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Golf TDI BlueMotion diesel achieves 2.92 l/100 km (80.6 mpg US) in real-world drive

On a 1,602-kilometer (995-mile) DEKRA-supervised test run from Nantes to Copenhagen, a Golf TDI BlueMotion, equipped with the 81 kW/109 hp TDI engine used only 2.92 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (80.6 mpgUS). The distance between the two cities was completed with a single tankful.

The highly varied route of the trip led from Nantes in the West of France, the “European Green Capital 2013”, via Paris, Antwerp, Bremen and Hamburg to the Danish capital Copenhagen, situated on the Baltic, “European Green Capital 2014”. The “Think Blue. Eco Ride.” showed that the standard consumption figure based on the NEDC driving cycle,—already extremely low at 3.2 l/100 km (73.5 mpgUS) and 85 grams of CO2 per kilometer, can be beaten.

Drivers from the Volkswagen Driving Experience succeeded in reaching the verified value of 2.92 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers in normal traffic over a driving time of 20 hours and 45 minutes. The standard 50-liter (13.2 gallons US) tank was filled in Nantes, where it was sealed by a DEKRA inspector. At the end of the trip, 46.92 liters (12.4 gallons US) of diesel were filled into the same tank under the supervision of the same inspector.

The is one of the technical highlights of the Golf family. Like all the other Golf models, the Golf TDI BlueMotion has a standard start-stop system and regenerative braking mode. In addition, the perfected aerodynamics, the low weight of the vehicle, the modified six-speed manual gearbox and especially the tires, which have been optimized for low rolling resistance, contribute to the high efficiency of the Golf TDI BlueMotion.



By this kind of fuel efficiency, "Big Oil" can opt to raise the price of diesel to $8,50 per gallon.
Personally, I don't care how efficient fuel guzzlers get to be, no one messes with the price of electric power coming from my roof top.


I might be interrested to buy in 2025 but the price here in north-america of a diesel is way more then an equivalent gasoline engine, so im not that enthusiastic.


Good going VW.

A 100+ mpg ICEV small car becomes a strong possibility?


80 mpg on a long run with professional drivers is good, but leaves room for improvement.
While this is an impressive achievement, I doubt "real" drivers could achieve this, although they might get 65-70 mpg if they laid off the gas and keep it under 100kph as much as possible.

The golf blue motion is already so good, I wonder what they will do next ?
The could continue with hybridisation which would help with city driving, but this would add cost and weight.

Maybe they could offer 2 versions: city and country.

The country would be diesel ICE only, the city would have hybridisation as well.
or 3 versions, and add a PHEV as well.

Anyway, well done VW.

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