Autocar: UK Passat BlueMotion Gets 68.9 mpg (!)
The new-for-2012 Passat BlueMotion from VW is being rated at 68.9 mpg, which will make it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in its size class and – with just 109g of carbon emissions per km driven – one of the cleanest cars on the market, overall.
The new Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion will be available for order in the UK as of next month (July), and will be motivated by VW’s familiar 104 hp, 1.6L common-rail diesel engine, powering the front wheels. In order to hit those nearly 70 mpg numbers, however, you’ll need to row your own via the Volkswagen’s 6-speed manual transmission (mpg suffers slightly with the heavier automatic trans.). Helping you achieve those figures are VW-specific version of Bosch’s ECO Start/Stop tech, revised aerodynamics (compared to the non “BlueMotion” cars) to cut down on drag, a lower ride-height, enclosed under-body, and low rolling-resistance tires.
Standard equipment includes climate control, iPod connectivity, and side-curtain airbags – which should help gain back a few of the points lost to VW’s Consumer Reports’ rating during the brand’s last round of redesigns.
Pricing in the UK is set to start off at just under 20,000 pounds. No word yet on US pricing or availability.