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contributor, MSN CarsEd Soluk2013-09-09T19:30:002013-09-09T19:30:00channeldrivetrueVolkswagen Golf Sportsvan stars at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor ShowThis is the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan, making its world premier at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Put simply, it’s a more practical version of the German firm’s Golf family faithful hatchback, which will replace the Golf Plus. Please click on the image above to read more on the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan concept…topVolkswagen Golf Sportsvan stars at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan: what’s hot, what’s nothe Golf Sportsvan is based on Volkswagen’s super-versatile ‘MQB’ platform, which underpins many of the current vehicles in VW’s range. This means we should get the same reassuring driving experience as the regular Golf, as well as the refined, high-quality interior from the normal mk7 hatch and more practicality, too. The name ‘Sportsvan’ doesn’t sound particularly alluring – it’s a very American-market type name rather than a more European moniker. But then again, this is only a concept at the minute, and an eventual production version is unlikely to use this tag. Expect it to be branded as the Golf Plus.topVolkswagen Golf Sportsvan: what’s hot, what’s not
Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan: what’s it like in the metal?The Sportsvan is big – bigger than the outgoing Golf Plus. It’s 8.3cm longer than the current shape Golf hatch as well as 8cm wider, which inevitably means more space inside. But more on that later. Despite being much larger than the Golf, Volkswagen has done a great job with the styling. It still has the refined, effortless stance of the Golf hatch, as well as reinforcing some of that car’s design cues, including the big blade-style C-Pillar. Quite a smart MPV, really.topVolkswagen Golf Sportsvan: what’s it like in the metal?
Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan: the technical detailsThe Golf Sportsvan will be powered by four 1.4-litre petrol engines – all turbocharged – producing 85hp, 110hp, 125hp and 150hp respectively, as well as three turbodiesels: a 2.0-litre 150hp unit, and two smaller 1.6s producing 90hp and 110hp. This latter engine will help the Bluemotion variant return rather impressive efficiency of 76.3mpg with 95g/km CO2, according to VW. A DSG dual clutch gearbox will also be available in conjunction with all power units except the least powerful petrol variant.topVolkswagen Golf Sportsvan: the technical details
Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan: how much will it cost?Prices are yet to be revealed, but expect the production version of VW’s Golf Sportsvan concept to cost around €20,000 when it goes on sale in 2014topVolkswagen Golf Sportsvan: how much will it cost?
What are the rivals for the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan?Rivals have to include Ford’s C-Max, Citroen’s new C4 Picasso, the Peugeot 3008 and the Renault Scenic, as well as crossovers such as Nissan Qashqai and possibly the slightly smaller but premium-feeling Peugeot 2008. If that’s the case, the Golf Sportsvan will also have to stave off a challenge from the Renault Captur, too.topWhat are the rivals for the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan?
What’s the like Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan inside?The extra length and width means the Golf Sportsvan is very roomy inside, boasting a 498-litre boot compared to the regular Golf’s 380-litre offering. A 4.8cm increase in wheelbase over the Golf also means more legroom for rear passengers, while standing 12.6cm taller, there’s more headroom, too. This makes the Golf Sportvan extremely practical and much more family-friendly. Combined with the quality we’ve come to expect from a Golf – we’re talking nice, soft-touch plastics, brilliant build quality and solid refinement – it should be a hit with those looking for a bit more versatility than that available in the VW’s regular hatchback.topWhat’s the like Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan inside?
Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan: MSN Cars verdict from the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013Name aside – which is “unlikely to be used in the UK,” according to VW – the Golf Sportsvan offers a great blend of qualities that many buyers in the UK look for. It’s even nicely styled for an MPV. However, will this more traditional car be able to steal sales away from the crossover market? We’ll wait and see following its launch next year. To see more photos of the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan, click through our gallery…topVolkswagen Golf Sportsvan: MSN Cars verdict from the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013