2014 VW Golf Sportsvan gets official, replaces the Golf Plus

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 6, 2014

Back in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), Volkswagen introduced the Golf Sportsvan Concept. Today, Volkswagen unveiled the production version and honestly to tell you, the new vehicle looks just like the concept car. According to the official press release, the 2014 VW Golf Sportsvan is a re-developed successor to the Golf Plus and what’s more important is that it is 90 kg lighter than the car it replaces.

Volkswagen said that the new Golf Sportsvan will be available with four turbocharged petrol direct-injection engines (TSI) that delivers 85 hp (63 kW), 110 hp (81 kW), 125 hp (92 kW) and 150 hp (110 kW), In addition, the range of turbodiesel direct-injection engines (TDI) covers two power levels, 110 hp (81 kW) and 150 hp (110 kW).

All the engines are available with an optional DSG dual clutch automatic transmission, except the 1.6 TDI BlueMotion with 110 hp. The Golf Sportsvan BlueMotion is the most fuel efficient in its range as it needs only 3.9 liters of fuel per 100 km and emits only 101 g/km of CO2.

Volkswagen also offers an independent BlueMotion version of the Golf Sportsvan which comes with aerodynamic modifications and tyres optimized for low rolling resistance. As a result, this version has a fuel consumption of 3.6 l/100 km (95 g/km of CO2 emissions).

Just like the Golf 7, the new Golf Sportsvan sits on the same modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform and comparing it with the outgoing model, the front overhangs are shorter, while the wheelbase is longer. Thanks to the new MQB platform, the front passengers enjoy an elevated seating position, while the driver seat is now sportier.

Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan comes with new technologies such as Blond Spot Monitor that warns the driver of vehicles in the blind spot or activates the emergency braking function if a collision is imminent.

Other technologies include XDS+ electronic differential lock, innovative progressive steering, DCC adaptive chassis control, Front Assist ambient monitoring system with City Emergency Braking, adaptive cruise control (ACC), Automatic Post-Collision Braking system (standard), Driver Alert System, PreCrash occupant protection system, Light Assist and Dynamic Light Assist main beam control systems, driving profile selector, Lane Assist lane-keeping system and Park Assist.

The interior if offered with a new radio system, a 400 Wat sound system (Dynaudio Excite) with subwoofer and new centre speaker. Mobile online services such as Google Earth map service, Google Street View and Online Traffic Information are also offered.

Press Release

2014 VW Sportsvan

The Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan was created as the third body version of the model series, after the classic Golf hatchback and the Golf Estate, and its technical base is the modular transverse matrix (MQB). Thanks to this design layout, it was possible to extend the body over its 2,685 mm wheelbase, which is 107 mm longer than that of the Golf Plus. Compared to the hatchback Golf and the Golf Estate, the wheelbase has grown by around 50 mm. Like the two other MQB body versions of the Golf, here too the weight of the Golf Sportsvan was reduced by innovative lightweight design. Compared to the now retired Golf Plus, the Golf Sportsvan is up to 90 kg lighter.

Longer than the Golf, shorter than the Estate

With a bumper-to-bumper length of 4,338 mm, the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan is 134 mm longer than the retired Golf Plus, 83 mm longer than the Golf hatchback and 224 mm shorter than the Golf Estate. Regarding its width and height: at 1,807 mm the Golf Sportsvan is just 8 mm wider than the Golf hatchback and Golf Estate; the previous model was 48 mm narrower. The Golf Sportsvan and Golf Plus are nearly identical in height without roof rails (1,578 and 1,580 mm, respectively); the Golf hatchback is 126 mm lower, and the Golf Estate (without roof rails) is 117 mm lower in height. Also highlighting the dynamic presence of the VW Golf Sportsvan is its 20 mm shorter front overhang. Meanwhile, the rear overhang was lengthened by 47 mm; among other benefits, this increased the size of the luggage compartment.

Clear positioning

These dimensions show that the Golf Sportsvan is carrying on the mission of the Golf Plus within the model series. It offers maximum space and versatility over an even more compact exterior length - longer than a Golf, shorter than a Golf Estate. Its greater height not only results in more vertical cargo space, but also permits the higher seating position that is appreciated by many users in this model series. Nonetheless, the Golf Sportsvan, which is equipped with two rows of seats, is lower (-56 mm without roof rails) and shorter (-59 mm) than a Touran, which follows a classic MPV concept with its up to three rows of seats.

Dynamic proportions

The exterior dimensions of the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan, which are more extended compared to the Golf Plus, together with its completely new and sharply contoured styling, give it an independent and sophisticated look. With its taut body shapes and precisely drawn lines, the VW Golf Sportsvan transfers the design quality of the new Golf to the class of compact MPVs. The taller Golf Sportsvan also expresses dynamic proportions in its longer wheelbase, and its extremely prominent character line unites functionalism and elegance. "For us, the Golf Sportsvan is an ambassador of a new design idiom. Its quality and precision form the foundation for a dynamic yet smart expression," says Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen brand.

Side profile

The silhouette of the Golf Sportsvan emphasises an extended look to make it appear lower and in general sportier than the Golf Plus. Defining design traits of the Golf Sportsvan include its very long side window look with two additional windows (in the area of A and D pillars), the sharply drawn character line that integrates the door handles which were designed specifically for the Golf Sportsvan, the exterior mirrors that are mounted on the door shoulder, and the D pillars typical of the Golf. Klaus Bischoff comments: "It was a great challenge and at the same time a great pleasure to implement the advantageous proportions of the Sportsvan in an independent form. Typical defining elements of the new design: the prominent character line on the sides. This only works if the designers and engineers are following the same goals - of quality and precision."

The high art of carmaking

In particular, the design team used the prominent character line to create a clean, well-defined shoulder, which gives the car a more muscular, powerful and wider appearance. The high art of carmaking is not only reflected in the design of this line - which appears as though cut by a knife - but also in the production of these light-refracting edges that are precisely worked into the doors, front wings, D pillars, headlights and rear lights. Maximum precision is also required in body manufacturing to integrate the door handles with their upper termination into the character line with millimetre precision. Among competitors, details of this type - if they are implemented at all - are only found in premium class automobiles. The handles are worked so precisely into the design of the side line that when viewed from a distance they appear to meld into the body.

Five side windows

Since the exterior mirrors are, as described, directly mounted on the door shoulders of the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan, there is room for a large side window in the vicinity of the A pillar. This improves all-round visibility and stylistically lengthens the surface of the windows. The same applies to the additional fifth side window in the D pillar. It extends the transparent surfaces towards the rear and provides for an optimal all-round view. Despite this change, the design of the c-shaped D pillar forms a stylistic bridge to the C pillar of the classic Golf. Sophisticated: the Highline version has side windows that feature frames in chrome look; until now, this detailing was a characteristic of mid- and premium class cars at Volkswagen.

Front end

Designers also defined a new direction when designing the front end. In the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan, a design was developed for the bonnet and its transition into the windscreen that makes the vehicle look more extended and elegant - radiating more sophistication. To attain this goal, the strong character line once again comes into play, extending all the way into the headlights. At the same time, the roof has a distinctive light-refracting edge that extends from the A pillars down to the radiator grille. Between these lines and the bonnet that is contoured upwards in a V-shape, the designers incorporated powerful wings with a modulated shoulder that is also visible here. The result: the front section appears longer, more powerful and impressive.

Sporty charisma

At the same time, the front end now has much more charisma, being based on a new type of shaping and an independent layout of radiator grille, headlights and bumper. The three horizontal struts of the radiator grille together with the headlights - and the U-shaped LED daytime running lights that are integrated when bi-xenon headlights are ordered - create a modern and passionate interpretation of the horizontally aligned front styling. Other style elements are the winglets - struts in the lower area of the bumper that act like small wings, framing the middle air intake and the fog lights.

Rear section

The theme of generously sized glass surfaces and optimal visibility is a common thread running throughout the rear section. Here, in contrast to the previous model, there is a significantly wider rear windscreen, which provides for optimal all-round visibility and clean lines. The top of the window is framed by the roof spoiler which has air guide elements worked into its sides. Under the window are the two-part rear lights, whose shapes form aerodynamic trailing edges and take up the contour of the character line on the sides so that they meld with the sporty shoulder section.


Interior designers of the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan created an interior that is as high-end and stylistically sophisticated as it is clean and fresh. The dominant element here is the newly designed dashboard. Drivers of the current Golf or Golf Estate will find the instruments, central touchscreen of the centre console and controls to be familiar. Yet the design of the dashboard, in which all of these elements are embedded, was redesigned down to the last millimetre. This is also true of the door trim panels with integrated ambience lighting (standard in "Highline", optional in "Comfortline").

Centre console has a sporty incline

While the Golf Plus had a very vertical dashboard, the one in the Golf Sportsvan is now more exclusive, lower and wider, and appears to have 'wings' that unfold to the left and right. In between, there is now a centre console that is inclined towards the driver with a touchscreen, climate control switches and the gear shift. The section between the seats ascends forwards near the gear knob just as in a high-class sports car, and this creates an ergonomic environment that makes the driver and front passenger forget that they are sitting in a compact MPV. Between the driver and front passenger, a centre armrest (adjustable in height and length) with an integrated storage compartment and two cupholders is included as standard. Other practical storage bins are located on the upper dashboard (in versions without a centre speaker) and in the door panels (a 1.5-litre bottle can be stowed in front door and a 1.0-litre bottle in the rear door). From the "Comfortline" trim version, the production version of the VW Golf Sportsvan is fitted with sliding drawers under the front seats as well as pockets and folding tables on the backrests of the front seats. Overall, the interior is marked by sophisticated plastics and accents. This creates a very charismatic ambience which overcomes traditional boundaries of the compact class and clearly bridges over to mid-class cars.

High level of comfort, even on long journeys

The new Golf Sportsvan is a car in which Volkswagen once again brings the focus back to maximum on-board comfort. The vehicle is already very comfortable to enter, thanks to the wide-opening doors and the elevated seats, as on the previous model. What is known as the H-point (hip point) of the front seats lies 7 mm lower than in the previous model, but its height is 59 to 85 mm above the H-point of the Golf and Golf Estate, depending on the seat height setting. A new feature of the Golf Sportsvan is the optional ergoActive seat with 14-way adjustment; this very ergonomic driver's seat, which has been awarded the AGR seal in Germany, offers such features as electric 4-way lumbar support and a massage function. Compared to the previous model, interior length has grown by 35 mm.

MQB stands for measurable progress

The new Golf Sportsvan also benefits from the basic concept of the modular transverse matrix (MQB) in terms of the space it can offer. Although the car is exactly the same height as the previous model, its interior height in front was increased by 10 mm to 1,017 mm, and at the rear it was increased by 32 mm to a maximum height of 1,008 mm.

More space in the second row

The Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan offers significantly more space in the rear seating area than the previous model, thanks to its extended wheelbase and larger rear overhang. The maximum distance between the H-points of the front and rear seats was increased from 865 to 898 mm for the second row of seats (rear bench seat adjusted to the rear-most position). In practical terms, these 33 mm have a tremendous positive effect, because even people measuring 1.90 metres can now sit comfortably, one in front of the other. Also providing for a very friendly atmosphere are the optional bright "Ceramique" interior and optional large panoramic sliding sunroof whose transparent surface extends into the rear seating area. Practical: the storage pockets and folding tables integrated in the backs of the front seats that are standard from the "Comfortline" equipment line. There are also three additional cupholders (2 for standard size cups and 1 for narrower cups) in the rear centre armrest that folds up and is standard from the Golf Sportsvan Comfortline (optional for Trendline).

Adjustable rear seats already standard from "Trendline"

As mentioned, another key characteristic of the new version is the standard 60:40 split rear bench seat that features individual longitudinal adjustment of its sections. The entire three-seat bench can be adjusted up to 180 mm in a fore-aft direction (previous model: 160 mm); as an alternative, the seat on the right side of the vehicle (40 per cent) and the double-seat on the left side (60 per cent) can be individually adjusted over a range of 180 mm. In addition, rear passengers can adjust the angle of their backrests.

Ideally designed cargo area versatility

The system for unlatching the rear seat backrest elements (40/20/40 per cent) from the boot is very practical. The right rear backrest element (40 per cent) and the middle one (cargo pass-through element / 20 per cent) can also be folded down separately. The left rear seat backrest element, however, is folded with the cargo pass-through unit (60 per cent). Naturally, it is also possible to fold the entire rear seat backrest (100 per cent). The straps for folding the 40 and 60 per cent elements are in easy-to-access locations in the lower areas of the backrests. When the middle cargo pass-through element is to be unlatched separately, this is done via a pushbutton on the upper edge of the backrest. When unlatched, the backrest sections automatically fold forward, creating a nearly level surface together with the cargo floor. The cargo floor itself can be removed entirely very swiftly or adjusted in height. The floor can be latched either 21 mm or 130 mm above the load sill.

Perfection in the details

If the cargo floor is simply folded up to quickly stow the cargo space cover under it, for instance, it is latched in place on the left and right by a mechanism integrated into the boot trim.

Up to 76 litres more cargo space

Compared to the previous model, cargo capacity was increased by 76 litres to 500 litres (rear bench seat in standard position, which is 50 mm forward of the rear-most position). When the two separately adjustable sections of the rear bench seat are moved to their front-most positions, up to 590 litres (gain of 85 litres) of cargo fit into the luggage compartment of the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan. When the cargo deck is used up to the backrests of the front seats and up to the roof, a maximum storage capacity of 1,520 litres is available - a gain of 70 litres.

Up to 2.5 metres of load length

The maximum interior length of 1,795 mm is a top value in the competitive field; the previous model had an interior length that was 35 mm shorter. If the backrest of the front passenger seat is also folded down (optional feature in all equipment versions), this frees up a 2,542 mm long, nearly level cargo surface. Loading is also easy: the load sill was lowered by 13 mm to 652 mm, which makes lifting and loading back-friendly.

One of the most versatile vehicles of the compact class

The combination of detailed solutions shows that Volkswagen is offering the best of the worlds of hatchbacks, estate cars and MPVs in the Golf Sportsvan. As a result, the European automotive market is being enriched by one of the most versatile vehicles of the compact class.

Range of features

Like the Golf hatchback and Golf Estate, the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan will also be sold in the "Trendline", "Comfortline" and "Highline" equipment lines. Even the base version offers such standard features as XDS+, the new automatic post-collision braking system, LED licence plate light, heat-insulating windows, height-adjustable driver's seat, air conditioning, tyre pressure monitoring indicator, new electronic parking brake with auto-hold function, 5-inch touchscreen, variable cargo floor, sturdy cargo space cover (which can be stored under the cargo floor when not in use) and practical unlatching of the rear bench backrests operated from the boot or passenger space. In addition, the Golf Sportsvan is of course also equipped with safety features that include seven airbags, ESC electronic stability control, safety-optimised head restraints in front (protects against whiplash injury) and automatic hazard light flashing with hard braking.

New Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert

Highly innovative assistance systems are also making their way into the vehicle. For example, the Golf Sportsvan is the first Golf to offer the optional Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert. Also available are technologies such as DCC adaptive chassis control, Front Assist ambient monitoring system with City Emergency Braking, adaptive cruise control (ACC), Driver Alert System, PreCrash occupant protection system, Light Assist and Dynamic Light Assist main beam control systems, driving profile selector, Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant and Park Assist park steering assistant. The new generation of radio and radio-navigation systems in the VW Golf Sportsvan (top system Discover Pro with WLAN hotspot) and a 400 Watt sound system (Dynaudio Excite) with subwoofer and new centre speaker (in upper dashboard) set the stage for the infotainment world. Fitting in well with these systems are new mobile online services such as "Google Earth™ map service", "Google Street View™" and "Online Traffic Information". Last but not least, the Golf Sportsvan is also the first model in the model series to offer optional steering wheel heating; in conjunction with Climatronic (automatic climate control) it is activated via the button for seat heating of the driver's seat (steering wheel and seat heating form a package); in versions with manual climate control, it is activated via the touchscreen.

Blind Spot Monitor

This system can contribute towards preventing serious accidents. How it works: The Blind Spot Monitor utilises a LED symbol in the outer area of the door mirrors to call the driver's attention to vehicles located in the blind spot on the side of the Golf Sportsvan and vehicles approaching from the rear. As soon as a vehicle approaches in the blind spot, the symbol lights up, and if the driver activates the turn indicator in the direction of the detected vehicle, the symbol flashes as an additional warning. This lowers risks in hazardous lane-changing situations. The system, which is automatically activated starting at 30 km/h, uses radar sensors to monitor the area around the vehicle at a range of around 20 metres. When the Blind Spot Monitor is ordered, it automatically comes with the Rear Traffic Alert, which revolutionises reversing out of parking spaces that are perpendicular to the road.

Rear Traffic Alert

The new Rear Traffic Alert further improves safety; it is offered in combination with the Blind Spot Monitor. The Rear Traffic Alert takes much of the risk out of reversing from driveways and parking spaces that are perpendicular to the road. The innovation here: The system not only "recognises" stationary or moving vehicles directly behind the Golf Sportsvan, but also vehicles approaching from the side which are hardly visible to the driver. The radar-based sensor module even detects objects at distances of up to 40 metres and recognises moving objects from 4 km/h. If a collision is imminent, the system outputs an acoustic warning. If the driver or other traffic participant do not take action to correct the situation, or if there is a risk of immediate collision, the Rear Traffic Alert system automatically initiates a brake intervention.

Driver Alert System

This system, which is standard from the VW Golf Sportsvan Comfortline, detects waning concentration of the driver and warns him or her over a period of five seconds by an acoustic signal and a visual text in the instrument cluster that recommends taking a break. If the driver does not take a break within the next 15 minutes, the warning is repeated once.

Automatic post-collision braking system

A standard technological highlight of the new Golf Sportsvan is the automatic post-collision braking system. It automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision to significantly reduce any residual kinetic energy. The automatic post-Collision Braking system is triggered when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors. The automatic post-collision braking system limits the vehicle's braking deceleration to 0.6 g via the ESC control unit. This figure is on the same level as that of Front Assist; it ensures that the driver can still handle the car during the automatic braking. The driver can override the automatic post-collision braking system at any time by a detectable press of the accelerator pedal. The automatic system is also deactivated if the driver initiates hard braking at an even higher rate of deceleration. In principle, the assistance system brakes the vehicle to a residual speed of 10 km/h; this speed is suitable for steering the car to a safe place after the braking action.

PreCrash occupant protection system

If the proactive occupant protection system detects a potential accident situation - such as by the initiation of hard braking via an activated brake assistant - the seatbelts of the driver and front passenger are automatically pre-tensioned to ensure the best possible protection by the airbag and belt system. When a highly critical and unstable driving situation is detected - such as severe oversteer or understeer with ESC intervention - the side windows are closed (except for a small gap) and so is the sunroof. Underlying reason: When the windows and roof are nearly closed, the head and side airbags offer optimal energy absorption and thereby achieve their best possible effectiveness.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

This system utilises a radar sensor integrated in the front section. The driver can specify a target speed within a range from 30 to 160 km/h. ACC works with either a manual gearbox or with DSG (dual-clutch gearbox). In all Golf Sportsvan cars with DSG, the ACC system comfortably brakes the vehicle to a standstill behind a vehicle ahead that has stopped. When the driver enables it, ACC together with DSG can also automatically drive off again. ACC maintains the target speed as well as a preselected distance to the vehicle ahead, and it automatically brakes or accelerates according to the flow of traffic. The system dynamics can be individually varied by selecting a driving programme or by the optional driving profile selector.

Front Assist ambient monitoring system

Front Assist uses a radar sensor integrated in the front section to continually monitor the distance to traffic ahead of the vehicle. Front Assist supports the driver in critical situations by preconditioning the brake system, giving the driver visual and acoustic warnings and, in a second stage, calling attention to the need to react by means of a brief warning jolt in the brake pedal. If the driver fails to brake hard enough, the system automatically generates sufficient braking force to avoid a collision. If the driver does not react at all, Front Assist automatically brakes the car to give the driver more reaction time. In addition, the system supports the driver by informing the driver if the distance to the vehicle ahead is too short. One component of Front Assist is City Emergency Braking.

City Emergency Braking

City Emergency Braking is a system extension of Front Assist, and it monitors the space in front of the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan by radar sensor. The system operates at speeds below 30 km/h. If the driver does not react in a situation with an impending collision with a vehicle ahead that is moving or stationary, then the brake system is preconditioned as in Front Assist. If necessary, City Emergency Braking then automatically initiates hard braking to reduce the severity of the accident. In addition, the driver is assisted with maximum braking force if the pedal force by the driver is insufficient.

Lane Assist

Unlike earlier systems of this type, users of this camera-based lane-keeping assistant with steering intervention can choose to have it perform adaptive lane guidance. Then the system provides continuous lane-keeping support. In addition, Lane Assist executes a corrective steering intervention. The system gently countersteers as soon as it becomes apparent that the driver is leaving the driving lane without activating the turn indicator or is crossing over lane markings.

Progressive steering

The progressive steering system that was first introduced in the Golf GTI and GTD makes it possible for the driver of the VW Golf Sportsvan to steer with smaller steering wheel inputs and fewer turns of the steering wheel to achieve a desired bend radius in turning. The driver does not have to reach over the steering wheel as much in tight turns. With progressive steering, it takes 2.1 turns of the steering wheel (380°) to reach the end position; without the optional system it is 2.75 turns (500°). How it works: Conventional steering systems operate with a constant gear ratio. The new steering system of the Golf Sportsvan operates with a progressive steering gear ratio. This perceptibly reduces steering work when manoeuvring and parking. On country roads with lots of bends, and when making turns, the driver experiences a plus in dynamics due to the more direct layout.

Technically, progressive steering differs from the basic steering system primarily by the rack's variable tooth spacing and a more powerful electric motor. Its functional difference: Unlike with constant steering ratios, which by necessity always represent a compromise between dynamic performance and comfort, here the steering rack's toothing is significantly modified by the steering stroke. This enables more precise and relaxed driving in the middle steering angles up to high speeds. The property of smaller steering angles makes the car significantly more agile on roads with lots of bends and therefore more fun to drive. At slow speeds, on the other hand, such as in the city or in parking, the Golf Sportsvan offers significantly better handling thanks to the small steering inputs that are required - for a noticeable gain in convenience.

DCC adaptive chassis control

In contrast to the previous model, the new Golf Sportsvan can also be ordered with the optional DCC adaptive chassis control system. This system offers the three driving modes "Comfort", "Normal" and "Sport", which can be selected and displayed within the "driving profile selector" or alternatively via the touchscreen on the centre console. In the "Sport" mode, a very agile style of driving is implemented, while the "Comfort" mode makes riding in the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan exceptionally comfortable. In the "Individual" driving profile, the DCC mode can even be assigned other driving profile properties.

Driving profile selector

A total of four programmes, or five programmes when DCC is ordered, are available in the driving profile selector. They are: Eco, Sport, Normal, Individual, and in combination with DCC the additional Comfort. In the "Eco" driving mode, engine control, the air conditioning unit and other auxiliary systems are controlled for optimal fuel-efficiency. In vehicles fitted with DSG, a coasting function can also be used with the Eco mode; when the driver releases the accelerator pedal - such as on route sections with a descent - the DSG decouples, and the engine runs at idle. This optimally utilises the kinetic energy of the Golf Sportsvan. In the "Sport" mode, on the other hand, damping is increased (which reduces body movements), and engine response and shifting points of the DSG are configured to be more dynamic.

Electronic parking brake

Instead of a hand brake lever, such as the one still used in the Golf Plus, the Golf Sportsvan has a control switch and Auto Hold button on the centre console. The electronic parking brake offers numerous benefits: The lack of a conventional hand brake frees up space on the centre console. The brake is automatically released when driving off, which simplifies driving off up a hill. Last but not least, the Auto Hold function prevents unintentional rolling from a standstill position.

Dynamic Light Assist main beam control

Traffic ahead and oncoming traffic are analysed via a camera mounted on the windscreen. Using the camera, the main beam modules of the bi-xenon headlights with dynamic cornering light system are only dimmed in those areas where the system has determined that the main beam could potentially cause glare to other traffic participants. This function is technically implemented by a swivelling aperture between the reflector with the xenon filament and the lens. Along with lateral swivelling of the entire module and independent control of the left and right headlights, this additional aperture geometry is able to mask the light source and thereby avoid glare to traffic ahead or any oncoming traffic.

Light Assist main beam control

For all Golf Sportsvans that do not have Dynamic Light Assist, the base version of automatic main beam control is available in the form of Light Assist. Light Assist uses a camera in the windscreen to detect and analyse traffic ahead and oncoming traffic, and it automatically controls activation and deactivation of the main beam (from 60 km/h). From a speed of 65 km/h, the main beam is automatically activated when it becomes dark.

Road sign recognition

Road sign recognition is available in conjunction with the Discover Pro navigation system. Road signs are also shown in the active navigation display (map and/or pictograms). If the system detects speed limit or 'no overtaking' signs via a camera (which is integrated near the rear-view mirror on the windscreen), up to three of these signs are displayed in the instrument cluster in front of the driver as well as in the navigation system display.

Park Assist park steering assistant

This parking assistance system facilitates not only assisted parking parallel to the carriageway, but also reverse parking at right angles to the road. The system is also equipped with braking and parking space exit functionalities. The system can be activated at speeds of up to 40 km/h by pressing a button on the centre console. Using the indicators, the driver selects the side on which the car is to be parked. If Park Assist finds a sufficiently large parking space (40 cm of manoeuvring room, front and back suffices), assisted parking can begin: having put the vehicle into reverse, all the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake. The car takes care of the steering. Acoustic signals and visual text messages in the multi-function display assist the driver.

Radio and radio-navigation systems

As in the Golf hatchback and Golf Estate, Volkswagen is equipping the Golf Sportsvan with a newly conceptualised generation of radio and radio-navigation systems. All systems have a touchscreen as standard. The devices used in the Golf Sportsvan are available in three different display sizes: 5-inch ("Composition Touch" radio, "Composition Colour" radio), 5.8-inch ("Composition Media" radio, "Composition Media" with navigation function) and 8-inch ("Discover Pro" radio-navigation system). The systems have proximity sensors from the 5.8-inch display. As soon as the driver's or passenger's finger approaches the touchscreen, the infotainment system automatically switches from display mode to a user control mode. The display mode is distinguished by a representation that is reduced to the essentials. In the user control mode, the elements that can be activated via touchscreen are specially highlighted, which simplifies intuitive control. The display of the "Discover Pro" system also has a cover flow function, in which wiping gestures can be used to scroll through lists or to page through CD covers of the media library.


The radio-CD navigation systems can interactively use new mobile online services such as "Google Earth™ map service", "Google Street View™" and "Online traffic information".

Mobile phone

Volkswagen is offering two mobile phone interfaces, "Comfort" and "Premium", for the VW Golf Sportsvan. The "Comfort" version can be ordered with the "Composition Media" audio-CD systems and "Discover Pro" radio-CD navigation system, "Premium" exclusively with "Discover Pro" (on the Trendline only in conjunction with the "Plus" multifunction display). The "Comfort" interface offers such features as an inductive and device-independent external antenna connection. The "Premium" interface has a telephone unit with high voice and reception quality that can be operated via the touchscreen of the infotainment system or via the multifunction display. As an alternative to a mobile phone coupled via Bluetooth, it is possible to phone using a separate SIM card integrated in the system. In this case, the GSM/UMTS send/receive unit provides a WLAN hotspot inside the Golf Sportsvan that is available to all passengers.

Dynaudio Excite sound system

An acoustic highlight in the Golf Sportsvan is the sound system from Danish hi-fi specialist Dynaudio. Its nine high-end loudspeakers (including front centre speaker) plus subwoofer, digital 10-channel DSP amplifier and 400 Watt output power make the Golf Sportsvan a concert hall on wheels. Four sound characteristics (Authentic, Dynamic, Soft and Speech) and four seating focal point settings (Driver, Front Passenger, All Occupants and Rear) make it possible to individually configure the system.

Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Trendline

Standard features of the Golf Sportsvan Trendline in addition to those of the Golf Plus include such features as a touchscreen with 5-inch TFT display, fuel filler neck with protection against filling with wrong fuel (for diesel vehicles), ECO tips in the multifunctional display / MFD in the instruments (displays and tips related to fuel economy such as the tip to shift to the next higher gear), electronic parking brake with auto-hold function and tyre pressure monitoring indicator. Features of the Golf Sportsvan also include cargo space cover (can be stowed under the cargo floor when not in use), cargo area lighting, removable cargo floor with storage space under the load surface and asymmetrically split, folding rear bench seat that offers longitudinal adjustment.

Also standard (excerpt): Daytime running lights, air conditioning, electric door mirrors, outdoor temperature display, electric windows, rear window wiper with intermittent setting, electro-mechanical servo steering, safety-optimised head restraints in front, lockable glove compartment, chrome rings around air vents in the interior, seat upholstery in "Pepper" design, inlays in "Dark Silver matt satin", centre console with storage compartment, height and length adjustment of steering column, height-adjustable driver's seat, dust and pollen filter, central locking with wireless remote control, seat belt height adjustment and belt tensioners for front belts, disc brakes front and rear, size 195 tyres (15-inch), diffuser at rear and green heat-insulating window glass.

Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Comfortline

The middle equipment level "Comfortline" has the following additional features compared to the previous model: ParkPilot front and rear, high-end instrument cluster, "Plus" multifunction display, sliding drawers under the front seats, new "Composition Touch" radio system with SD card interface and Driver Alert System.

Also standard (excerpt, features in addition to those of Trendline): comfort seats with special seat upholstery ("Zoom" design) and lumbar support in front, "Dark Silver brushed" accents, cargo opening and centre armrest in rear seat backrest, chrome look on rotary light switch and mirror adjustment switches, storage pockets and folding tables on backrests of front seats, storage compartment with cover in rooflining, 12V accessory plug in luggage compartment, illuminated vanity mirror, fabric floor mats, leather trimmed steering wheel and shift lever grip, 16-inch alloy wheels ("Dover" type).

Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Highline

The top version of the Golf Sportsvan, compared to the Highline version of the Golf Plus, is marked by such extra features as chrome frames for the side windows and ambient lights. Compared to the Golf Sportsvan Comfortline, it has the following additional features (excerpt): heated front seats, top comfort seat system with centre panels in Alcantara, inner surfaces of lateral supports in "Global" cloth design, "Piano Black" inlays, chrome accents for the electric window controls, LED reading lights front and rear, automatic climate control, leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel, heated windscreen washer nozzles, bi-xenon headlights with headlight cleaning system, fog lights with chrome surrounds, dark-red rear lights and 17-inch alloy wheels ("Dijon").

Engines and gearboxes

The Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan is being offered with a range of six new engines. They are fitted as standard with a stop-start system and consume up to 20 per cent less fuel than the engine versions of the previous model. The fuel economy improvements were achieved in the designs of the engines themselves as well as by vehicle-specific measures (including lightweight design and aerodynamics). The four turbocharged petrol direct-injection engines (TSI) produce 63 kW / 85 PS, 81 kW / 110 PS, 92 kW / 125 PS and 110 kW / 150 PS of power. The range of the turbodiesel direct-injection engines (TDI) covers two power levels: 81 kW / 110 PS and 110 kW / 150 PS. Except for the 63 kW TSI, all of the engines may be combined with an optional automatic dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The 1.6 TDI BlueMotion with 110 PS is representative of just how efficient the new engines of the Golf Sportsvan are in combination with the improved vehicle parameters. It consumes just 3.9 l/100 km (equates to 101 g/km CO2). An independent BlueMotion version that features aerodynamic modifications and tyres optimised for low rolling resistance is already available in Germany; the Golf TDI BlueMotion consumes just 3.6 l/100 km (equates to 95 g/km CO2) - the best fuel economy in the compact MPV segment.

1.2 TSI with 63 kW / 85 PS

The base engine of the VW Golf Sportsvan is no longer a naturally aspirated engine as in the previous model (1.4 MPI with 59 kW / 80 PS), rather it is a turbocharged, direct-injection TSI engine with 63 kW / 85 PS (4,300 to 5,300 rpm). Fuel consumption of the new 1.2 TSI: 4.9 l/100 km (equates to 114 g/km CO2). Turbocharging has boosted the torque at this power level compared to the old entry-level engine (1.4 MPI) from 132 to 160 Nm (over a range from 1,400 to 3,500 rpm). And that has a very positive effect on agility. The new Golf Sportsvan 1.2 TSI BlueMotion Technology has a top speed of 177 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 13.2 seconds.

1.2 TSI with 81 kW / 110 PS

With a power output of 110 PS, the new VW Golf Sportsvan only consumes 5.1 l/100 km (equates to 117 g/km CO2). The engine's maximum power is available over the engine speed range of 4,600 to 5,600 rpm. The TSI outputs its maximum torque of 175 Nm between 1,400 and 4,000 rpm. At this power level, the new Golf Sportsvan 1.2 TSI BlueMotion Technology has a top speed of 192 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 10.7 seconds. As an alternative to the standard 6-speed manual gearbox, this engine may also be ordered with a 7-speed DSG; in this case fuel consumption is 5.0 l/100 km (116 g/km CO2).

1.4 TSI with 92 kW / 125 PS

At the next power level, the 1.4-litre TSI with 125 PS (5,000 to 6,000 rpm) makes its appearance in sporty fashion. It enables a top speed of 200 km/h and a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds. Its maximum torque is an impressive 200 Nm (from 1,400 rpm). The Golf Sportsvan 1.4 TSI BlueMotion Technology with 125 PS only consumes 5.4 l/100 km (equates to 125 g/km CO2). A 7-speed DSG is available as an option; it reduces fuel consumption to 5.2 l/100 km (121 g/km CO2).

1.4 TSI with 110 kW / 150 PS

The 150-PS TSI of the Golf Sportsvan develops its maximum power between 5,000 and 6,000 rpm. In the Golf Sportsvan, this engine has a combined fuel consumption of just 5.5 l/100 km (127 g/km CO2); with the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the figure is just 5.4 l/100 km (123 g/km CO2). The 16-valve four-cylinder engine, which generates a high 250 Nm torque that is constantly available from 1,500 to 3,500 rpm, accelerates the Golf Sportsvan 1.4 TSI BlueMotion Technology to 100 km/h in just 8.8 seconds. Its top speed is 212 km/h (for both gearbox versions).

1.6 TDI with 81 kW / 110 PS

The 110-PS TDI of the Golf Sportsvan consumes just 3.9 l/100 km (equates to 101 g/km CO2). Its maximum power is reached between 3,200 and 4,000 rpm, and its maximum torque of 250 Nm is available between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. Fitted with this TDI, the Golf Sportsvan 1.6 TDI BlueMotion Technology with the standard manual gearbox accelerates to 100 km/h in 11.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 192 km/h. As an option, the Golf Sportsvan may be combined with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox at this power level. In this case, combined fuel consumption is 4.0 l/100 km (equates to 104 g/km CO2). Driving performance data of the independent Golf Sportsvan TDI BlueMotion (3.6 l/100 km; 95 g/km CO2): 11.3 seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h and a top speed of 196 km/h.

2.0 TDI with 110 kW / 150 PS

The combined fuel consumption of 4.3 l/100 km (112 g/km CO2) is an excellent figure for a 150 PS engine. The 2.0-litre TDI has two balancer shafts, which make it run very smoothly. It develops its maximum power between 3,500 and 4,000 rpm. The TDI makes its maximum torque of 340 Nm available at a low 1,750 rpm (up to 3,000 rpm). At this power level, the new Golf Sportsvan 2.0 TSI BlueMotion Technology with a manual gearbox has a top speed of 212 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds. This Golf Sportsvan can be ordered with a dual-clutch gearbox (6-speed DSG) as an option. In this case, fuel consumption is 4.7 l/100 km (122 g/km CO2).

Running gear

To achieve the goal of minimising weight, a separate rear suspension was developed for engine versions with less than 92 kW / 125 PS: the modular lightweight suspension. The modular performance suspension is used for the more powerful engine versions from 92 kW / 125 PS. Volkswagen has integrated a MacPherson suspension at the front. Unlike the Golf Plus, the new Golf Sportsvan now has the XDS+ electronic differential lock as standard. The optional DCC dynamic chassis control and driving profile Selector are being introduced for the first time.


Technically, the XDS+ electronic differential lock is a functionality that is integrated in the electronic stabilisation programme (ESC) for improved vehicle dynamics. XDS+, which is tuned to be model-specific, is an extension of the XDS function that is familiar from the previous model; it now handles all unbraked driving states. The new system increases agility and reduces the necessary steering input angle by targeted brake interventions at the wheels at the inside of a bend on both axles. That is, the braking torque applied by XDS+ minimises the steering angle difference compared to a neutrally steering vehicle. In addition, XDS+ is effective at all conceivable road friction values; even on snow, it leads to more precise handling. The familiar properties of XDS - such as significantly reduced understeer and improved traction - were also perfected.

DCC adaptive chassis control

The latest generation of DCC adaptive chassis control offers the three driving modes "Comfort", "Normal" and "Sport", which can be selected and displayed within the driving profile selector via the touchscreen on the centre console. In the "Sport" mode, a very agile style of driving is implemented, while the "Comfort" mode makes the VW Golf Sportsvan exceptionally comfortable. In the "Individual" driving profile, the DCC mode can even be assigned other driving profile properties.

Driving profile selector

A total of four programmes, or five programmes when DCC is ordered, are available in the driving profile selector. They are: Eco, Sport, Normal, Individual, and in combination with DCC the additional Comfort. In the "Eco" driving mode, engine control, the air conditioning unit and other auxiliary systems are controlled for optimal fuel-efficiency. In vehicles fitted with DSG, the Eco mode also offers a coasting function; when the driver releases the accelerator pedal - such as on route sections with a descent - the DSG decouples, and the engine runs at idle. This optimally utilises the kinetic energy of the VW Golf Sportsvan. In the "Sport" mode, on the other hand, damping is increased (which reduces body movements), and engine response and shifting points of the DSG are configured to be more dynamic.

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