Do you remember the Golf Sportsvan Concept Volkswagen unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show? Well, today it’s time to finally see the production version of this new model out for a test in blustery, winter conditions.

To no surprise, the production version looks nearly identical to the concept, with the only noticeable difference being the slightly revised fog lights on the production version.

The new Golf Sportvan will ride on a wheelbase with about 1.96 inches longer than the standard Golf and the body is about 0.3 inches wider. The most obvious of differences between the Golf and this Sportsvan is that it is taller than the standard Golf.

The new model will come as a replacement for the old Golf Plus, and VW built it as a combination between a minivan and a hatchback. Its demographic is younger families who like the roomier interior, but still prefer the compact size on the outside.

Expect the new Volkswagen Golf Sportvan to be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, with the first deliveries starting in mid 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf Sportvan.

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    84 @ 4300
  • Torque @ RPM:
    118 @ 1400
  • Displacement:
    1.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    10 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    109 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    25400
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  • car segment:
  • body style:

Spy shots

12/18/2013 Spy Shots - Initial Contact

2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Exterior Spyshots
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2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Exterior Spyshots
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As a surprise to anyone, the new Golf Sportvan looks identical to the standard Golf VII, except, of course, the increased size of this compact minivan. Everything else is taken from the Golf hatchback, including the headlights, taillights, grille, and the overall look.

Exterior

Exterior Dimensions

Length 4,338 MM (170.78 Inches)
Width 1,807 MM (71.14 Inches)
Height 1,578 MM (62.12 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,685 MM (105.70 Inches)
Track, front/rear 1,543/1,514 MM (60.74/59.60 Inches)

Interior

Drivetrain

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 1.6 TDI BMT 2.0 TDI BMT 1.2 TSI BMT 1.2 TSI BMT 1.4 TSI BMT 1.4 TSI BMT
Type of engine 4-cyl. diesel engine TDI BMT 4-cyl. diesel engine TDI BMT 4-cyl. petrol engine TSI BMT 4-cyl. petrol engine TSI BMT 4-cyl. petrol engine TSI BMT 4-cyl. petrol engine TSI BMT
Effective displacement 1,598 1,968 1,197 1,197 1,395 1,395
Valves per cylinder 4 4 4 4 4 4
Injection / Charge Common Rail / Turbocharger Common Rail / Turbocharger Direct injection / Turbocharger Direct injection / Turbocharger Direct injection / Turbocharger Direct injection / Turbocharger
Output (HP @ RPM) 108 @ 3,200 - 4,000 147 @ 3,500 - 4,000 84 @ 4,300 - 5,300 108 @ 4,600 - 5,600 123 @ 5,000 - 6,000 147 @ 5,000 - 6,000
Max. torque (LB-FT @ RPM) 184 @ 1,500 - 3,000 250 @ 1,750 - 3,000 118 @ 1,400 - 3,500 129 @ 1,400 - 4,000 147 @ 1,400 - 4,000 184 @ 1,500 - 3,500
Top Speed 192 km/h (119 mph) 212 km/h (131 mph) 177 km/h (109 mph) 192 km/h (119 mph) 200 km/h (124 mph) 212 km/h (131 mph)

Prices

Competition

Ford B-Max

2013 Ford B-Max Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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The Ford B-Max — the company’s new minivan — was unveiled in early 2012, and it went into production in June 2012. Just like with all the other models in the company’s lineup the model uses the latest Kinetic Design theme, and is the perfect alternative for the big families out there.

The B-Max is offered with a wide range of engines, including the Ford’s new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine with direct injection and turbo.

Nissan Note

2013 Nissan Note High Resolution Exterior
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The new-generation Nissan Note went on sale in the fall of 2012, and according to Nissan it is one of the the most user-friendly car in its segment.

The new Note has adopted a striking character line, known as the "Squash Line," and was built on a new platform that makes it lighter than the model it replaces. The Note is offered with a choice of two new engines, including the new supercharged HR12DDR (DIG-S) and the HR12DE mated to the next-generation XTRONIC CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) combined with a start-stop system.

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Press Release

With the new Golf Sportsvan, Volkswagen is also continuing its product offensive in the compact class in 2014. The seventh generation Golf made its debut in autumn 2012; following in 2013 were the new Golf Estate, 4MOTION models with all-wheel drive, the sporty icons Golf GTI, Golf GTD and Golf R. The range was completed this spring by the e-Golf with an all-electric drive system. Before the Golf GTE, the first plug-in hybrid model, appears on the market this autumn, the Sportsvan is now entering the segment of compact MPVs. The successor to the successful Golf Plus (which sold over 500,000 units in Germany alone) is equipped with an interior that is as sophisticated as it is versatile (rear bench seat has 180 mm longitudinal adjustment), it offers a maximum cargo capacity of 1,520 litres and impresses with a significantly sportier charisma than the predecessor. Not only were the body and interior newly designed, the range of engines was also updated. The new engines are equipped with a stop-start system as standard, and in conjunction with other vehicle improvements, they make the Golf Sportsvan up to 20 per cent more fuel-efficient than the versions of the previous model.

2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan High Resolution Exterior
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Turbocharged engines. 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: 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 Sportsvan TDI BlueMotion consumes just 3.6 l/100 km (equates to 95 g/km CO2).

Sporty compact MPV. Technically, the Golf Sportsvan follows the layout of the modular transverse matrix (MQB). And so it exhibits significant differences from the previous model: the proportions of the Golf Sportsvan were designed to be much more dynamic; the front overhangs are shorter, and the wheelbase is longer. In addition, innovative lightweight design by Volkswagen has reduced the weight of this MQB model by up to 90 kg. The interior also has a perfected package thanks to the MQB, which further optimises its utility. The driver and front passenger once again enjoy an elevated seating position in the Golf Sportsvan, but the driver’s seat was made noticeably sportier. Having a large influence on the further optimised ergonomics is the cockpit, which was also re-designed for a clean layout and sophisticated look. Despite the elevated seat position, the feeling is more of sitting in an elegant and sporty SUV than in an MPV.

2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan High Resolution Exterior
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No more blind spot. In this Volkswagen, the worlds of compacts and MPVs meld together into a new Golf that offers more space for active recreation, family and the job. The Golf Sportsvan impresses with state-of-the-art assistance systems. They include the Blind Spot Monitor which integrates Rear Traffic Alert, which is a first for the Golf. While driving, the Blind Spot Monitor warns the driver of vehicles in the blind spot. When reversing out of a parking space, the system also recognises cross-traffic approaching behind the car that can be difficult for the driver to see; not only can it then warn the driver, but if a collision is imminent, the system automatically activates an emergency braking function.

Innovative assistance systems. Volkswagen is also offering numerous other high-tech systems in the Golf Sportsvan. They include technologies such as the 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. A new generation of radio and radio-navigation systems (top system Discover Pro with WLAN hotspot) and a 400 Watt sound system (Dynaudio Excite) with subwoofer and new centre speaker (in upper dashboard) bring a perfected infotainment world into the cars. Fitting in well with these systems are new mobile online services such as "Google Earth™ map service", "Google Street View™" and "Online Traffic Information".

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