2010 Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion Diesel – Quick Spin – Car and Driver

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2010 Volkswagen Polo Diesel

Save the earth in 70-mpg diesel.

What Is It?

one of the most efficient five-seaters on the today. The Volkswagen Polo (BlueMotion is VW’s term for its of hyper-frugal diesel vehicles) is to be mass-market compatible, unlike fuel misers. Indeed, recently, the typical efficient in Europe, where this is soldhas been the very of a penalty box, with in the way of luxuries and barely more than an Amish buggy.

This Polo is comfortable and at has enough power to merge traffic safely.

How Does It

The Polo BlueMotion is powered by a three-cylinder turbo-diesel derived the 1.6-liter TDI four-cylinder available in the BlueMotion and Passat BlueMotion It’s equipped with a system that turns off the when stopped and restarts it the driver requests movement. at idle are reduced, and regenerative recuperates wasted energy coasting or decelerating.

Helping with efficiency, the BlueMotion incorporates a lot of weight-saving and comes in at about 2400 That’s considered lightweight days.

The tiny engine a bit harsh when you follow the indicator slavishly. Just you think the engine has reached rev levels, it suggests you upshift. VW the engine doesn’t mind, but it feeland sounda bit strange to the five-speed manual into top at 30 mph.

With 75 hp available at rpm, the Polo BlueMotion is no but there are 133 lb-ft of torque on tap at rpm. Top speed is an ungoverned 107 and VW claims a 0-to-62-mph run of 13.6 What’s perhaps best, is how little money is spent at the In the European cycle, the Polo is rated at a combined 71 mpg.

After spending considerable behind the wheel, we can confirm numbers are pretty accurate in the world. A six-speed manual make the car even more on actual roads, of course, but the is a better match for the European procedures, which won’t shifting past fifth certain parts of the cycle.

How Does It Stack Up?

If fuel were the decisive criterion, could come close to VWincluding politically correct such as the Honda Insight and Prius, which are EPA city/highway at 40/43 mpg and 51/48 mpg, Europeans might consider the larger sister models, the and Passat BlueMotion, both of are powered by a 104-hp, 1.6-liter and are rated at a respective combined 62 mpg and 53 mpg in the cycle. Both can reach a top of about 120 mph.

Where Can I Get One?

Not here, at not yet. The U.S. will get the Polo at some point, as a four-door sedan, but it’s not whether the BlueMotion model be included in the lineup. In the meantime, a Volkswagen Golf TDI if European and lofty fuel economy are on shopping list.

Pricing has yet to be but the Polo BlueMotion won’t be more than a regular TDI, which starts at in Germany, or the equivalent of about The BlueMotion trim includes alloy wheels, low-rolling-resistance fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering and an aerodynamic body kit. Oh, and light-blue seats.

It is called Blue Motion, all.

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