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VW Golf Blue-e-motion (2013) CAR

By Chris Chilton


19 August 2010 09:36

A VW Blue-e-motion? Fuelled by kangaroo is it?

No, ya great galah, it’s by electricity. The Golf Blue-e-motion is a for the Nissan Leaf rival be able to buy from Volkswagen in 2013.

CAR drove the electric in the world’s biggest e-rally for a in the new Green CAR, a free supplement in the new September 2010 of CAR Magazine. Click here for a digital preview .

The electric Mini has no back (as opposed to almost none in the car). Is the Golf similarly

Apart from the battery – a modest 90 miles – it’s as as any other Golf. The motor is up where the engine would be and the are hidden under the floorpan and floor, so to look at and sit in, there is no difference.

Even the cabin the same, at a glance. The gearstick is the DSG item but a power gauge the rev counter and the fuel and temperature by clocks showing how much is left and what range will give.

But of course totally silent

Well not totally silent, a fairly high-pitched hum from the at moderate speeds. VW’s claim they’ll be able to it before it goes on sale, but not get rid of it altogether. But that won’t be a problem because it’ll be by one of the synthetic sounds Volkswagen is on.

So how does it compare with a Golf to drive?

Not too dissimilar. The hardware weighs slightly than a diesel engine and box but the on this car is stock Bluemotion so the handling isn’t quite as But it’s nothing that careful suspension tuning sort.

As for the drivetrain, it’s The throttle response is crisp being over eager, the torque output pushes it up like a bobsleigh on rewind, and the is incredible compared with engines.

But the clever trick is the multi-stage braking. Lift off the throttle the gearlever in ‘D’ and you get no engine braking at all. Tug it back to ‘S’ and you get an extremely effect that’s great for down steep hills you soon realise that you need to use the brakes at all (a good job this test car’s massively oversensitive – another issue, we’re assured).

Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion

of just coming fully out of the as a corner appears, you ease it with the same sensitivity you use when pressing it down to go.

As an option though buyers be able to pay for DSG-style paddles the wheel, allowing them to between different levels of regeneration to suit different at the flick of a finger.

But a 90-mile Why on earth would I buy one over a or one of the new small turbocharged petrol

Until the UK gets its electric car in place (it’s happening as we then that range be an issue. The reality is that it be fine for the distances most cover day to day, but you’re locked to your own town. to visit relatives or holiday at the end of the country?

Better take the train.

But in respect, the Golf is no less than the Nissan Leaf and a lot less ugly. And aside a cleaner conscience (that’s not clean), the E-motion offers tax and fuel bills and an exemption the London congestion charge.

If you want the benefits of a zero car but don’t necessarily want to about it, the Golf makes sense, particularly as a second Apart from the high and limited range, which remain a huge obstacle for would-be customers, it’s as and vice-free as any other Golf. For an £23k though, we’ll a GTi thanks and eat less beef to up for our CO2 chuffing.

Click here for a digital of the new September 2010 issue, with feature on the world’s e-rally

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