The Golf Sportsvan may not be the most exciting car in the world, but with its taller roof and longer body compared to the regular hatchback, it’s a solid choice for people with practicality in mind. Volkswagen presented the mid-cycle refresh for the regular Golf hatch and wagon in November 2016, but it’s only now their minivan cousin is receiving the goodies just in time for the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
The peeps from Wolfsburg describe it as being an “extensive update,” though the changes are not actually that significant. Needless to say, these are in line with those applied onto the other two Golf body styles, bringing a slightly modified exterior with an array of evolutionary design tweaks. Gone are the optional xenon headlights as instead the 2018 Golf Sportsvan comes with swanky full-LED lights for those eager to upgrade from the halogen setup. At the back, all versions of the compact minivan feature LED taillights as standard.
Customers will get to pick from five new alloy wheel designs for 16- to 18-inch sets, along with this Cranberry Red paint and the new-generation infotainment systems. The latter top out at the 9.2-inch system featuring gesture control and capacitive-touch buttons, prompting VW to say “conventional buttons and controls are a thing of the past” if you’re willing to fork out the extra money commanded by the Discover Pro infotainment.
Other novelties brought by the facelift include additional options for decorative trims, fabrics, and leather upholsteries. On the tech side, we find the Media Control app allowing you to control some of the infotainment’s functions straight from a tablet connected to the vehicle through Wi-Fi. In the unfortunate event of a crash, there’s now an automatic accident notification joined by roadside servicing and service scheduling as part of the optional “Security & Service” package.
The Golf Sportsvan is safer than ever thanks to the inclusion of Pedestrian Monitoring, Traffic Jam Assist, Emergency Assist, Trailer Assist, and VW’s most recent version of Park Assist and the proactive occupant protection system.
Sales are scheduled to kick off at home in Germany this fall where the Golf Sportsvan will be available with three TSI engines and two TDIs. Some of the gasoline mills will benefit from cylinder deactivation technology that will turn off two of the four cylinders to slash fuel consumption and emissions when you won’t need the engine’s full power.
The Golf Sportsvan is kind of a rare sight on European roads and it seems highly unlikely the facelift will lure in considerably more buyers. That being said, it should be on your radar if you're in the market for a more practical Golf that’s not a wagon.
Gallery: 2018 VW Golf Sportsvan facelift
Premiere at the IAA: update of the Golf Sportsvan, featuring Traffic Jam Assist, gesture control and new TSI offering
- Traffic Jam Assist steers and brakes automatically in stop-and-go traffic
- Infotainment system with glass display overlay and gesture control
- Efficient TSI and TDI engines
Since mid-2014, the Golf Sportsvan has been the vehicle of choice for those who swear by the Golf yet are looking for extra seat height, flexibility and space. Volkswagen has now refreshed its compact van with an update, which will be seen for the first time at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main (12 – 24 September). As for technology, the new Golf Sportsvan features items such as three new TSI petrol engines, an expanded range of assistance systems, a new generation of infotainment systems (top system with gesture control) as well as more features in the standard equipment line-up. In terms of appearance, the Golf Sportsvan now makes its mark with its precision-sharpened design.
Following the Golf, Volkswagen is now modernizing the Golf Sportsvan as well with an extensive update. Not only that, the Golf Sportsvan now boasts a more powerful design thanks to new styling refinements. 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. The interior is enhanced with new decorative trim, fabrics, and leather seats.
It is above all technical innovations that define the Golf Sportsvan's update. Particularly noteworthy in this regard is the Discover Pro radio navigation system with 9.2-inch display and gesture control which is new in the Golf Sportsvan. Conventional buttons and controls are a thing of the past with the Discover Pro; manual control is performed solely via the touchscreen and five capacitive touch buttons along the left border of the new infotainment system.
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.
Volkswagen is additionally also offering the 'Security & Service' package in the Golf Sportsvan. It 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.
Three high-tech TSI petrol engines as well as two efficient TDI diesel engines complete the planned drive system line-up. Both powerful 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.
Advance sales of the updated Golf Sportsvan begin this autumn for Germany.