Car for diapers or pensioners have become obsolete, at least in advertising. The models remain practical but are sportily and verbally refreshed. BMW will soon bring the active tourer and from the well-known senior car Golf Plus it's the Sportsvan.
"We want to attract young families with the golf Sportsvan", says Barbara Finger from the VW Marketing Department. However, VW has awarded the Gulf not only a new name, but also significantly expanded it. Passengers will appreciate the high seating position in the golf Sportsvan. The resulting visibility is really good.
And the sense of space. The wheelbase compared to the golf plus has expanded almost eleven inches. This length complements well with the perfectly crisp design. Must be so, because BMW deliberately plays the sporting card with the active tourer.
VW Golf Sportsvan 2.0 TDI
More space means more length
The total length of the Sportsvan of 4.43 meters is around eight centimeters longer than the normal Golf and dominates the Wolfsburg compact classes bestseller with a height of 1.58 meters by just under thirteen centimeters. There, even tall people have don't worry that they'll hit their heads. This is true by the way, for both front and rear seats.
In the rear, it is comfortable for adults if the - sliding to 18 centimentre in length - rear seat back is in its rearmost position. But even then, the luggage compartment holds 500 litres. With the rear seat backs folded, the luggage compartment volume grows to1520 litres. The Mercedes-Benz B-class has 488 to 1547 litres.
In order to fold the rear seat backs one must pull loops from the trunk. The VW developers made the system work so easily. With the backrest folded the load floor rises slightly to the front. The loading edge is just low enough to allow a relaxed loading. Underneath is a separate volume in which you can store various paraphernalia. Bicycles can be transported with a with a foldable carrier attached to the (850 euro optional) tow hitch.
It mostly looks like in the Golf
That a VW, even when called a Sportsvan, holds no significant Interior innovations should surprise nobody. In the cockpit, not only a VW connoisseur finds their way immediately. Everything is where you'd expect it from the Golf. Build quality is, as expected, solid: Non soft-touch dashboard surfaces have discrete piano lacquer and the opening door of the glove compartment has a significant strength. There's nothing that rattles. You can see that even in Wolfsburg not all that glitters is gold, by the use of hard plastic in the lower part of the dashboard. Also the normal fabric seats are too soft and offer not exactly excessive lateral support.
Known engines on board
But that does not mean that you must preach renunciation by Golf-minivan. The famous 150-Horsepower diesel pulls vigorously and accelerates the 1474-kilogram Sportsvan in 9.2 seconds from zero to 100 km/h. And even in a hurry with the little rascals in the back going off on holiday you can glide along the motorway at up to 212 mh/h. Driving the Sportsvan is relaxing due to the maximum torque of 340 NM, which is available from 1750 RPM. This ease in the control of the gas pedal alsoaffects fuel consumption: the minivan using only 4.4 l/100 km. The chassis is set up to be comfortable, but with the (optional) adaptive dampers, you can breathe quite some athleticism into the Wolfsburg family truck.
It is impressive how quietly the minivan rides. Wind noise is hardly noticed, and, once the diesel has warmed up, neither is the motor. On the other hand, the 125 HP 1.4 TSI petrol engine is more audible. Also the sprint to 100 km/h takes 0.7 seconds longer than the diesel engine and the top speed is more than enough with 200 km/h. The consumption is 5.6 l / 100 km also acceptable - even if he is likely to be higher in everyday life.
More assistance on board
So that the new golf van can compete with the Mercedes-Benz B-class and the BMW active tourer, Wolfsburg has integrated some premium items in the vehicle. Wolfsburg is no slouch, especially with assistance systems: first, there is the so-called blind spot Wizard, which not only observed the blind spot when driving, but also when reversing out of parking and, if necessary, brakes . With only 360 euro charge this feature is quite affordable. Otherwise, there are known helpers from the Golf - most, such as adaptive cruise control, cornering light or the masked main beam cost extra, which varies depending on the version . Only, air conditioning and multi collision brake are standard across all versions.
Cheaper than the Premium marks
As a more practical vehicle, the price does play a role: the entry-level version of Sportsvan with 85 hp is advertised at 19,625 euros. The much better -equipped two-liter diesel will cost at least 28,350 euros .
Mercedes -Benz wants 26 834 euros for the cheapest B-Class with 122 hp gasoline . The Sportsvan 1.4 -liter 125 PS TSI with 24,525 euros significantly undercuts this . BMW will price its Active Tourer based the Mercedes -Benz B-Class.
The sport van will compete with the upcoming Touran which, however, will offer even more space.
A real price competitor is the Ford C-Max . That's five inches shorter and costs with the 125 -hp 1.0 -liter Eco -boost engine from 21,590 euros. For the 140 - horsepower diesel Cologne charge 24,440 euros. In fact, C-Max and Grand C -Max will be sold at a substantial discount.