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New Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TDI BlueMotion Reviewed

The Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TDI BlueMotion's environmental credentials shine so brightly they make the sun look like a cheap firework.

By Stephen Turvil
Jul 27, 2010
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The Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TDI BlueMotion's environmental credentials shine so brightly they make the sun look like a cheap firework. This popular supermini earns this accolade because it returns a combined average of 80.7mpg and manages 91.1mpg on the extra-urban cycle. This means its carbon emissions are only 91g/km, so twelve months road tax costs precisely zero.

The VW Polo 1.2 TDI BlueMotion achieves this staggering fuel efficiency through a series of technical innovations. These include revised gear ratios, low resistance tyres, a start/stop system, and super slippery aerodynamics. The alternator also performs the trick of reusing otherwise wasted braking energy to recharge the battery. Very clever too.

Complementing the Polo's environmental wizardry is its excellent handling. This means there is plenty of traction for confident cornering, the body roll is nicely controlled, and the steering is pin sharp. The ride is also very comfortable so this Germanic supermini makes a relaxing cruiser, so long as you are happy to cruise at a modest pace. Zero to sixty-two takes 13.9 seconds and the top speed is only 107mph.

Prices for the Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TDI BlueMotion range from £14,445 - £15,045. For this quite considerable sum environmental champions get 73bhp, a choice of three or five doors, air-conditioning, a generous pile of air-bags, and leather trim on the steering wheel and gear lever. Optional extras include the £815 satellite navigation system and the £175 DAB radio receiver.

Further plus points include the exceptional build quality, its beautifully finished cabin, the maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, and the satisfaction of owning one of the most environmentally friendly vehicles on the market. So, if you hate spending money on fuel but love the planet, the VW Polo 1.2 TDI BlueMotion could be your perfect companion.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jul 27, 2010