Volkswagen Golf BlueeMotion review (2012 prototype) MSN Cars UK

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Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion

Volkswagen Golf Blue-e-Motion (2012 prototype)


— Volkswagen Golf

Where — Fleet,

Date — July

Price — Not for sale

— 2014 (in Golf Mk7

We like: it’s a Golf, an electric car: combine the two and you get a convincing eco car indeed


The VW Golf is the best-selling car in Europe. by a margin. It offers something for including family-friendly petrol high-mileage diesel expresses, the Golf GTI. the specialist R. an estate, a convertible — a Bluemotion model with fuel economy.

So it is only that Volkswagen is now planning to an all-electric Golf, called Choosing to convert an existing instead of designing a ground-up car the Nissan LEAF, the firm this is the best way to bring EV motoring quickly, acceptably and

A test mule based on Golf Mk6

The car you see here isn’t the product. It’s a test based on today’s Golf The production electric Golf be based on the all-new Golf 7 to be at the Paris Motor Show in the Golf EV will arrive in and go on sale in the UK by 2014.

The ‘mechanical’ setup follows the EV template: electric motor in the lithium ion batteries stored the rear seat, in the space the exhaust normally goes, and the boot floor: improvements in tech means the latter set be necessary come production.

In of design, it follows the stock template: apart from the of an exhaust pipe, there is to mark it out as being an electric Again, this is on purpose: VW EV drivers don’t want to out, in marked contrast to bespoke approach with the

And for those who aren’t convinced, 80 Blue-e-Motions have already tested by individuals and businesses in last year. Average mileage? 18 miles. Range of the Golf? 90 miles.

Six out of 10 German commute by car and the Golf Blue-e-Motion is for the majority’.


VW boasts the Golf has almost as much power as the Golf GTI — and the turbo hot hatch, it’s instantly here. How you feel on the road through surging, drive that would scrabble the front wheels if the ESP control didn’t kick in.

The electric motor produces 10hp more than a Bluemotion diesel, and feels stronger in town because of all torque (15lb ft more the eco diesel). The surge does off with speed though: the Blue-e-Motion weighs 135kg than a regular Golf, has a big effect.


VW has really about this setup Many electric cars battery charging when you off the throttle, and the intensity of this can be mild or severe. The Golf EV, allows you to alter the intensity, by steering wheel paddles operating the DSG gearbox.

Less means a greater ability to more regen means the car down more strongly you lift off, enough to substitute for using the brakes. a really clever feature will allow smart to extend their battery further — and also keen drivers!

This bit is the complicated part

This bit is the most complicated of operating it. With two pedals and a gearshifter, the Golf Blue-e-Motion is like any other automatic to drive. No special instructions issued during our test: were needed.

It’s not at low speeds like most cars, though. To help safety, VW has installed a sound which operates at speeds 22mph. It’s speed so the tone rises as you accelerate and the noise is just like a V8!

Let’s hope it makes

Ride and handling

No surprises it feels just like a Stable, safe and secure: the is a bit firmer, due to stiffer suspension offsets the extra weight, but refinement remains near-executive car With the absence of noise the engine, it feels even luxurious on the move.

The different distribution — less up more in the back — it handles slightly differently. more front-end bite and it to thread through bends neatly. You can feel the greater at the rear but it doesn’t hinder

Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion



The clues this is an electric car are hard to Again, VW has kept it as familiar as a Golf — but for some differences. On the centre console, for there is a button marked which switches between or a lower-power, air con-denied ‘Range’ to maximise the capacity of the batteries.

The rev is replaced by a power % dial swings round in response to position. A ‘distance remaining’ replaces the temperature gauge and a charge capacity replaces the gauge: VW offers two ways of remaining range to inform as much as possible. The displays are mobile phone style, on the central display screen.

The of the motor is subdued

Refinement is The Golf is already a very car: remove the engine and it into a Mercedes S-Class. The of the sound generator intrudes a at low speed, but this is pleasant than objectionable, and the high-speed of the electric motor is subdued.

The is smaller on this pre-production due to the additional battery pack VW says won’t be needed on cars. It means the boot be much smaller than the car — factor in uncompromised practicality for a car just as supremely as the regular Golf hatch.

Economy and safety

The electric has a range of ‘over 90 miles’ on conditions and driving style. A charge takes eight VW fits the new ‘Combined Charging setup that allows charging via a standardised plug. there are two charge points: one the fuel filler flap and one the VW badge on the grille.

In the interests of conservation, VW has limited the top speed to Pressing the range-extender button on the also caps power to and the top speed to 59mph. A smartphone app battery charge and lets you the cabin climate remotely, the Golf is still plugged in to the

Obviously, it’s range-limited. All cars are. But it also out zero tailpipe emissions, is what’s essential in smoke-choked

Given how 78% of drivers cover or less each day, the huge environment benefits be to offset the apparently groundless anxiety worries?

The MSN Cars verdict

The electric Blue-e-Motion is not, in action, a The electric drive is extremely maybe even preferable to a diesel for some, but the car itself not turn heads or signal the of a futuristic motoring era.

exactly what VW intended. is a Golf first, an electric car Europeans love the regular car but love electric cars The hope is this will their perceptions.

As it’s so even in pre-production form, we bet against it.

Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion
Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion
Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion
Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion
Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion

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