Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion 1.2 TDi Review
Green Day

Story and Photos by Raymond Lai
30 Nov 2010

The Polo BlueMotion is the world’s greenest five-seat passenger car. Lead footed driver Raymond Lai finds out if there are compromises to be made by being so green.

Introduction, styling

How does an average fuel consumption figure of just 3.3 litres for every 100km or 30.33km for every litre of diesel sound like?

For Volkswagen it seems blue (Mercedes-Benz as well with its Bluetec and BlueEfficiency technologies) means green. BlueMotion is the name the German carmaker adopts for the most efficient and economical vehicle in each of its model range.

The first model introduced was the Polo Bluemotion a few years back. This model is the epitome of the BlueMotion philosophy - it combines an efficient diesel engine, lower kerb weight, improved aerodynamics and longer gearing to return an average fuel consumption figure that is unmatched by any other five-seater car in production at the time - just 3.8 litres per 100km or a whopping 26.3km per litre! With its 45-litre diesel tank, it can theoretically travel almost 1200km before running dry.

Two years on, the Polo BlueMotion enters its latest incarnation. Just when you thought that the previous BlueMotion's impressive fuel economy and emissions numbers can't be realistically bettered, the new Polo BlueMotion, based on the latest generation Polo will surely make you think again - how does an average fuel consumption figure of just 3.3 litres for every 100km or 30.33km for every litre of diesel sound like?

On the outside, the BlueMotion features several changes from a run-of-the-mill Polo - not for cosmetic reasons but to make it more slippery through the air. Up front, there is a more aerodynamic bumper with a spoiler underneath. This is complimented by a new radiator grille with smaller openings for even less drag. There are other spoilers elsewhere to optimize the small hatch's aerodynamic efficiency, the most obvious being the one on the hatch window surround. Last but not least, the Polo BlueMotion is fitted with special lightweight alloy wheels that have been fine tuned in the wind tunnel shod with 15-inch low resistance tyres. The BlueMotion is available in either three-door or five-door body style, the former being more chic and stylish in our opinion.

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Engine Capacity 1199cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 3
Power 75bhp @ 4200rpm
Torque 180Nm @ 2000rpm
Power to Weight 65.4 bhp per ton


Acceleration 13.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 173 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 30.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF


Body Type 3 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(3970 x 1682 x 1465) mm
Wheelbase 2470 mm
Kerb Weight 1146 kg
Boot Capacity 280 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L