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.