Aimed at those who swear by the Golf, and yet looking for extra flexibility and space, the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan which was introduced for the European market in 2014, has gone through an extensive update and is all set to make its debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show next month.
On the exterior, changes include the newly designed bumpers, new halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights, full-LED headlights in place of xenon headlights, and standard LED tail lights on all versions. Five new alloy wheel types (16, 17, and 18-inch) and colours such as the new Cranberry Red shade of paint round out the updates to the exterior.
Inside, the Golf Sportsvan is now enhanced with new decorative trim, fabrics, and leather seats. Particularly noteworthy is the Discover Pro radio navigation system with 9.2-inch display and gesture control which is new in the Golf Sportsvan.
In addition, Volkswagen is offering an interface to the infotainment system for tablets (and smartphones) in the form of the Media Control app. The app can be used to conveniently control many of the functions of the infotainment system from a tablet – regardless of where the user is sitting in the vehicle. Passengers simply connect their tablet to the Discover Media or Discover Pro infotainment system using the WiFi hotspot.
Another new offering is the 'Security & Service' package in the Golf Sportsvan which gives the driver access to assistance in a wide range of situations.
Highlights include services such as 'Automatic accident notification', 'Roadside service' and 'Service scheduling' (scheduling service with the service garage).
Features providing greater safety and comfort in the Golf Sportsvan include new driver assistance systems, such as Pedestrian Monitoring (part of Front Assist with City Emergency Braking System), Traffic Jam Assist (semi-automated stop-and-go driving up to 60 km/h), Emergency Assist, the latest generations of Park Assist and the proactive occupant protection system, as well as Trailer Assist (including Park Assist), which makes reversing easier when towing.
As for the engine choices, three high-tech TSI petrol engines as well as two efficient TDI diesel engines complete the planned drive system line-up. Both TSI engines also come with Active Cylinder Management which deactivates two of the four cylinders in defined operating phases to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
Destined only for the European market, sales of the updated Golf Sportsvan will begin later this year.