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Volkswagen Golf GT 1.4 TSI BlueMotion Technology 3 door

Volkswagen Golf GT 1.4 TSI BlueMotion Technology 3 door

Small Family Cars

3=. Volkswagen Golf

Model/Engine size:
Volkswagen Golf GT 1.4 TSI BlueMotion Technology 3 door
Fuel:
Petrol
Fuel economy combined:
60.1 mpg
Volkswagen Golf GT 1.4 TSI BlueMotion Technology 3 door

Summary

Seven generations is a lot. The Golf has been around for a long time and with the previous six iterations going down pretty well, there must have been a few nerves, as well as expectations, when Volkswagen started developing the latest model. So has VW built on its previous successes or buckled under the weight of expectation?

At first introduction, unless you really like Golfs, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is a Mark 6 model. The kindest word for the styling approach is ‘evolutionary’. Clearly VW doesn’t want to put off previous buyers but surely there was more scope to branch out a bit? However, the interior is well judged with a high quality and well laid out dashboard fitting of the Golf’s reputation as one of the most mature small family cars.

We’re glad to report that there has been more progress on the mechanical side. Under the bonnet VW has introduced the 138 bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine with Active Cylinder Technology (ACT). In other words the engine can drop from 4 to 2 cylinders between 1,000 and 4,000 rpm to save fuel. This is a very neat solution providing 4-cylinder power when you need it and decent fuel consumption when you don’t without resorting to complicated systems.

All of this tech provides 185 lb.ft. of torque between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm but maximum power arrives at a rather strangled 4,500 rpm. To maximise the fuel economy you need to stick to the 3-door version, as unusually the 5-door Golf has been given a different official rating nudging it into a higher tax band.

The Golf remains a middle class icon with increased practicality and efficiency adding weight to the argument that it is Das Auto. However a few of the normal VW niggles remain, the biggest of which is price. The beauty of the ACT system is that it is a relatively low cost solution but if you compare the price of this model to full hybrids the numbers don’t stack up brilliantly.

Specifications

Fuel economy, extra urban:
67.3 mpg
Fuel economy, urban:
48.7 mpg
CO2 emissions:
109 g/km
Green rating:
VED band B - First year £0
Weight:
1288 Kg
Company car tax liability ( 2015/16 ):
16%
Price:
£23,195
Insurance group:
17
Power:
148 bhp
Max speed:
132 mph
0-62mph:
8.4 seconds
Euro 6:
Yes