|→ The premium class Volkswagen model combines the design elements of a sports car with the elegance and space of a gran turismo.|
→ The top of the range 2.0 TSI engine with 206kW power output sprints from 0-100km in just 5.6 seconds.
→ Numerous innovative technology, driver assistance and convenience systems are making
→ Extended wheelbase in relationship to the overall length offers excellent space in the Arteon.
The totally new developed model emphasises emotionality in the premium class. In addition to a new and emotive outline, Volkswagen is also introducing with the Arteon a highly expressive, horizontally accentuated brand look. The bars of the radiator grille extend into the three-dimensional front headlights, while LED lighting elements additionally emphasise the striking layout and demonstrate dominance. The five-door gran tourismo impresses through revolutionary design and great practical value in use. While the doors’ frameless windows reflect the typical stylistic elements of a grand tourer,the top-hinged and wide-opening tailgate provides optimum access to the huge boot.
The name Arteon – with the emphasis put on the first syllable – is made up of two component parts: ‘Art’ describes the fastback’s harmonious lines and emotionality. The ending ‘eon’ identifies it, in the same way as Volkswagen’s top model for the Chinese market, the Phideon, as a premium model.
The Arteon is Volkswagen’s top passenger model and the new Volkswagen gran turismo is produced at the German plant in Emden.
Combining avant-garde design with a high level of versatility was the key objective for designers and developers of the Arteon. This resulted in an interior architecture which is exceptionally spacious – with ample head and leg room at all seats – which is extraordinary for this body form. Key design elements of the charismatic Arteon include its completely new front end, in which the LED headlights and daytime running lights merge with the chrome-plated crossbars of the radiator grille and the bonnet. The car’s remarkable shoulder section is another defining feature of its design. The five-seat Arteon is an ideal avant-garde alternative – a car for people who want a five-door fastback with an accomplished, elegant design and progressive technology.
Other equipment features making their debut in the Arteon include the latest generation of driver assistance systems. Interesting features have been added that are typically reserved for luxury vehicles. This unique combination makes the Arteon one of the most attractive products in its segment.
The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupé-style fastback design and a large rear hatch, this gran turismo provides more space and flexibility than conventional saloons.
Perfect proportions. The new Arteon is based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). This configuration naturally creates space. A long wheelbase of 2,841 mm spans the two axles. Accordingly, the body overhangs of the 4,862 mm long fastback model are short and concise. The Arteon is
1,871 mm wide and 1,427 mm tall. These dimensional relationships deliver truly dynamic proportions – a visual starting point for Volkswagen designers.
Charismatic Arteon exhudes dynamism. One of the most important design elements of the charismatic new Arteon is the front section. Stand-out features include a bonnet that extends a long way forward and partially over both wings and a radiator grille that encompasses the vehicle’s full width. The LED headlights and daytime running lights, fitted as standard, combine with the chrome-plated cross-bars of the radiator grille and bonnet. The result is a front-end design that would be a match even for a high-calibre sports car.
Pure sporting doctrine. Designed in the style of a sports car are the striking and powerful shoulder sections at the rear, the muscular wings and the flared wheel arches above the up-to-20-inch alloy wheels. Seen in silhouette between the axles is a waistline that also follows a pure sports car design doctrine.
Innovative, economical and perfectly suited to everyday use. The Arteon is re-interpreting the ‘gran turismo’ concept with its combination of
avant-garde design, sporty charisma, great flexibility and generous space. Further aspects that would be considered plus points in any vehicle class include excellent rear legroom and luggage space. On the technical front, the new Volkswagen impresses with two highly efficient engines, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, plus digitalised displays and controls. Further features include an Active Info Display (fully digital and programmable instruments), a head-up display and the new Discover Pro infotainment system with a 9.2-inch glass screen and gesture control.
Interactive assistance systems. The Arteon’s innovative driver assistance and convenience systems match its avant-garde concept. Thanks to the navigation system’s GPS and road data, the new dynamic cornering lights with predictive beam control anticipate when a bend is approaching and illuminate it before the driver actively turns into the bend.
Two lines facilitate a high degree of personalisation. Despite its progressive concept, the Arteon is a car available at an attractive price with a high degree of value. The gran turismo will be available in two exclusive equipment lines: the ‘Elegance’ and ‘R-Line’. The name says it all. The standard configuration of the Arteon Elegance is focused primarily on the fusion of sophisticated styling and premium luxury. The Arteon R-Line, meanwhile, puts sportiness and premium class equipment at the heart of the vehicle’s configuration – as is typical of all Volkswagen R-Line models.
Based on the different orientations of these two equipment lines, the fastback model presents two vastly different personas. The range of standard equipment on R-Line includes features such as a panoramic sunroof, Air Care Climatronic 3-zone climate control, front sport seats with massage functionality and Nappa leather/Carbon style interior.
Dynamic proportions as ideal foundation. The new Arteon sits on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). Transverse stands here for engines that are transversely mounted in the front. This creates space. A long wheelbase of 2,841 mm spans between the two axles. Accordingly, the body overhangs of the 4,862 mm long fastback model are short and concise. The Arteon is 1,427 mm high and 1,871 mm wide. These dimensional interrelationships deliver truly dynamic proportions – a visual starting point for Volkswagen designers.
The design of the Arteon develops from the front end. Design overcomes class barriers. Viewing the Arteon’s front end without focusing on the details, the first impression is that of a dynamic gran turismo that borders on being both a sports model and a saloon – a gran turismo. But as soon as the details are considered it becomes clear how expressive and logical, harmonious and precise the design is. That is because good design is no accident. Rather, it is a symbiosis of creativity, precision and a high level of handcrafting art. In the case of a car, there is the added challenge that breathtaking ideas also need to be industrially viable. In the Arteon, these parameters merge into a gran turismo whose design overcomes class barriers.
Bonnet like that of a sports car. The overall car design develops from the active bonnet (with integrated safety mechanism for pedestrian protection) and the interconnected grille. The fact is that in the automotive world, a bonnet that extends over the entire front end up to the wheel arches is primarily a feature of classic sports cars. “It is one of the largest bonnets in the entire Volkswagen Group”, according to Tobias Sühlmann. The Volkswagen exterior designer explains further: “It is really like that of a sports car. When you open the bonnet you see the wheel housing shells.
That is unconventional for a car of this type.“
LEDs and radiator grille merge. All of the contoured lines of the bonnet are extended to the radiator grille – and vice versa. The grille, in turn, emphasises the significant width of the Arteon in its cross-slats. There is no Volkswagen radiator grille that is wider or deeper than the one on this gran turismo – it is the ‘face’ of a new Volkswagen generation. The upper cross-bars enclose the LED headlights, and they simultaneously use finely integrated LED light conductors to perform the functions of daytime running lights and position lights, and, in the R-Line version version, the indicator function. The lighting elements, radiator grille and bonnet now form one harmonious unit. The bonnet, which extends slightly over the LED headlights makes a tremendous contribution towards the superior qualities of the front-end design. The bonnet lip runs over the headlights while continuing the lines of the radiator grille further into the sides and to the rear of the Arteon. On the sides, the sharp bonnet lines over the wheel wells give the Arteon an extremely low and sporty look.
Side profile of a superior gran turismo. Elegant, low, coupé-like. “We have a line”, says Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen Head of Design, “that runs through the entire car and brings the volume of the Arteon even closer to the ground. This line starts in the radiator grille at the front and runs cleanly over the side profile and into the tail lights.” On the car’s sides it creates what is known as the character line. At the rear, it develops into a sharp undercut, which visually reduces the Arteon’s height and carries the strong shoulder section upwards. Above this, there is the long line of windows (known as a DLO – daylight opening) that extends into the C pillar. The door windows themselves are frameless, while the DLO is surrounded by an elegant chrome frame. The DLO gives the Arteon an elegant, low and coupé-like look together with the character line that runs from the bonnet rearwards into the tail lights.
Rear section follows styling of a classic sports car. The shoulder section is athletic and muscular. Viewed from the rear, it is easy to see just how dominant the shoulder sections of this fastback are. The muscular form stretches to the side and into the rear bodywork. From a slightly elevated perspective this produces a rear end design which, in its lines – a coupé-shaped glasshouse (roof and glass surfaces) on strong flanks – follows the example of a classic sports car and yet offers the volume of a business class gran turismo. Also creating a powerful image from this perspective is the striking width of the Arteon. Creating an unmistakable design at night are the concise LED tail lights with a dynamic indicator function.
Very expressive colours. The styling lines of the Arteon are as precise as they are dynamic, and they are accentuated by many new exterior body colours. These include the distinctive hues “Curcuma Yellow”,
“Atlantic Blue” and “Chili Red”. Fitting in well with the progressive character of the Arteon is “Curcuma Yellow”, for instance – a colour inspired by a sense of lightness and sunshine, and which accentuates the sporty character of the new gran turismo.
Digital cockpit environment. The clean design, high level of ergonomic efficiency and numerous interactive interfaces between human and machine create a calm, elegant and progressive atmosphere in the new Arteon. The interactive and digitalised interfaces include optional
high-tech features such as the Active Info Display which is standard on the
R-Line (fully digitalised instruments) and a head-up display. Volkswagen has developed new infotainment systems (6.5 to 9.2 inch). The new top system, the Discover Pro, has a tablet-like glass surface. It manages its tasks efficiently, and entirely without analogue buttons. The 9.2-inch display is also equipped with intuitive gesture control.
Air vent band as a design statement. The way in which a line, designed as a single visual unit of the dashboard and door shoulders, appears to wrap around the five passengers like a cocoon is unconventional and unique. The horizontally oriented dashboard transitions homogeneously into the front door trim panels. The team, led by Volkswagen Head of Interior Design, Tomasz Bachorski, designed the dashboard with a simplified layout that runs in a straight line with a clean and iconic design. The central design element of the dashboard is an innovative air vent – designed as a functional yet decorative element – that extends across the entire width of the interior like a band. This impression is completed by fine chrome trim strips on the vent louvres, which create a visual link to the cross-bars of the newly developed Arteon radiator grille.
Elegant ambient lighting. Beneath the air vent and a decorative panel there is an extremely low-profile ambient lighting strip that continues into the doors. Its wrap-around lighting effect defines the space and creates a soothing and pleasant ambience. The centre console fits in well with the Arteon’s avant-garde and sporty character. It ascends steeply towards the dashboard, as in a sports car, where it meets the climate controls and the latest generation infotainment systems. Ambient lighting is standard on the R-Line model in blue, white and orange.
Best in class legroom. In front, the driver and front passenger benefit from the excellent package provided by the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB); a lot of space is created by the transversely mounted engine and the front axle that is forward positioned. The long wheelbase of 2,841 mm is therefore used to create very spacious premium class accommodation for rear passengers. Consider legroom, for instance: the figure of 1,016 mm attained here is the best in the competitive set. Rear headroom is also excellent thanks to the long roof. The two outer seat positions have the visual and ergonomic character of individual seats.
Colour & Trim. Sportiness and elegance are the dominant aspects of the Arteon. The Colour & Trim design area has also co-ordinated its selection of materials and colours to these aspects in the interior of this gran turismo. Two interior colour themes (black, dark grey and a combination of dark and light grey) match the range of exterior colours. In the Elegance, you get Titanium Black seats, instrument panel and carpets with a Mistral Grey headliner. In the R-Line, you get Titanium Black seats, instrument panel, carpets and headliner.
Safety systems – interactive technologies. The Arteon’s innovative driver assistance and convenience systems match its progressive overall concept.
The new or further developed systems are:
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking; the latest generation now also integrates speed limits (camera based) and navigation data into its control.
Active Bonnet; In the event of a collision with a pedestrian or cyclist, the active bonnet of the new Arteon is raised in a matter of seconds. This occurs once a message from the relevant sensors has been sent to the airbag control unit. This initiates the ignition of the pyrotechnic actuators, which, in turn, raise the active hinges in a matter of seconds. By triggering this hinge, the end of the bonnet next to the windscreen lifts up by around 60 mm, which increases the deformation space across very hard parts of the cylinder block and provides a cushion in the event of a collision, particularly for the victim’s head – this is standard across the range.
Head-up Display; The head-up display brings important driving information into your field of vision: directly in front of the
windscreen – this feature is optional across the range.
Park Pacakage with Area View; Area View makes use of cameras positioned around the vehicle to create a 360 degree birds-eye view on the infotainment system display.
Efficient TSI and TDI engines. The new Arteon is launching with two turbocharged direct fuel injection engines. All of the engines have four cylinders. The diesel engine delivers 130kW while the powerful TSI delivers 206kW.
Dual clutch gearbox for all versions. All of the engines are only available with an automated dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The TSI engine also has 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard. The diesel models have front-wheel drive. Dynamic Chassic Control is standard across the range.
Diesel engine. The four-cylinder diesel 2.0 TDI with 130kW power output has 350 Nm of torque that is available between 1 608and 3 500rpm. The combined fuel consumption is 5.6 litres per 100 kilometers. The engine is available with a 6-speed DSG transmission.
Petrol engine. The top of the range petrol engine is the 2.0 TSI with 206kW power output. It has 350 Nm of torque that is available from 1 700 up to
5 600 rpm. The 0-100km/h sprint is achieved in 5.6 seconds and has top speed of 250km/h. The combined fuel consumption is 7.3 litres per
100 kilometres. The 206kW engine is only available with a 7-speed DSG transmission.
Equipment lines of the Arteon – elegant and sporty. The gran turismo will be available in two exclusive equipment lines: the ‘Elegance’ and ‘R-Line’. The standard configuration of the Arteon Elegance is focused primarily on sophisticated and classic styling features. The Arteon R-Line, meanwhile, puts sportiness even more at the heart of the vehicle’s configuration – as is typical of all Volkswagen R-Line models.
The Arteon Elegance has the standard specifications:
The Arteon R-Line, in addition, includes the following features:
New Arteon Prices (VAT and emissions tax included)
2.0 TDI 130kW Elegance DSG R599 900
2.0 TDI 130 kW R-Line DSG R649 900
2.0 TSI 206kW R-Line 4MOTION DSG R699 900
The new Arteon comes standard with a 5 year/90 000km Maintenance Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty, 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and space saver spare wheel. Service Interval is 15 000km.
With 193 343 units sold since its market introduction in March 2010, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo Hatch has been the best-selling passenger model in South Africa for the past seven years.
Being the only locally built model in the competitive A0 segment, the Polo Vivo has been a dominant brand in the entry-level hatch segment in spite of the new models being launched on a regular basis and with an even greater offering in the new Polo Vivo, the model is once again set to be the best-seller in this segment. Polo Vivo’s key product attributes such as affordability, German build quality, safety, space and comfort have a set an unparalleled benchmark in the segment.
Polo Vivo has had the class-leading residual value in its segment in the used car market. The cost of ownership over a 3-year cycle makes Polo Vivo one of the most affordable cars to own in the South African market.
Nearly 76% of Polo Vivo parts are sourced from local suppliers. This ensures that parts remain affordable and contribute to the overall low cost of ownership and applies to both the outgoing and incoming models.
The new Polo Vivo is offered in a hatch body version.
The new Polo Vivo is based on the fifth-generation Polo which has been enhanced both visually and technically. The driver assistance and infotainment systems as well as the new TSI engine now available with a 6-speed manual transmission, have taken the new Polo Vivo to another level.
Visually, the new Polo Vivo can be identified by a sharper front and rear design. In addition, the new model introduces fresh colours, new interior materials and new specifications.
The new Polo Vivo model range will be launched with three equipment lines, Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The hatch body version is also available in a top of the range GT derivative.
The Trendline, Comfortline and Highline have new interior trims which add exciting ambience and feel into the cabin of the new Polo Vivo. A new gear knob with leatherette gearshift has been introduced. Comfortline, Highline and GT derivatives now have a height adjustable driver seat.
For in-car entertainment, new Polo Vivo customers have an option of Radio 140G SD/USB/Bluetooth with four speakers (standard on Trendline and Comfortline). Highline and GT get two extra speakers for sound enhancement as well as the Colour Touchscreen Radio 340G which includes App-Connect.
Active and passive standard safety features have been enhanced in the new Polo. ABS, alarm and remote central locking are standard features across the range. Front fog lights are a standard feature in Comfortline, Highline and GT derivatives.
Volkswagen Polo Vivo has a generous and practical boot space when it comes to transporting luggage. For the hatch body version, the boot has luggage volume of 280 liters and with folded rear bench seat, it increases to
This sophisticated design of the Polo Vivo with its clean lines is precise and sharper. The new Polo Vivo is 3,972mm long, 1,682mm wide and 1,462mm tall.
Front end. The front-end design has a much more three-dimensional and sporty look due to its redesigned bumper and larger lower air intake.
Rear section. In the rear bumper area, the car’s width is emphasised by styling cues, including a cleaner horizontal layout and a wider cut-out for the licence plate. The trapezoidal outer contour of this area extends towards the rear wheels, which creates a more dynamic tension of surfaces. The rear reflectors, now embedded in the bumper, also give the visual impression of greater width. The rear lights were also redesigned.
Side profile. From the side, the new Polo can be differentiated by the new alloy wheels. The wheel line-up consists of the standard steel wheels for the Polo Trendline and Comfortline (14 inch) and optional 15-inch ‘Estrada’ alloy wheel, 16 inch ‘Rivazza’ for the Polo Highline and the 17-inch ‘Mirabeau’ alloy wheel which comes standard in the top of the range GT model.
Body colours. The new Polo Vivo is available in the following body colours:
Base –Flash Red and Pure White.
Metallic –Reflex Silver, Reef Blue and Limestone Grey.
Pearlescent – Deep Black .
New layout of instruments and centre console. Many new ergonomic and visual improvements have been made inside the latest Polo Vivo. Aside from the three-spoke steering wheel, the new instrument cluster look catches the eye immediately; the instruments are in typical Volkswagen design language.
New radio systems. Located on the next control level of the centre console is the infotainment system, which is ideally positioned in the field of view. The new Polo Vivo now gets Volkswagen’s “modular infotainment system” (MIB) radio system.
Modern engines for driving enjoyment and fuel efficiency
The new Polo Vivo model range is offered with three four-cylinder petrol engines, 1.4, 1.6 liters and one three-cylinder TSI engine. The power output of the four-cylinder engines range from 55 kW to 77 kW. These engines are available with 5-speed manual transmissions as standard. The Tiptronic transmission is available with the
77kW 1.6 engine, while the top of the range GT comes with the 1.0TSI 81kW engine in 6-speed manual.
1.4 delivering 55kW – Trendline
The entry engine in the Polo Vivo model range is the 1.4-liter with the 55 kW power output available 4800rpm. This engine has ample power and torque for dynamic and everyday driving. From 3750rpm, the engine peaks at 130 Nm. In addition to its lively performance, the 1.4-liter engine has impressive fuel consumption of 5.7 liters per 100 kilometres.
1.4 delivering 63kW – Comfortline
The Comfortline has 1.4 63kW engine with 132 Nm of torque available at 3750rpm. Its average fuel consumption is 5.9 l/100km.
1.6 delivering 77kW – Comfortline Tiptronic, Highline
The 77 kW 1.6-liter engine is offered with 6-speed manual as well as in automatic (Tiptronic) transmission. With 153Nm of torque at 3800rpm, this engine delivers lively performance. It only takes 10.8 seconds to reach 100km/h and has top speed of 188km/h. On average, it has combined fuel consumption of 6.2 (6.1 for Tiptronic) liters for every 100 kilometres.
1.0 TSI delivering 81 kW – GT
With a top speed of 196 km/h, the 1.0 litre 81 kW engine offers exciting performance. The 200 Nm torque is available at 2000rpm. The performance has not compromised fuel consumption. The 81 kW engine has an impressive claimed fuel consumption of 4.6 liters per 100 kilometres.
POLO VIVO HATCH
STANDARD AND OPTIONAL FEATURES
Perfectly packaged to meet people’s needs
The new Polo Vivo Hatch is offered in Trendline, Comfortline, Comfortline Tiptronic, Highline and GT.
Here is an overview of standard and optional features:
Safety and Security
Same standard features as Trendline plus:
Same standard features as Trendline plus:
Same features as Trendline plus:
Same standard features as Highline plus:
Polo Vivo Hatch will be available in six colours.
SERVICE & WARRANTY
The Volkswagen Polo Vivo Hatch comes standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 6-year Anti Corrosion warranty.
A Volkswagen Automotion Maintenance Plan as well as a Volkswagen Automotion Service Plan are available as options.
The service interval is 15 000 km.
BARONS WESTERN CAPE 2018 VW POLO HATCH / VW POLO VIVO HATCH LAUNCH
The Challenge, now entering its fifth year, will set out on 21st May at 04h30 from the Tsogo Sun Southern Sun Waterfront hotel in Cape Town. Eleven cyclists, brought together from all over South Africa and the world, will cycle to Pietermaritzburg over the ten days preceding the Comrades Marathon, and then run the world’s oldest and largest ultramarathon from Durban the very next day, 31st May.
If you’re wondering where this idea to cycle over 1700km to and then run the iconic 90km ultramarathon originated, it is a tribute to Phil Masterton-Smith, nicknamed ‘Unogwaja’ or ‘Hare’ in Zulu. Phil, the youngest ever Comrades winner, completed this feat in 1933 when he could not afford the train fare to get to the start of the Comrades.
This demonstration of one man’s determination and commitment has inspired a movement that seeks to nourish hope and facilitate empowerment in South Africa: The Unogwaja Challenge. The primary focus of this unique biathlon is raising funds for chosen charities.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Barons Volkswagen Group based in the Western Cape, Gauteng, and KwaZulu-Natal will provide six vehicles for the 2015 journey, four Amarok Double Cabs, a Transporter Crew Bus and Transporter Panel Van.
John McInroy, founding member of Unogwaja, says of this partnership: “This is massive for our journey and could not have come at a better time. Not only do we have six top-class vehicles which will help us significantly on the road, but we have formed a meaningful partnership with one of the most forward-thinking brands in our country who believe and support our vision. I could not be more excited. The greatest way we can show our gratitude to Volkswagen and Barons is through progressing the impact of our mission: to be the agents of hope and meaningful change in our beautiful country.”
Last year the Unogwaja Challenge raised over a R1,2 million for charity and this year have set the target at an ambitious R2 million. Learn more at www.unogwajachallenge.com.
Jaco Steenekamp, General Manager: Sales and Marketing of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said, “The responsibility for positive change lies with each and every one of us and it can only be realized through determined action any way we can. Volkswagen has always been about People, and our Commercial Vehicles specifically are always up for a tough challenge so partnership with the Unogwaja Challenge is a perfect fit.”
Brett Rowlands, Franchise Executive at Barloworld Motor Retail responsible for Barons in the Western Cape, mirrors these sentiments: “Barons prides itself on being ‘The Volkswagen People’ so this remarkable story resonates with our company values. We are looking forward to supporting John and his team during this inspirational journey and to enable them to focus their energies on their important social mission.”
As an initiative that spans the globe, Unogwaja is excited to have such great Global and South African brands as Volkswagen, Barloworld and Barons stand up and get behind it.
For further info, including interviews with John McInroy, Jaco Steenekamp and Brett Rowlands please contact Danielle email@example.com
The modern obsession automotive manufacturers have developed with fuel efficiency in recent years has led to massive improvements in fuel economy figures and CO2 emissions across all fields. Automotive technology, which was once benchmarked by performance and power, is now measure in equal measure by efficiency.
At the cutting edge of this wave is Volkswagen with its BlueMotion Golf. BlueMotion is a regenerative braking technology and auto stop/start system you’ll find on all Volkswagens carrying the BlueMotion badge, but it is also the flagship Golf 7 in Volkswagens fleet when it comes to efficiency.
The previous generation Golf 6 BlueMotion was lauded for its fuel economy, now the Golf 7 1.6-litre TDI is capable, Volkswagen say, of returning a fuel economy figure of 3.2 L/100 km (in ideal conditions of course) on the combined cycle. And a CO2 figure of 85 g/km.
The Golf BlueMotion was previewed in Concept form in Paris last year and it was shown off again, but now in full production guise, in Geneva last month. By returning 3.2 L/100 km the Golf BlueMotion is now better than Volkswagen’s own three-cylinder Polo BlueMotion from 2010.
The Golf has a 50 litre tank and a theoretical range of 1 500 km. Providing power to the wheels is an 82 kW 1.6-litre TDI engine from the new EA288 family. The 16-valve engine delivers 250 Nm of torque as well.
Various weight saving measures (it’s now 63 kg lighter), engine tweaks (reduced engine friction), super low rolling resistance tyres, longer gear ratios in the manual transmission and specific aerodynamic modifications (amounting to 10% less drag) are to thank for the remarkable fuel efficiency.
The roof spoiler, lateral air guide elements on the rear window, a masked front grille and a 15 mm lower ride height all add up in this regard. This proves that sportiness and efficiency are in many ways grounded on both sides of the same coin.
Even if we take away the usual 15% discrepancy to get a figure more akin to real world driving, the Golf 7 BlueMotion is still near to the 4.5 L/100 km mark on the combined economy cycle and that is very impressive.