A Very Frugal VW Golf

In efforts to pursue fuel efficiency—which means burning less fuel, which means putting reduced carbon dioxide into the atmosphere—Volkswagen is making all manner of moves, from producing hybrids to full electric vehicles.

In efforts to pursue fuel efficiency—which means burning less fuel, which means putting reduced carbon dioxide into the atmosphere—Volkswagen is making all manner of moves, from producing hybrids to full electric vehicles.

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Its latest, the Golf TSI BlueMotion, has an internal combustion engine that’s powered by gasoline. But not much gasoline.

That is, the car, on the Euro driving cycle, requires just 4.3 liters of gas per 100 miles of travel. For those in the U.S., that’s 54.7 miles per gallon. Or about twice the highway fuel economy of a midsize car.  Twice.

Of course, to get such impressive fuel efficiency, there is something that’s somewhat impressive—albeit diminutive—under the hood.

A three-cylinder, 999-cc engine. That’s right: just short of a full liter of displacement.

It is rated at 115 PS (a.k.a., 113 hp) and 200 Nm (147.5 lb-ft) of torque. It has a top speed of 204 km/h (127 mph).

And for those who are wondering about the carbon dioxide emissions: just 99 g/km (159 g/mile).

The Golf TSI BlueMotion seats five, and when ordered with the Trendline package comes with air conditioning, seven airbags, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, XDS electronic differential lock, start/stop system with brake energy recovery, model-specific rear spoiler in body color, sport suspension, and BlueMotion 15-in. "Lyon" wheels. Which is to say that this is a fully equipped car, not some sort of ecopenalty box.

And in case you’re wondering, that Golf TSI BlueMotion Trendline costs 20,450 euros.

I didn’t convert the euros to dollars. That’s because this is a car that won’t be available in the U.S. market.

(OK: That’s about $25,000.)