The Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Concept, the successor to the Golf Plus, made its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). As expected, the new concept is based on the MQB platform just like the multi-award-winning Golf hatchback. It makes use of all the state-of-the-art technologies of that car, but in a body style that’s bigger and more practical.
It has an exterior design that’s inspired by the Golf and the more generic ‘DNA’ of Volkswagen. The new Sportsvan is 4,338 mm long, which makes it longer than the Golf Plus by 134 mm and the Golf by 83mm. It’s also shorter than the Golf Estate by 224 mm. The Sportsvan has a bigger interior space due to the 2,685 mm wheelbase being 48 mm longer than that of the Golf.
On the other hand, the new Sportsvan is wider by 80 mm, at 1,870 mm, and 126 mm higher, at 1,578 mm (with the exception of the roof rails). Its rear seats (60:40 split bench) could slide forwards and backwards by up to 180 mm, expanding either passenger or luggage space as needed.
The Golf Sportsvan is more appealing due to the additional space and its versatility. When compared to its predecessor, the new Sportsvan has a bigger boot capacity. The Golf has a 380-liter capacity while the Sportsvan has a 498-liters capacity (when the back seats are at their rear-most position. The luggage capacity is increased to 585 liters if the rear seats are moved forwards.
If the rear seats are folded, there’s up to 1,512 litres of room. As an option, the front passenger seat can fold fully forward, allowing for a load space that’s up to 2,484 mm long. Similar to the Golf hatchback, the Sportsvan doesn’t just have a stronger, safer body structure.
It also features a series of standard and optional passive and active safety systems, including an automatic post-collision braking system which automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision to significantly lessen the kinetic energy and thus lower the risk of a second impact.
It also has a PreCrash system that can detect the likelihood of an accident and then pre-tensions seatbelts and closes the windows and sunroof, allowing only a small gap, to guarantee that the airbags offer the best protection.