Economical is often a byword for boring, but a new special edition Volkswagen Polo might be one of very few cars that combines fuel efficiency and fun. The Polo BlueGT uses a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine that manages to create 140PS (138bhp) and 250Nm of torque (185lb/ft), an impressive figure for any small hatchback, yet can achieve fuel economy of 61.4mpg.
That pokey engine allows you to go from a standstill to 60mph in a very respectable 7.9 seconds and then on to 130mph, numbers you might expect from a hot hatch.
When you’re not hooning around, stop/start technology helps save fuel, as does a system that activates and deactivates engine cylinders as and when they are needed. If you’re pootling slowly around, running the engine at between 1,400 and 4,000rpm, the second and third cylinders shut down, reducing overall fuel use.
Nail the throttle, however, and the cylinders reawaken in as little as 13 milliseconds to provide maximum power.
VW claims fuel savings can be as much as 1 litre for every 100km driven if you travel at a constant speed of 30mph, and 0.7 litres per 100km at a constant 44mph, with CO2 emissions of 107g/km.
On the outside you get some added glitz to separate the BlueGT edition from the rest of the range. The car is adorned with GT badges, 17-inch multi-spoke wheels and suspension that’s been lowered by 15mm. Then there’s the option of the Blue Silk paintjob, unique to the car, black door mirror caps and a black front grille.
The VW Polo BlueGT starts at £17,400 on the road for the three-door version with the six-speed manual.
Deliveries are expected to begin in mid-December and pre-orders are being taken now.