Supermini buyers now have the option of a sporty petrol car with diesel-like economy, following the announcement that order books for the Volkswagen Polo BlueGT have opened.
By Press Association reporters
The advanced 1.4-litre turbocharged engine under its bonnet uses Active Cylinder Technology (ACT) to deactivate the middle two cylinders of the four, saving fuel and allowing the BlueGT to record over 61mpg in the official test cycle.
The technology is claimed to improve fuel economy by almost 5mpg on the combined cycle, but Volkswagen says that at a steady 30mph the savings are more like 11mpg, with around 8mpg being saved at a constant 44mph.
It works automatically when the engine is between 1,400 and 4,000 rpm and producing torque between 18 and 74lb.ft. A message appears on the instrument cluster display panel to let the driver know the system is active.
With 138bhp to call upon, the car’s top speed is 130mph and 0-62mph is completed in 7.9 seconds, although Volkswagen has a reputation for being conservative with claimed acceleration figures.
A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, with the option of a seven-speed twin-clutch DSG unit at a cost of £1,345. Three- and five-door models are both available to order, with a £620 gap between them.
As a high-spec model the BlueGT shares black roof lining and its main instrument cluster with the Polo GTi. It gets bespoke BlueGT sports seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with a BlueGT emblem.
Its standard equipment includes DAB radio with iPod connectivity, cruise control and Bluetooth phone connection. On the outside it’s distinguished by multi-spoke 17-inch alloys and GT badges front and rear, while the suspension is lowered by around 15 mm.
More features borrowed from the Polo GTI include the rear spoiler, rear bumper complete with mock diffuser, and the front bumper complete with LED daytime running lights. It also adopts a few features first seen on the Polo BlueMotion, like the side sills and front windscreen rain channels.