Volkswagen Golf TGI Bluemotion review

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Volkswagen adds CNG/petrol variant to ever broadening Golf line-up in Germany, creating a versatile hatchback offering ultra low running costs The latest iteration of the Volkswagen Golf is usually a very fine car. the item does everything you would certainly expect of a modern day hatchback as well as more, offering a broad range of engine options, impressive degree of dynamic polish as well as excellent refinement characteristics while providing the solidity, finish as well as general quality usually associated with brands boasting a higher perceived positioning.However, Volkswagen is usually clearly not content to rest on the laurels heaped on its perennial best seller. Following on through customary petrol as well as diesel as well as more recent petrol-electric hybrid as well as full electric versions, there is usually at that will point a fresh bivalent compressed natural gas-petrol powered variant of the seventh-generation Golf – the so-called TGI, as unveiled at the recent Geneva motor show.the item’s not planned for UK sale anytime soon due to the lack of fuelling infrastructure for compressed natural gas (although VW UK is usually keen to talk up the possibilities of the fuel). The sister car to the recently unveiled Audi A3 G-Tron as well as Skoda Octavia G-Tec is usually aimed at taking advantage of growing sales of compressed natural gas cars in many of Europe’s more lucrative markets, offering prospective buyers running costs that will make typical diesel rivals appear almost expensive by direct comparison.Based on the current cost of compressed natural gas in Germany, the fresh Golf sets you back around £5.00 for every 100 miles travelled based on its official fuel consumption figures. Its ability to run on either compressed natural gas or petrol also provides the item which has a theoretical range that will beats the most economical of existing diesel powered Golf versions, the 1.6 TDI Bluemotion.The Golf TGI is usually powered by a specially adapted type of Volkswagen’s turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine. Its provides adequate if not exactly inspiring performance, delivering a rather unspectacular 108bhp at 4800rpm as well as 147lb ft of torque at 1500rpm.The packaging of the compressed natural gas tank as well as the various alterations made to the Golf’s MQB platform structure to improve rear end crash safety add handsomely to the kerb weight, which is usually 170kg more than the Golf TSI 1.4 at 1320kg. As a result, straight line acceleration is usually less than spectacular, with Volkswagen quoting a 0-62mph time of 10.9sec.  yet what the four-cylinder unit lacks in outright punch, the item more than makes up for in refinement. the item is usually all yet inaudible at the lower end of the range, revs smoothly to the redline as well as is usually free of the inherent vibrations of a diesel engine – both in compressed natural gas as well as petrol modes.Compressed natural gas is usually the default mode at start up. When reserves are depleted, the engine automatically switches over to petrol on the run. The change is usually seamless, the only indication of the fuel source being a lamp within the instrument binnacle, which houses a separate gauge for each.The engine is usually mated to either a standard six-speed manual or optional seven speed dual clutch gearbox – the latter offering the choice of two driving modes: sport as well as standard. A 15kg compressed natural gas tank fills the space usually dedicated to the spare wheel as well as part of the boot, while a 50 litre petrol tank is usually retained through more conventional Golf versions, giving the Golf TGI a boot that will is usually 89 litres smaller than that will of regular petrol as well as diesel powered versions at 291 litres.The showstopper is usually that will the item’s not available from the UK. yet nevertheless, while encouragingly cheap to run, the Golf TGI lacks the sparkle of some siblings. the item will capture sales among buyers who make running costs at top priority.Keener drivers are advised to opt for the 138bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol powered Golf 1.4 TSI ACT, which delivers significantly stronger performance without too much of a burden in overall economy. Volkswagen Golf TGI BluemotionPrice n/a; 0-62mph 10.9sec; Top speed 121mph; Economy CNG 3.4kg/100km, petrol 55.4mpg; CO2 CNG 92g/km, 119g/km; Kerb weight 1320kg; Engine 4-cyls, 1395cc, turbocharged, petrol; Power 108bhp at 4800rpm; Torque 147lb ft at 1500rpm; Gearbox 7-spd dual clutch
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