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  VW Golf Sportsvan

VW Golf Sportsvan
EngineIn-line four-cylinder
Mixture preparationDirect injection
Drive trainFront drive, transversal, later all-wheel
Differential lockBrake intervention, standard
Front suspensionMcPherson
Rear suspensionTwist-beam axle (up to 122 HP), otherwise wishbone/trailing arm
SteeringGear rack, servo, electric, variable transmission ratio
Wheels195/65 R 15 (6") up to
225/35 R 19
Wheelbase2.685 mm
Length4.338 mm
Width1.799 mm
Height1.578 mm
Trunk volume min/max500/1520 litres
Kerb weight (payload)
Maximum speed
Purchase price
ManufacturedFrom 2013

Make the roof with 12.6 cm (but calculated with wheel railing) higher, lengthen the car by 8.3 cm and the wheelbase by about half that amount. The modular transverse matrix makes it possible. Difficult to measure the gain up front, but behind the front seats, 250 liters of space gain are possible.

Longer, higher, but barely wider ...

Now of course is interesting a comparison with the Golf Variant. The brings to light a 5 cm shorter (!) wheelbase because the of Variant and normal Golf are identical. But at the same it has 22.4 cm more length. The height is the same for Variant and Sportsvan. Although the Golf Plus is considered as the predecessor of the Sportsvan, but differed only in the roof height significantly from the normal Golf. That has now changed, thus making the Sportsvan more interesting, a bead through both door handles and the fuel cap more up to date.

900,000 Golf Plus sold to date.

Taking a look at the prices, then the difference is € 2,550 at the basic model with the smallest engine, when taking into account the additional costs for the four-door. The surprise is perfect when you know that the Variant is cheaper € 675. By the way, for the are specified yet 100 litres more cargo space than for the Sportsvan. In the city the slightly shorter car is of course a little more favourable.

Instead, the Sportsvan differs especially in the side view more from the Golf. The arrangement of the windows up into the D-pillar makes it look less frumpy, more up to date the lateral fold by door handles and fuel filler flap. Also inside, the system from displaceable seat bench and folding load floor is helpful.So best to compare all three Golf models, of course, also the respective offering versions. From the surcharge policy one can advise to the diesel engine. The with 81 kW is miraculously only € 1,175 more expensive than in the normal Golf. Priced therebetween the Variant moves. The Variant with more cargo volume is always cheaper in terms of prices, the petrol engine even more than the diesel engine.

These are now all no huge amounts, but VW positions the Sportsvan obviously higher than the other two. That's already worth a new name. So one understand also the reference to the 'assistants of the upper class' the one may order in the Sportsvan. That will be interesting in the next round, if even the Variant benefits from the new modular transverse matrix. 12/13               Top of page               Index
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