Volkswagen Polo BlueGT: Eco Warm Hatch

VW used the Geneva Motor Show today to bring us the Polo BlueGT, a vehicle that mixes a warm hatch with an eco-focused character, being the first VW model to use cylinder deactivation.
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Under the hood, we find a 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder, which is part of the all-new EA211 poweprlant family, with the unit using tech like active cylinder management, BlueMotion (Stop/Start and braking energy recuperation) and being mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox or to a six-speed manual transmission.

As a result, the Polo BlueGT can hit 62 mph from standstill in 7.9 seconds and offers a top speed of 130 mph (210 mph), while returning an efficiency of 4.5 liters per 100 km (62.8 US mpg) and emittiing 105 grams of CO2 per km. As for the manual model, this comes with a combined cycle efficiency of 4.7 liters per 100 km (60 UK mpg) and emits 108 grams of CO2 per km.

The vehicle borrows many features from both the Polo GTI and the Polo BlueMotion. Those brought from the first include the front and rear fascias and the rear spoiler, while those coming from its eco brother include the side skirts, as well as the front rain channels.

The VW Polo BlueGT rides 15 mm closer to the road to offer enhanced aerodynamics and comes with a flat undebody. The vehicle is scheduled to come to the market in July.

We can’t help notice that the BlueGT is a car that perfectly represents VW, with both positive and negative elements: advanced powertrain technology, engine and parts sharing and even the ride height compromise that looks good on paper but makes the car more difficult to drive outside perfect roads.


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