Volkswagen Gives Transporter the BlueMotion Treatment

VW Transporter BlueMotion 1 photo
Photo: Volkswagen
VW’s Transporter, equipped with the 2.0-liter TDI engine was already an efficient proposition for those looking for a capable van, but now the German manufacturer has given it the BlueMotion treatment, which makes it even more tempting.
The engine, available in two states of tune (85 or 115 hp), has been made more efficient thanks to the addition of a Stop/Start system, as well as revised gearing. In addition, it also gains a tire pressure monitoring system, which alerts the driver if one of the low rolling resistance tires is under-inflated. Add in a battery regeneration system, as well as an efficient cruise control system, and the gains of 2.7 mpg for the lower-powered model, and 7.1 mpg for the higher-powered one are not surprising.

The 85 hp version now does 40.4 mpg (7 l/100km), while the 115 hp version does an even more impressive 44.8 mpg (6.3 l/100km). Emissions are also cut by 18 and 32 g/km of CO2, respectively. Pricing for the BlueMotion variants kicks off at £17,290 and £18,770 for each version, but we really don’t understand why they are offering the lower-powered version, since it is slower, dirtier and less efficient than the other.
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