There was a time in my life when reaching the magic ton (100 mph) in the underpowered junkers of my youth was something of a holy grail. Yet recently, when the needle on one of Britain’s most economical cars crept toward that speed on a quiet road near my home, I was more amazed to see 50 mpg (U.S.) flash up on the instant fuel consumption readout than to see 100 mph on the speedometer.
I must be getting old.
This epitome of frugality is Volkswagen’s sensible-shoes super-mini, the Polo—a car that makes the Passat seem like a land yacht. But this Polo has a few key differences from the standard, bottom-of-the-range 1.4-liter turbodiesel model. BlueMotion, developed by the German company’s special engineering department, denotes the most thermally efficient model in each of VW’s model ranges.
Source: Popular Mechanics