Alright folks. More news on affordable cars for you esteemed readers to digest. Volkswagen has just launched the 140ps Polo BlueGT over at the Geneva Motor Show. The Volkswagen Polo BlueGT is the Polo that sits in between the Volkswagen Polo 1.2TSI (105ps) and the Polo GTI (180ps). It therefore is the middle child in terms of power but one that actually more economical than both its siblings.
Volkswagen has basically combined its BlueMotion Technology (Stop/Start & battery regeneration systems) onto the 1.4liter TSI petrol engine found in the Polo GTI albeit with a slightly lower state of tune (140ps instead of 180ps) and the addition of cylinder deactivation system (Active Cylinder Management – ACT in VW talk), which is being introduced for the first time in a Volkswagen. The outcome of this marriage of the smallish 1.4liter engine and all that eco-technology has basically allowed the car to be very efficient. A really efficient almost hot-hatch. It is more efficient that the Honda CRZ (above) which is a sleek coupe and a hybrid too.
And how efficient is that you may ask? A Volkswagen Polo 1.2TSI has a combined fuel consumption of about 5.3l/100km. A Volkswagen Polo BlueGT achieves just 4.7l/100km if its a manual and 4.5l/100km if it is equipped with the 7speed DSG transmission. And as it has 140ps, it also allows any lead footed driver to hit 100km/h from a standstill in 7.9seconds and onwards to a top speed of 210km/h – which is actually fast enough for the Polo in my opinion (narrow chassis which makes the Polo feel slightly nervous at high speeds).
It looks like the future of the petrol engine is quite bright. Great fuel economy and low carbon emissions (108g/km of CO2) without the need of a hybrid system. If you wanted proof, the hybrid Honda CRZ gets only 5l/100km and 117g/km. So this car is more economical and would certainly get you home faster than the CRZ, which would only reach 100km/h from 0 in about 9.9seconds and a top speed of about 200km/h (give or take a few kilometers). The only plus point for the CRZ is its looks, and the fact that it does remind me of a grown up Honda CRX.
But car like the Volkswagen Polo BlueGT still gives us Petrolheads hope for a brighter, more affordable petrol-powered future. Doesn't it? Volkswagen states that the car goes on sale in Europe in July. Hopefully it arrives in this region soon after that.
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