The new engines of the Golf 7 are more frugal, efficient and environmentally friendly it is therefore logically that the car has crowned "Car of the year".
In 2014, the new Golf 7 will have a plug-in hybrid version and another all-electric. But meanwhile, four new combustion engines are shown at the 2013 Geneva Motor show. Here they are ranked by CO2 emissions.
The green and frugal 1.6 TDI BlueMotion (85g/km)
The Golf 7 BlueMotion 1.6 TDI 110 hp is a real “camel” as it consumes only 3.2 l per 100 km in combined cycle for emissions of 85 grams of CO2 per km only. Volkswagen announce it as 14% more efficient than the previous model thanks to a weight reduction of 100 kg, technical improvements on the engine and gearbox, stop/start system and tires with low rolling resistance as standard.
Volkswagen also presents in Geneva its new wagon, Golf Variant that emits 87g of CO2 per km with the same engine and uses 3.3 l per 100 km.
Liquefied natural gas for the TGI BlueMotion (94g/km)
Volkswagen premieres a new version of its natural gas engine and a name change from "EcoFuel" to "TGI BlueMotion". It is a 1.4-liter TSI unit capable of running both on petrol or liquefied natural gas (LNG). Assisted by a 6-speed gearbox, the Golf can travel 420km on a tank of gas. Then it will consume 3.4 kg of LNG per 100km, corresponding to CO2 emissions of 94g/km. In sports driving, it goes from 0 to 100 kph in 10.7 seconds and reaches 195 kph.
Power, economy and low emissions for the Golf 7 GTD (109g/km)
Time to get sporty with the turbo-diesel GTD that combines power, economy and emissions control. Here are the numbers: the torque reaches 280Nm for 184hp, consumption is listed at 4.2 l per 100km and emissions capped to 109 g of CO2 per km. A reduction of 25g/km compared to the previous version.
The new version of the famous sporty diesel from Volkswagen Group is back in a livery 14hp more powerful claiming the 0 to 100kph in 7.5 seconds and a 230kph maximum speed.
More performance and lower emissions for the GTI (139 g/km)
Our latest protagonist is less sober, but as she made us dream when we were young… It offers a 2-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. This is the most powerful series Golf ever built with 230 hp (169 kW) against 210hp for the previous, achieving the feat to consume 18% less fuel per 100 km! Its CO2 emissions in turn are announced to 139g/km only!