Volkswagen’s challenger to Ford’s award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder is ready to hit the road. The latest derivative of the advanced EA211 engine family is now offered in the Volkswagen Golf, powering a newly-launched Golf TSI BlueMotion variant with rated fuel consumption of 4.3 l/100km, lowest ever achieved by a conventional petrol-powered Golf.
Paired with either 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG transmissions, both of which yield identical rated fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions (99 g/km) the turbocharged direct injected three-pot generates outputs of 114hp and 200Nm, comparable to naturally-aspirated 1.8-litre engines and good-enough to propel the car to a top speed of 204kph.
This engine-drivetrain combo is also being offered in other body styles of the Golf, albeit with slightly higher consumption on account of their heavier bodies. With a manual gearbox, the Golf Estate matches the hatchback’s 4.3 l/100 km consumption, but DSG-fitted cars sip slightly more at 4.5 l/100 km. For the Golf Sportsvan, meanwhile, the figures are 4.5 (manual) and 4.6 l/100 km (DSG).
In Germany, the Golf TSI BlueMotion costs €20,450 – the lowest among all BlueMotion-badged Golfs. Standard features in Trendline trim include air conditioning, seven airbags, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, XDS electronic differential lock, start/stop system with brake energy recovery, model-specific rear spoiler in body colour, sport suspension (body is 15 mm lower) and BlueMotion 15-inch “Lyon” wheels.