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Golf Sportsvan road tests



VW makes the golf plus the golf Sportsvan. That means more space and more fresh sheet metal, but does it mean a younger, hipper car?

New name, new look, new price: The golf plus is now called Sportsvan and is 400 euros more expensive source: VW

St. Tropez - Golf plus: that sounds like a generation "50 plus", perhaps "60 plus". In the case of the golf plus it is the problem. The high roof golf like especially older semesters due to its elevated seating position. Everyone thinks that, VW don't like it at all. With 900,000 so far (worldwide) copies of the compact MPV based on golf sells well. But the image is old-fashione
A sporty name doesn't make an athlete - VW instead wants a young, hip van. An active touring bike from Wolfsburg. For this reason, Sportsvan should be the good honest golf plus style. How much sport and how much van in it is, we test during a ride over the hilly coastal roads along the CŰte d'Azur.

Before boarding, it is clear: from a compact MPV also VW is no sports car. The engines of the Sportsvan all come from the Golf. Four Turbo petrol engine options are available (85, 110, 125 and 150 PS) and two turbo diesel (110 and 150 PS).

All are likely to be well finished with the 1,320 to 1.474 kilograms. But mostly the 1.4 litre petrol engine driven by us brings driving pleasure. With the 150-Horsepower TSI our Sportsvan accelerates quickly. In 8.8 seconds, 100 km/h are reached. On Highway-capable 50 to 60 kilometres per hour, the feeling after you is very fast. The six-speed-manual transmission changes crisply with a short throw.

For the first time available with Adaptive chassis control

Up to 150 km/h, the golf plus successor runs cleanly, then the van loses urge. From 3,500 rpm the high roof costs driving dynamics: in curves, you realize the centrifugal force and can hear the motor straining. The specified top speed of 212 mph is academic; hardly interesting to a buyer.

The chassis is, however, interesting. The Sportsvan rides well and firmly on the road. it swallows French bumps and potholes smoothly and without bluster. Optionally, now also the adaptive chassis control DCC can be ordered, as standard, there are the progressive steering known from the GTI. In quick, tight curves, you can feel the centrifugal forces tugging at the high-roof golf like on a full-blown van.

More "van" as a "Sport"

If the disadvantages of a van disrupt the benefits can't be far off. With 4.34 meters the Sportsvan is 13 inches longer than the old golf plus and eight centimeters longer than its base, the golf. It is also 4.8 inches wider (1.81 meters) and has a 10 inch longer wheelbase (2.69 m) than its pr
The trunk grows compared to the golf plus from 424 to 500 liters. Inside front, in the middle and behind the rear door of the Sportsvan there's plenty of space. Driver and passenger sit far to the front, the passengers in the rear can really stretch out their legs. The trunk has been increased 4.7 inches from 424 litres to 500. If the split rear seat completely folded in the ratio of 40:20:40, the cargo area holds 1,520 liters.

Practical: The entire back seat can be slid like its predecessor. Then place the rear passengers up to 18 centimetres shrink, but the trunk grows to 590 litres. Moving is easy by hand, however there's a deep edge is doing behind the rear seats. Small items should then be stored somewhere else.

So that in the future younger people appreciate the car, the Sportsvan is not only bigger, but also slicker. While growing the Sportsvan in length and width the height remains almost unchanged. The Golf thus seems flatter than it is.

The elevated seating position remains. In the new Sportsvan you can sit while an inch lower than in the golf plus, but still at least 6 inches higher than the current golf. Getting in remains easy with visibility improved.but don't expect too much. The good visibility is less a consequence of the slightly elevated seating position, but rather the greater glass area. VW has five windows on each side. The view looking over one's shoulder is particularly improved.

The blind spot sensor available for the first time in the Sportsvan will not be superfluous - when reversing out of a Bay lying perpendicular to the roadway, it scans the passing traffic automatically braking in an emergency.

A new name doesn't make a new car yet. In the case of the Sportsvan, the increase in space and versatility are especially interesting. As before young families will appreciate it - the name is likely to do so little to help.

The Sportsvan is a great improvement on its predecessor. You can feel the loss of 90 kg of weight and it's up to 20 percent more economical, the 1.4 litre petrol engine using 8.6 instead of 5.6 liters on our test drive.

The Sportsvan is available now (only continental Europe). The prices start at 19.625 euros for the 85-HP gasoline engine with five-speed gearbox. Thus the Sportsvan is around 400 euros more expensive than the estate and 2,300 euros more expensive than a golf. Our test car cost 25.825 euros.

Technical data - VW Golf Sportsvan

Engine: 1.4 liter gasoline engine with Turbo and direct injection

Transmission: Six-speed manual transmission

Power: 150 HP, 110 kW

Torque: 250 NM

0-100 km/h in s: 8.8

Vmax: 212 km / h

Consumption: 5.5-5.6 l (NEDC), 8.6 (test)

CO2: 130-127 g / km

Length x width x height in m: 4.34 x 1.81 x 1.58

: Weight 1,391

Trunk volume: 500-1,520 l

Price: from Euro 25.825

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From nerd to practical sport with a twist : Thus VW launches the new Sportsvan. The successor to the Golf Plus has a new design and looks fresher. At the same time it offers the old virtues .
The VW Golf Plus was boring, but a success, with over 500 000 copies in Germany alone, it became one of the most important models. Now Wolfsburg brings Sportsvan, the successor. The third body version of the Golf VII is more practical than the station wagon and easier to handle than the Touran and significantly better looking. For this, however you must dig a little deeper into your pocket : With a starting price of 19 625 euros, the new Sportsvan is about 1500 euros higher than the normal golf and about 500 euros over the Variant.

More car for more money?
The money is well spent : With this skillful dimensional concept and the raised seating position of the Sportsvan is possibly the best golf in the family. With a length of 4.34 meters, it towers over three-and five-door hatchback to eight inches , but is still 22 inches shorter than the estate and correspondingly handier.
Because the wheelbase was stretched by five inches, not only is the trunk larger, which even in its basic configuration is 500 liters but can also be expanded to up to 1520 liters. And the legroom of backbenchers is better. Above all, you can enter the front and rear more conveniently than in other Gulf versions because the seats are installed up to nine centimeters higher depending on the setting . This may, is on paper be a trifle, but in practice it makes a big difference. And one gets better views you can enjoy into the bargain.

Little things make the difference
But it is not only the format that makes the difference. Compared with the ordinary golf the Sportsvan boasts a sliding 18 centimeters back seat with adjustable backrests and a lot of clever details: In the dual cargo floor there is a storage compartment for the rear parcel shelf, the tailgate has a power option , the center armrest is more ergonomic, the monitor the new center console is higher and therefore easier to read and between the seats perched probably the most practical cup holder in the VW program. No coincidence that he along with two adjustable cup claws even a rubber band enabling rattle-free storage of phone or wallet.
The high-roof Golf has always been spacious and practical. Only it was unfortunately quite ugly, or at least terribly boring . This is what has been thoroughly changed when moving to the Sportsvan : stretched wheelbase , shortened overhangs , the roof hump flattened and and a line visually drawn with its distinctive window graphic and the thick beading on the waistline to the length of the car looks now actually racy and so loses the stigma of pensioners car.

Sporty is mainly the name
However, one must not be fooled by the name and the. Even if the marketing makes every effort is still not a professional athlete. As well as if the most powerful engines in the range , with four gasoline and two diesel barely afford 110 kW/150 hp and the suspension is tuned on top of that a little more comfortable than in the basic model ? Not that the space cruiser would be lame and boring. Especially not with the top gasoline engine with 250 Nm and DSG gearbox . After all, that is enough for a sprint value of 8.8 seconds and a top speed of 212 km/h. But whoever hears the name Sportsvan and thinks GTI will be disappointed by the new model - even if VW offers an optional crisp progressive steering and DCC adaptive chassis control that changes on a button the character of the entire car.
Therefore the speedometer brings less satisfaction than the fuel gauge : With the change in generation of Sportsvan needs up to 20 percent less fuel . The most economical BlueMotion diesel comes with 81 kW/110 hp to a consumption of 3.6 liters and CO2 emissions of 95 g/km and even the most powerful gasoline engine is available as a DSG model with 5.4 liters and 123 g/km in the list. In this case, all engines fulfill the Euro 6 standard, and are a little bit ahead of the normal golf. The Sportsvan is also advanced in the assistance systems. It's the first to get an electronic rear area monitoring, which also controls the cross traffic, sounding an alarm when leaving a parking spot and detecting a cyclist , a pedestrian or another car.

While it is still not enough to quicken the pulse accelerator, the change to Sportsvan from Golf Plus has been well done . Because the car looks a lot better than before, and on top of that has become even more practical : So VW has increasesd the added value and made the possibly best golf in the current program.

Datasheet : VW Golf 1.4 TSI DSG Sportsvan
Engine and Transmission : Four-cylinder turbo gasoline direct-injection
Displacement: 1395 ccm
Max power output: 110 kW/150 hp at 5000-6000 rev / min
Max torque : 250 Nm at 1500-3500 r / min
Drive: Front-wheel drive
Transmission: 7 -speed dual clutch
Dimensions and weights
Length: 4.33 m
Width: 1.80 m
Height: 1.57 m
Wheelbase: 2.68 m
Empty weight: 1409 kg
Load: 566 kg
Boot capacity : 500-1520 liters

Driving data
Maximum speed: 212 km / h
Acceleration 0-100 km / h: 8.8 s
Average fuel consumption : 5.4 litres/100 km
Range: 930 km
CO2 emissions : 123 g / km
Fuel: Super
Emission class: Euro 6
Efficiency class: B

Base price of the model : 16 625 €
Price of the VW Golf 1.4 TSI DSG Sportsvan : 27 675 €
Type classes: K. A.
Road tax : 84 € / year
Major standard equipment
Safety: Seven airbags , ESP, Mutli- collision brake
Comfort: air conditioning, sliding rear seats, electric parking brake
Fuel-saving technology : start -stop system
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First impressions :
The Sportsvan is the new Golf Plus - and it doesn't look it .

Volkswagen says :

Old idea , new name : The design of the value-added models have developed so strongly that VW did not want to retain the nickname " Plus ," explained Barbara Finger from product marketing because the third body version of a bestseller in Wolfsburg will be thought of as a sporty alternative to the van and not a posher estate or even as a five-door hatchback with a high roof.

What she does not say :

The Golf Plus has been a success ( in Germany alone more than 500,000 copies sold ) so far just had a terribly stuffy image and was as sexy as support stockings.

The we noticed :

Despite the optical rejuvenation of Sportsvan is still the golf for those who like things a bit more convenient. The seats are about four inches mounted higher, so that you can more easily get in and out and on top of that gives a better view .
Not only in the first row you will benefit from the new version , but also the backbenchers will enjoy more legroom. Unlike the normal hatchback or station wagon you can move the two split rear seat up to 18 inches for and aft and adjust the inclination of the backrest - You therefore sit more comfortably in the back than in any other Golf .

At the same time it is a practical car, offering 500 liter luggage compartment even with the upright rear seats and decent legroom (120 liters more than the normal golf) and swallows with foldes rear seats up to 1,520 liters. This is only 100 liters less than the significantly longer Golf Variant . In addition there are a few refinements such as the customized storage compartment for the parcel shelf in the lower floor of the trunk, the folding passenger seat for long loads ( up to 2.50 meters) and the option of an electric tailgate.

Chrome trim here, piano lacquer there - wherever you look in the top Highline version, it glitters and sparkles it powerfully on the consoles . "We're preparing ourselves for the increased engagement of the premium brands in this segment," says marketing woman meaning the Active Tourer by BMW or the Mercedes B-Class. The Highline is actually almost as classy as the South German competition. But with a few extras then the price quickly exceeds 35,000 euros and almost reaches the level of the noble competition.

VW says it when Sportsvan probably seriously with the first syllable in the new name. Therefore, it is desired, the progressive steering increases at closer curve radii translation from the Golf GTI and on top of that the DCC suspension with adjustable dampers and a character control at your fingertips. But the more reasonable cut of the Sportsvans and especially among the small differences between the various drive modes Comfort , Eco and Sport , the question arises whether this system really was demanded by the market or only by the marketing.

You have to know: The Sportsvan goes on show at the end of May and will cost at least 19,625 euros. This is 1500 Euro more expensive than a normal golf with five doors and is also 600 Euro higher than the comparable Golf Variant . But the marketing expert would rather compare it with the Touran which would be a price advantage of 3,000 € .

Initially the Sportsvan starts with four petrol and two diesel engines, which cover a power range between 85 and 150 horsepower and are a little ahead the normal golf in already meeting the Euro 6 standard, and up to 20 percent more fuel.

Not only the engines, the Sportsvan - at least temporarily - the nose slightly forward with the assistance systems. For the first time VW offers for this model an optional Ausparksensor at the rear of the car. It monitors the cross traffic when reversing out of a parking space and sounds an alarm or in an emergency applies the brakes when a pedestrian, cyclist or another car approaches .

As always, the VW Golf has also for the Sportsvan a few more options in store . The Sport models GTI or GTD will not, despite the name, be available. Instead there's a Sportsvan BlueMotion with a diesel fuel consumption of 3.6 liters and eventually the four-wheel drive versions with 4Motion technology and trimmed as "cross" variants.

This we'll not forget:

The practical details especially those different to the Golf - the center console with the larger storage compartment for a mobile phone, the detents that hold the double boot floor when loading the underfloor space, and especially the new cupholders between the seats, which are probably more versatile than in any other VW model. Two rotatable cup terminals for each can size , a shelf for your wallet and a wide rubber band that holds loose odds and ends - just for this the Sportsvan earned a big plus .
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With hatchback-like handling and tones of space, the Volkswagen Golf SV easily rivals the Ford C-MAX and Citroen C4 Picasso.


The bigger brother to the Volkswagen Golf has grown up in every way. Ok, the styling may be a little reserved, but for an MPV to so closely mimic the driving dynamics of a hatchback on which itís based is a big achievement. Add bundles of practicality, plus best-in-class efficiency for the Bluemotion model, and the Golf Sportsvan makes a compelling case for itself. Our only reservations are prices, which start from £3,195 more than the cheapest Citroen C4 Picasso and £3,040 more than the entry-level Ford C-MAX.
As an all-rounder the Volkswagen Golf has every base covered. Itís practical, economical and refined, hence 59,051 examples were sold in the UK alone last year. In comparison, the larger and now redundant Volkswagen Golf Plus only sold 1,672 units in the same period, so you have to ask the question: is there really a market for a larger and more practical Golf? Volkswagen thinks so and this time around itís called the Golf Sportsvan (SV).
Itís bigger, lighter and more economical than the model it replaces. The exterior design isnít what youíd call adventurous, but the sharp edges and prominent crease along the flanks do help the Golf Sportsvan neatly disguise its inflated proportions.
At 4,338mm in length, the Volkswagen Golf SV is 134mm longer than the old Golf Plus and 83mm longer than the standard Golf hatch on which itís based. Itís also wider and taller than the standard model by 81mm and 126mm respectively, meaning more passenger and luggage space inside.

A cavernous 500-litre boot is 76-litres bigger than the old Golf Plus and has a 121-litre advantage over the Volkswagen Golf hatchback. Itís also a slightly larger offering than youíll find in the Ford C-MAX, although the Citroen C4 Picasso still trumps the Sportsvan with 537 litres. However, slide the rear seats forwards and a further 90-litres can be liberated in the Golf Sportsvan Ė fold them down and space increases to 1,520-litres.
Elsewhere inside, with the exception of a few more capacious cubby holes, thereís very little separating the Volkswagen Golf Sportvan from the hatch. The dash, centre console and instrument binnacle are near identical and build quality is robust enough to handle the worst a family can hurl at it.
The Volkswagen Golf hatch's DNA extends to the mechanics of the Sportsvan, too. It rides on the same modular MQB platform as the hatch, so gets the same family of engines. Our test car was fitted with the most powerful diesel engine on offer the 148bhp 2.0 TDI, connected to a six-speed DSG gearbox. And for comfortably transporting five people and all of their luggage, it does a fine job.

Itís punchy throughout the rev range and the smooth DSG gearbox shuffles through the ratios with little fuss. Economy, at just under 59mpg, is also impressive but for those who like to keep a close eye on running costs, Volkswagen also offers a fuel-sipping 1.6-litre diesel Bluemotion model capable of 76.3mpg and tax-free emissions of 95g/km of CO2 Ė making it the most efficient MPV in its class.
Other engine options include an 84bhp or 109bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol plus a more powerful 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine in two states of tune Ė 123bhp or 148bhp. For a premium of around £1,400 the automatic DSG gearbox is available as an option available across the range with the exception of the entry-level petrol motor.
As the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan shares so much of its running gear with the hatchback model, the two are very similar match on the road. The steering is sharp and precise and the ride quality hasnít suffered despite the added mass. The only real noticeable difference in the Golf Sportsvan is the slight increase in body roll if you tackle corners with a little too much vigor.
If you go for the flagship GT trim, however, Volkswagen will add firmer sports suspension which helps cancel out some of that excess body roll without disrupting the Golf Sportsvan's ride too much. Plush part-Alcantara seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, all round parking sensors, plus Discover sat nav also come as standard with GT models, like on our test car. Volkswagen's Familiar S and SE trim levels are also available, with kit such as Bluetooth, DAB radio, 5.8-inch colour touchscreen and air con fitted as standard across the range.
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2014 Volkswagen Golf SV review

Volkswagen's new Golf SV is a direct replacement for the Golf Plus, designed to sit between the standard Golf hatchback and roomier estate model, both in terms of practicality and price.
It's based on the same platform as the hatch, but with space as the top priority, so it's 13cm longer and 8cm taller and wider than the standard car. Those dimensions put it in direct competition with traditional MPVs including the Mercedes B-Class and Citroen C4 Picasso.
The engines on offer include a 1.2-litre petrol turbo with either 84bhp or 108bhp, and a 1.4 turbo with 123bhp or 148bhp. The diesel line-up is a 1.6 with either 89bhp or 108bhp, plus a 148bhp 2.0-litre.
What’s the 2014 Volkswagen Golf SV like to drive?
Diesel models are expected to account the majority of sales, and that's not surprising given the 2.0-litre's strong pull from low revs – perfect for hauling a family and their luggage. Despite a slight buzz from the pedals, it stays very smooth, and only becomes strained when pushed hard.
We also drove the 148bhp 1.4 petrol, which offers similar pace when worked, but requires lower gears up steep hills. It's usually only one down-change, though, and it's more refined than the diesel when revved.
The SV benefits from nicely weighted pedals and its manual 'box is slick and precise. Volkswagen's DSG automatic gearbox works well in the SV, too. It can dither over changes from a standstill, but once up to speed it's rarely caught out, offering quick, seamless shifts.
It's not surprising that adding weight and height to a standard Golf causes it to lose some handling agility, but the SV is impressive for an MPV. Compared with its rivals, the SV's body control is tidier and the steering is far more precise.
Our test cars were all fitted with optional adaptive dampers, and we're yet to test them on UK roads, but even left in its 'normal' setting the SV took speed bumps and potholes comfortably in its stride.
That said, it works better on the smaller 16-inch alloys, because highger-spec models with 17-inch wheels tend to pick up on sharp-edged bumps more frequently.
The bigger wheels kick up more road noise on the motorway too, but wind noise is kept to a minimum and all the engines we tried faded into the background when cruising at a steady speed.
What’s the 2014 Volkswagen Golf SV like inside?
All of your passengers will be more comfortable in the SV than they'd be in the standard Golf. There's a wide range of adjustment to both front seats and a huge amount of headroom thanks to the taller roof. The driver also has excellent all-round visibility, because of the SV's thin pillars and tall windows.
The dash is slightly taller and more upright than the standard Golf's, but if anything, this makes it easier to reach. It's just as easy to use, too, and features nicely damped, clearly labelled switches. It feels well built, too.
In the back, there's more headroom than you'd find in, say, a Citroen C4 Picasso, but less than you get in a Mercedes B-Class. There's enough for even tall adults though, and they won't struggle for knee room.
There's enough space for three children to sit across the back bench, and the flat floor makes things more comfortable for anyone stuck in the middle, but without individual seats it's not as flexible as a C4 Picasso in the back.
The boot is a generous 500-litres, which is larger than the B-Class's. It's a nice square shape inside too, and the rear seats slide forward to trade rear knee room for more space, but only in a 60/40 configuration.
Should you need to carry even more, the SV's rear seats also split 40/20/40 and fold down flat, as long as the adjustable boot floor is in its highest position. The front passenger seat folds down too, making loading longer items like flat-pack furniture easier.
Every version of the SV has seven airbags, a colour touch-screen, Bluetooth, DAB digital radio, air-con and a post-collision braking system. SE trim adds adaptive cruise control with City Emergency Braking, which cuts in automatically to avoid a low-speed crash, alloy wheels and automatic lights and wipers.
The range-topping GT trim gets larger alloys, sat-nav, part-Alcantara upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, stiffer suspension and tinted rear windows.
Should I buy one?
The SV offers a genuine space advantage over standard family hatchbacks, and stands out as one of the best MPVs to drive. It also benefits from having one of the classiest cabins in the class. As a result, it does make more sense (and is a fair bit cheaper) than the Mercedes B-Class.
However, our favourite C4 Picasso – the 1.6 e-HDi 115 Exclusive – costs £21,555, which is £1000 less than an equivalent 1.6 TDI SE Golf SV, and comes with similar space, a bigger boot and those excellent individual rear seats.
If outright practicality is your main concern, there are better choices than the SV. In fact, a lot of families will be just as well off with a standard Golf, but if a car-like driving experience and quality interior are important, and you do need a few extra inches of room, few MPVs do it so well.
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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

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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.
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New name, new strengths

It's a golf, only more spacious and more comfortable - variable and no longer wears the suffix plus, but the name Sportsvan. The rename is only cosmetic, or does infer something more dynamic?

No, lack of success was not the reason to send the golf plus into retirement. In Germany, the variant found more than 500,000 buyers, and was the most popular body version of the golf family behind the hatchback in Germany and sold better than the estate.

VW Golf Sportsvan dynamic appearance

As a successor, VW now enters the new Sportsvan. As the name says, it should dynamic and attract buyers for whom the plus was too plain - without alienating its current clientele. So the designers have changed the proportions. The predecessor was only higher than the corresponding Golf, but the stretch Sportsvan body has also been stretched (plus eight centimetres) and wheelbase (plus two centimetres) compared to the four-door Golf VII. The height remaines almost unchanged compared to its predecessor.

Therefore, the comfortable entry and exit and the elevated seating position are preserved as a convenience feature in the VW Golf Sportsvan. The driver sits now nearly an inch deeper than in the golf plus, but depending on the seat adjustment still at least six centimetres higher than in the current Golf sedan.

The large window surfaces allow plenty of light into the Interior. For the first time, an additional small window diminishes the golf's otherwise characteristically wide C-pillar. If the improved clarity is not enough looking diagonally backwards, an optional blind spot sensor which warns of impending cross-traffic among other things when reversing out of a parking bay is available for the first time.

VW Golf Sportsvan offers much leg room

In the rear, the VW plays Sportsvan's greatest strengths compared to the conventional golf. Through the extended wheelbase, even large passengers can stretch out their legs. The triple split rest can also be (40:20:40) gradually adjusted and folded. As in the previous model, the rear seat is (40:20:40 rather than the previous 60:40) movable fore and aft 18 centimetres again the previous two centimetres.

The luggage room offers more space: the base volume rises by 424 to 500 liters under the cover, and if the rear seat is slid all the way forwards it's 590 litres. Then a small gap becomes appearent into which loose luggage goods can disappear. The rigid luggage compartment cover fits, however, when not in use under the height-adjustable cargo floor, which in the top position becomes level with the loading edge. Fold-out plates covering the cracks to the pre folded rear seat backs can be released from the baggage room. Then the Sportsvan swallows 605 to 1.620 litres with rear seats folded- in the estate (wagon) which is 22 centimetres longer it's 1,520 liters.

A flat reclining front passenger seat backrest (optional) completes the high variability of the youngest member of the golf family. Otherwise, it differs only in detail from it's brothers. From his elevated position, the driver sees a familiar cockpit. With the Sportsvan VW introduces a heated steering wheel in the golf family, in addition to the well known, but converted to Euro 6 engines, which will consume up to 20 percent less than its predecessor. The most powerful gasoline engine is for the time being is the 1.4 TSI with 150 hp.

Name delivers it's promise

Thus it is the VW Golf Sportsvan don't exactly bother to convey the degree of dynamism that its name promises. Ride, handling and comfort are almost the same as its brothers. And in contrast to its predecessor, extras such as adaptive dampers and progressive steering from the GTI will be available. So no wonder if the Sportsvan will arouse interest not only in golf plus drivers. For comparison, as a hatchback, the Golf is around 1,400 euros, and a wagon only 400 euros cheaper than the Sportsvan
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The Volkswagen Golf SV is five inches taller than a Golf. In Europe it’s called the Sportsvan. Unsurprisingly, VW decided that this moniker might not appeal to potential purchasers in the UK.
These seem to be three types of people: new mums who, sensibly, don’t want to develop back trouble lifting babies and toddlers in and out of low-slung hatchbacks.
The disabled
Those who already have back trouble.
And the elderly, who can no longer bend as flexibly as they could in their youth.
So in the Sportsvan ‘concept cars’ at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, it was surprising to see heavily bolstered and difficult to access ‘sports seats’ in this distinctly unsporting car. A hangover from the original Golf Plus of 2005.

And in the top end models we got to test, all the seats had side bolsters. Lower grade versions must have flatter seats because one of the options is a folding passenger seat so that longer loads such as stepladders and surfboards can be carried inside.
Flat seats and ease of entry and egress were what made the original Ford C-Max a huge success. And, though the old C-Max handled quite well, it had no pretension of being ‘sporty’. With the exception, perhaps, of young mums, the idea of a sporty ‘van’ just doesn’t sit well with the type of people who buy or lease this type of car.
The current Mazda 5 handles even better than the new C-Max, with an astonishing combination of soft, well damped suspension and superb steering that seems to have become a Mazda trademark. Yet that, too, has flat seats.
Continuing the ‘Sportsvan’ theme, all the Golf SVs we had to test were on optional 18” wheels with 225/40 R18 tyres. So they simply went where they were pointed with no drama or unpleasant roll understeer at all. The suspension was compliant enough to ride the few speed humps we encountered. But I can’t tell you how SVs react to potholes because all the roads we drove them on were billiard table smooth.
The new EA211 150PS 1.4TSI petrol engine is brilliant, combining power and torque to pull the higher gears on inclines with decent economy and relatively low taxable CO2.
The EA211 125PS 1.4 TSI is good too, very smooth and quiet combined with the 7-speed dry clutch DSG, and only occasionally hesitating slightly when pulling out of side-roads. Unfortunately, the Adaptive Cruise Control was ‘not available’ on the car we drove so may have developed a fault that several readers have complained of in the Golf VII.
The 2.0TDI 150 with 6-speed wet clutch DSG is okay for a diesel, but completely outclassed by the excellent 1.4TSI petrol engines.
Practical features of the Golf SV include a versatile back seat, with the bench split 60/40, both sections separately sliding up to 180mm, and three separately folding backrests split 20/40/60.
Even slid as far back as the seats would go, providing plenty of room for legs to stretch, there was still bags of luggage space.
A couple of useful accessories fitted to the test cars were a neatly hidden tow hitch that dropped down and clicked into place by pulling a catch in the rear sill.

And a reversing camera hidden in the rear hatch ‘VW’ handle that popped out when reverse was selected and otherwise kept its lens clean by folding back in again when manoeuvres were over.

The camera system also surveys the street or lane you might be reversing into, and if it detects an approaching vehicle it slams on the brakes to avoid an altercation.
However, where the Golf SV completely slaughters the slab-sided opposition is in the way it looks.
This was the responsibility of a relatively young designer, Daniel Scharfschwerdt, for whom I predict great things in the future. He’s also a brilliant presenter, explaining how the swage lines of the car, the positioning of the windows and the extremely careful attention to detail make it look longer, lower and wider than it actually is.
What I particularly liked was a little touch ahead of the front wheelarch that carries the swage line though into the headlight. Just a couple of inches, but a couple of inches that made a difference.
This lifts the Golf SV from the likes of a C-Max or a Mazda 5 or a Verso or a Scenic into something that looks sculpted by a master from a single piece of aluminium. And that enhances the perceived quality, which is beautifully followed though by the fit and finish of the interior giving it the class of a ‘Special Vehicle’ rather than a ‘Van’.
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Volkswagen Golf SV: summary

The 2014 VW Golf SV is a new five-seat compact MPV that replaces the previous Golf Plus model. If you love the Golf hatchback but it’s just too small, the SV could well be the people carrier you’ve been looking for.
What: Volkswagen Golf SV (2014 onwards)
Where: St Tropez, France
Date: May 2014
Price: £18,875 - £26,815
Available: on sale now, arriving 22 July 2014
Key rivals:BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Citroen C4 Picasso, Ford C-Max, Kia Carens, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Toyota Verso, Vauxhall Meriva

We like: more spacious than the Golf, but still good to drive, build quality, high-tech safety kit, efficient
We don’t like: not the cheapest option, many rivals are more spacious

Volkswagen Golf SV: first impressions

The new Volkswagen Golf SV neatly splits the size difference between the Golf hatchback and the Golf Estate, to become the third member of the Golf mk7 family. It is, as you can probably guess from the pictures, a replacement for the previous Golf Plus model – which is to say the Golf SV is a five-seat Golf MPV.

'SV' stands for Sportsvan, which is what this new Golf is called in the rest of Europe; clearly VW UK wasn’t keen on the commercial vehicle associations, so has – probably wisely – chosen to stick to the initials. Although we do wonder what was wrong with the old Golf Plus moniker, a perfectly self-explanatory title if ever we saw one.

For this car hides its people-carrying possibilities behind a veneer of conventional dignity, the handsome styling doing a great job of disguising the SV’s enlarged dimensions. Compared to the regular Golf hatchback, the SV is 83mm longer, 81mm wider, 126mm taller and has an extra 48mm in the wheelbase.

So you get more room inside for passengers and luggage, while maintaining a relatively compact on-road footprint. A raised driving position improves the view of the road ahead. Add in a full suite of safety aids – including a new blind spot monitoring option called Side Scan – and it looks like a strong choice for the family that needs just a little extra.

Volkswagen Golf SV: performance

The Golf SV is available with a wide selection of the latest Volkswagen engines. Starting the range is the 1.2-litre TSI turbo petrol, available with 85hp or 110hp – you might get away with the latter, but the former is surely going to be short on puff if you load this car to its maximum.

The brakes are strong without being grabby, and the SV’s extra size is modest enough to be managed effortlessly

You’re better off with the 1.4-litre TSI turbo petrol, either way. This comes with 125hp – as tested here – or 150hp in the range-topping GT trim line. Equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, the 125hp version proved well up to the task of tackling mountain roads in the south of France.

It’s a sweet revving unit, with a cultured sound and usefully meaty 147lb ft of torque – available from 1,400-4,000rpm. However, VW expects 80% of UK buyers to opt for a diesel unit, and a follow-up drive in the top spec 150hp 2.0-litre TDI turbo makes it easy to see why.

Refinement is every bit as good as the petrol, while the extra torque – 251lb ft total, 1,750-3,000rpm – makes for an even more relaxed driving experience, something the optional DSG automatic will only enhance. The projected bestselling 1.6-litre TDI, available with 90 or 110hp, wasn’t available for us to try.

Volkswagen Golf SV: ride and handling

You won’t be surprised to learn the Golf SV handles like a slightly taller, slightly heavier Golf hatchback – but to be so dismissive is to undermine the quality of the job the engineers have done here. Stick to the standard suspension, and you’ll get a supple ride, with only a smidge more body roll through the corners.

GT trim comes with 17-inch alloys and sports suspension as standard, tightening the cornering – but not enough to really justify the mild reduction in comfort over bumpy surfaces. The standard set-up should be entirely adequate for most needs, and will happily cope with the occasional spot of spirited enthusiasm.

Volkswagen’s 'driver profile selection' system gives you a choice of Comfort, Normal, Sport and Eco settings, altering the throttle response, steering weight and gearshift priority when a DSG auto is fitted. The regular steering modes are fine around town, but we found them a touch too light at faster speeds, something that Sport easily rectifies.

All versions of the Golf SV are fitted with VW’s XDS electronic differential, which uses the stability control sensors to manage grip levels at the driven front wheels while turning, helping the car to corner both increased speed and safety. The brakes are strong without being grabby, and the SV’s extra size is modest enough to be managed effortlessly.

It is, however, also worth noting that all of the variants on the launch come with multilink rear suspension; both the 1.2 petrol and 1.6 diesel use a less advanced torsion beam instead. Experience with the regular Golf suggests buyers of these can expect a marginally more fidgety ride and less assured responses.
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