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Go further with Polo BlueMotion.

Byline: Maurice Glover

ONEof the most efficient family cars yet built has gone on sale in Britain.

WithVolkswagen's latest TDI moto r under its bonnet, the Blue-Motion version of the Polo stretches a gallon of diesel fuel to more than 80 miles - a miserly consumption that is claimed to allow a range of 800 miles on a tankful.

But with the help of higher gearing, regenerative braking and an automatic stop-start system, the pacesetting three-cylinder, 1.2-litre common rail engine also achieves a remarkably low CO[sup.2] emissions figure of 91g/km as well as having the power to accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph in 13.9 seconds and go on to a top speed of 107 mph.

Cosmetic changes that accompany the technological advances include bespoke bumpers, side skirts, an extended roof spoiler and 15in alloy wheels shod with low rolling-resistance tyres.

And comfort levels are high with manual air conditioning, cruise control and a leather steering wheel all fitted as standard.

As with all models in the Polo range, safety features include four airbags, anti-lock braking and an electronic stabilisation programme.

Prices start at pounds 14,445 for the three-door version and pounds 15,045 for the five-door model.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 26, 2010
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