VW Golf Sportsvan spied

9 Dec, 2013 1:49pm Jonathan Burn

A production–ready VW Golf Sportsvan has been spotted undisguised during winter testing

Following the debut of the Golf Sportsvan concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, our spies have spotted a production-ready version of VW’s latest MPV, ahead of going on sale in autumn next year.

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Spied completely undisguised, the Sportsvan looks showroom-ready and virtually unchanged from the concept model.  It sits on the same versatile MQB platform as the Golf hatch on which it’s based.

There is still no official confirmation on what name the MPV will carry when it hits showrooms in 2014. The original Golf Plus name was dropped in favour of Golf Sportsvan for the concept car, but VW is staying tight-lipped about how the production model will be badged.

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The concept measured in at 4,338mm long, making the Sportsvan 134mm shorter than the old Golf Plus, but 83mm longer than the current Golf. The 48mm longer wheelbase and elevated roofline will boost interior space and load lugging ability.

As it’s based on the current Mk7 Golf, the engine line-up from the hatch will be carried over. Turbocharged petrol engines ranging from 84bhp to 148bhp and two diesel engines producing 109bhp and 148bhp will be available. A frugal Bluemotion variant will be offered, promising 76.3mpg and emitting only 95 g/km of CO2, making it exempt from road tax.

Orders are likely to begin in spring next year and prices shouldn’t stray too much from the outgoing Golf Plus, so a price tag of around £19,000 is expected.

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Shades of an early-model Zafira? Should be more economical, though I wonder if the versatility will be better, too.

If I gambled, I would wager an AE rating of 5 stars, based on the photograph.

VW Sports Van?!!? German car titles have become a little weird. They are called the opposite of what they are. A GT is a huge fat hatchback, a sportsback is an estate, there is something called a "sports van", etc...

Wow, a Sportsvan... looks really mean, especially with the rally style additional headlights.

On a serious note, what a dull looking car with a ridicolous name. An appliance. Other than plain white, it will be also available in "cool" silver :-)


If there's one thing a van should never be, it's sporty. They're already too fast, but going fast around corners will displace the contents of the load bay.
Of course, this is neither sporty, nor a van, so all's well for now...

Sportsvan...... Seriously? Surely the most inappropriate name for a car since the Mitsubishi Charisma!!

Sportsvan, hahahah