Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan

VW Golf Plus
Credits: Pete Gibson
10 Sep, 2013 4:22pm Tom Philips

Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan concept revealed, production model to ditch Golf Plus name

This is the VW Golf Sportsvan, which has joined the Golf R and electric e-Golf on Volkswagen’s Frankfurt motor show stand.

The concept is a near-production-ready version of the next-generation VW Golf Plus, based on the same MQB platform as the standard hatch but with a larger cabin.

The Sportsvan name is likely to be used instead of Golf Plus in Europe, while a new name that includes the Golf title will be used when the car goes on sale here in mid-2014.

At 4,338mm long, the Sportsvan is 134mm shorter than the old Golf Plus, but 83mm longer than the current Golf and has a 48mm-longer wheelbase and higher roofline to boost leg and headroom in the rear.

Frankfurt motor show 2013

Boot space stands at 498 litres, but this can be increased to 585 litres by sliding the rear bench forward 180mm. That’s 66 litres more than in the old Plus, although slightly down on the Estate’s 605 litres.

With the 60:40-split rear seat backs folded, the Sportsvan has 1,512-litre of room. As an option, the front passenger seat can fold flat, creating a load space that can accommodate an object up to 2,484mm in length.

The next-generation Plus will have the same line-up of stop-start-equipped engines as the hatch. That includes petrol turbos ranging from 84bhp to 148bhp, plus 109bhp and 148bhp turbodiesels. There’ll also be an efficient 1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion, promising 76.3mpg economy and 95g/km of CO2 emissions. All will be available with the option of a DSG gearbox, except the entry level 84bhp car.

The safety kit from the Golf SE and above, including post-collision braking, Adaptive Cruise Control and City Emergency Braking, are all likely to be standard on this car, as VW aims to sell the car’s safety credentials to its young family target customers.

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Doesnt matter what words you use - it is still a VW aborted foetus that not everyone wants.

Cor! Two pieces about the same vehicle within days of one another. Just the sort of thing to provoke the odd swear word from a certain correspondent.
You really do ask for some of the uncomplimentary remarks about partiality that get posted here.

There is no car that everyone wants. "Aborted foetus" is not a criticism, it is an emotional squeak. I will probably buy one of these when my B180 petrol gets too old - another car that not everyone wants.

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