Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI BlueMotion: The petrol that makes you forget about diesel

Let’s start with a little history: This is the smallest engine ever installed in a Golf, a title so far held by the 1,093cc four-cylinder engine available in the first generation in the early 1980s. This allows us to gauge the range of progress made in the nearly 35 years, since the FA/GC (that’s its little name) was developed with its Solex 34 PICT/3 single-cylinder carburetor, from 50 hp to 6000 rpm and 79 Nm at 3000 rpm, fuel consumption is 8.5 l / 100 km and emissions are 198 g / km CO2. Three and a half decades later, the 999cc 3-cylinder EA211 turbo engine delivers 115 hp from 5,000-5500 rpm and 200 Nm from 2,000-3000 rpm, while tasting 4.3 l/100 km and emitting 99 g / km of carbon dioxide. Thus, the engine is smaller, but also the lower consumption that was ever observed on gasoline with more power than the 1.2 TSI and torque as the 1.4 TSI.

To achieve this, Volkswagen has taken the base of its atmospheric 3-cylinder 1.0-liter MPI, aluminum from cylinder head to crankcase and housed in the Up! Bars with optimized blocks to be able to dispense with the balance shaft in order to obtain a final weight of 89 kg, 10 less than the 1.2 liter TSI. Injection is now direct and its pressure can reach 250 bar while the turbo, compact and single stage, operates in tandem with an electrically controlled exhaust allowing a maximum thrust of 1.6 bar. For reasons of compactness, the intake manifold includes a heat exchanger and its exhaust counterpart does the same with the cylinder head, which is also distinguished by ensuring a faster temperature rise. Timing is ensured by a toothed belt that reduces friction by 30% compared to the chain and also ensures the life of the vehicle.

Pinned under the hood of a compact Volkswagen, how do things go on the small three-legged paper compared to the competition? As the latest arrival, fairly well and very well since it is untouchable in terms of consumption and CO2 emissions, and only the 130 hp PureTech does better in a 0-100 km/h workout. However, if the Golf’s MQB platform is known for its lightness, the 1,211kg empty weight declared is well above the figures reported by Peugeot, ranging from 1,080 to 1,090kg for the 308.

1.0L TSI Engine vs. Major Competitors





0 to 100 km/h


Mixed consumption announced

(in l/100 km)

Carbon dioxide (g/km)

1.0 liter TSI Volkswagen Golf 115 HP from 5000 to 5500 rpm 200 Nm from 2000 to 3500 rpm 9.7 4.3 99
1.2 liters Puretech Peugeot 308 110 HP at 5500 rpm 205 Nm at 1500 rpm 11.1 4.6 105
1.2 liters Puretech Peugeot 308 130 hp at 5500 rpm 230 Nm at 1750 rpm 9.6 4.6 107
1.0L EcoBoost Ford Focus 100 HP at 6000 rpm 170 Nm at 1400 rpm 12.5 4.6 105
1.0L EcoBoost Ford Focus 125 HP at 6000 rpm 170 Nm at 1400 rpm 11 4.7 108
1.2 liter TSI Volkswagen Golf 110 HP at 5000 rpm 175 Nm from 1550 to 4100 rpm 9.9 4.9 114
1.4 liters TSI Volkswagen Golf 125 HP at 5000 rpm 200 Nm from 1200 to 4000 rpm 9.1 5.2 120

At the first turn of the switch, although the balance shaft is omitted, it is the silence and absence of vibrations that are surprising not only compared to the other three cylinders but also in absolute terms, since the engine at idle is barely noticeable. Only from 3000 revolutions per minute the characteristic sound of this mechanism is finally heard in the passenger compartment, without interfering. The thrust is powerful all over the rev counter, with the engine bubbling even at low revs and excited to approach the red line, thanks to a high compression ratio of 10.5:1 and torque per liter that’s worthy of a sports car: 200 Nm/L, this Exactly what the latest Honda Civic Type R does, for example. It is clear that the hope is that the reliability will be there, which is the only time that will allow it to be determined. Responsive, this three-legged Golf is a lot of fun to drive around in town but also out of it, with a manual gearbox that allows its sixth gear to be at 2,800 rpm at 130 km/h, and the DSG7 dual-clutch gearbox is an option for nearly from 2000 euros.

Test - Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI BlueMotion: the petrol that makes you forget about diesel

Test conditions – 200 km on hopelessly flat roads around Amsterdam – do not allow us at the moment to have a final opinion on consumption, but when returning the keys, the edge computer rewarded us with a very promising average of 5.0 l / 100 km, its optimism from an experience of about 0.5 l / 100 km.

Bearing the BlueMotion branding that Volkswagen keeps for its more fuel-efficient models, the Golf 1.0L TSI inherits its aerodynamic properties, with a body lowered 15mm, a closed grille at the top, and an air intake from the radiator vent only when needed, all This drops Cx from 0.32 to 0.28. The alloy wheels, 15 or 16 inches depending on the level of finish, look a bit small in the wheel arches of the Golf 7, which can seat up to 19 inches, but the gain in comfort offered by the high-rise side tires is staggering, we can’t Repeat it enough.

Test - Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI BlueMotion: the petrol that makes you forget about diesel

Orders will open next September with the first delivery scheduled for October. Thus, the price list is neither complete nor exhaustive, but we already know that the Volkswagen Golf three-door 1.0 liter TSI BlueMotion will be offered at approximately €22,000 at the end of the trend line, including, in particular, manual air conditioning, control of the Climate/speed limiter, electric and heated mirrors, €23,500 in Confortline finish with automatic air conditioning, Bluetooth and front/rear parking radar, plus about €800 for two additional doors. Compared to €21,000 and €23,150 respectively of a less efficient, less fun and more fuel-efficient 1.2-liter TSI 110 hp Golf, which will remain in the catalog. Finally, on the competition side, its most dangerous competitor, the Peugeot 308 1.2-liter PureTech 110 in the active end (near Confortline) is replaced with a 5-speed manual gearbox and 5-doors, for 22,300 euros, a definite advantage of the Frenchman that can make you forget The superior performance of the German.

This 1.0-liter TSI 115 hp will be available simultaneously on the Golf SW and Sportsvan, and then on the Polo in the second stage. Like the Mondeo 1.0 l Ecoboost 125, nothing stops it from making its way under the hood of a Passat much lighter than Ford, but that’s a dream field, under the field of a possible Up! GTI.

Petrol car for professionals

For today’s individual, whether the car emits 99g/km of CO2, as here, or 104g/km, as in the Golf 1.2L TSI, it won’t change anything at the time of purchase, both of which fall into the neutral band for bonus / malus. But this is not the case for professionals who have to pay tax on company vehicles or TVS. The scale is already €2 / g CO2 up to 100 g / km, then € 4 / g from 101 to 120 g / km, which is equivalent to € 198 paid annually for a 1.0 liter TSI (which is as much as with 1.6 liter TDI 110 hp), compared to 456 euros for the 1.2 liter TSI.

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