VW Golf enthusiasts who were looking for extra room in their hatchbacks got their fill when VW launched the Golf Sportsvan. In addition to being roomier, the Sportsvan is more practical than its smaller hatchback brother. If you live in the states don’t expect to see this bigger “Golf” on the streets; the automaker only offers it in the European market and has no immediate plans to try out the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan in the U.S. market. After around three years since its initial debut, the Sportsvan is set to receive its first ever upgrade. The automaker recently released photos of the model before its public display at the upcoming International Motor Show next month (September) in Frankfurt.
2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Exterior
This is the first time the Sportsvan is receiving an upgrade since its launch. The new exterior upgrades include a redesigned bumper and new halogen headlights that integrate LED DRLs. LED headlights are available as an option. LED taillights are now standard.
On the sides, buyers will have an option to choose from five alloy wheel designs with the diameter of the wheels ranging from 16 inches to 18 inches. The automaker has also added a new color option for the Sportsvan, i.e. the Cranberry Red that is used on the model whose photos VW released recently.
Sliding into the cabin, you will find a redesigned cabin with new fabric upholstery materials. Leather upholstery is available for higher trims. The most striking new addition is the Discover Pro Radio as well as satellite navigation system; these are accessed via a 9.2-inch touch-screen display which supports gesture control. The system has enhanced graphics and enhanced performance over the previous system. There are also five capacitive buttons for controlling other functions. In addition, VW has added a “Media Control” app that enables users to send commands to the infotainment system via their smartphones or tablets through a Wi-Fi hotspot.
VW has also enhanced the safety of the Sportsvan by adding a host of driver assist systems including traffic jam assist with semi-automatic stop & go driving during cruises that do not exceed 35 mph, pedestrian monitoring with emergency braking, parking assist and trailer assist. The Sportsvan will also feature a “Security & Service” package that sends automatic accident notice to your rescue company, roadside servicing as well as automatically schedules the model for servicing.
Engine and performance
Volkswagen is yet to make available information of the 2018 Golf Sportsvan drive-trains. However, our sources reveal that the model will feature five engines comprised of three TSI units and two TDI units. Two of the three gasoline sippers will be equipped with Active Cylinder Deactivation to help save fuel in conditions where all four cylinders are not needed. The system can completely deactivate two cylinders according to reports from our credible sources.
Price and release date
We will get more information about the model when it is showcased to the public starting on September 12 at the Frankfurt Auto show. Sales are expected to commence this fall in the native Germany and the rest of Europe. I don’t expect the Sportsvan’s prices to stray overmuch from the current £19,905 to £28,260 range.
Although the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan is not a true MPV, it competes with real MPVs such as the Ford C-Max and Citroen Picasso.