, longer gear ratios, engine stop-start system and optimised engine internals for reduced friction and increased efficiency.

The net result is claimed average fuel economy of 88.3mpg while CO2 emissions are 85g/km, qualifying the Golf for the 13% benefit-in-kind tax band.

This means company car tax of £44 a month for a base rate taxpayer and £88 a month for a 40% tax payer.

Thanks to the efficiency measures Volkswagen claims the Golf BlueMotion can cover up to 970 miles on a single tank of diesel and is exempt from road tax.

Prices start at £20,335 for the three-door model, while the five door costs £20,990 – BlueMotion specification is based on the entry-level S trim.

The S Trim is the entry level to Golf ownership and includes air con, adjustable steering wheel and body coloured bumpers.

On the downside there's steel wheels not alloys, no alarm, sat nav or cruise control.

Orders are being taken now with deliveries due in August.

To read the full VW Golf review click here.