A petrol engine that is as fuel-efficient as a diesel? A three-cylinder engine that is as powerful and refined as a good four-cylinder was barely conceivable until just recently.
But now it is a reality. This engine exists. The 1.0 TSI from Volkswagen will now be available in Europe’s most successful car, the Golf. Until now, the Golf BlueMotion was only available in diesel (TDI) and natural gas (TGI) versions. The Golf TSI BlueMotion now extends the model range with one of the most economical cars of our time.
The combined fuel consumption of the most fuel-efficient petrol-powered Golf ever is 4.3 litres per 100km. This fuel consumption equates to incredibly low CO2 emissions of 99g per km, achieving this through a standard 6-speed manual gearbox and the optional 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG).
At the same time, the Golf Estate and Golf Sportsvan will launch as TSI BlueMotion models. With a manual gearbox, the Golf Estate also consumes 4.3 litres per 100km. (With DSG the figure is 4.5 litres per 100km; for the Golf Sportsvan, the figures are 4.5 (manual) and 4.6 litres per 100km (DSG).
The 1.0 TSI on-board the Golf TSI BlueMotion is the first large-scale production petrol engine to attain a specific torque of 200Nm per litre displacement. The maximum power of the three-cylinder engine – 115PS – lies just above the level of the first generation Golf GTI (110PS).
In terms of responsiveness and top speed, the Golf TSI BlueMotion can reach 204km/h and so surpasses the legend (182km/h).