Volkswagen unveiled a Golf Sportsvan concept at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Today we have photos of the production Golf Sportsvan, which replaces the Golf Plus in Volkswagen’s line-up. The new Golf Sportsvan is built on Volkswagen’s MQB platform, and is the first Volkswagen to be offered with the new Blind Spot Monitor plus Rear Traffic Alert.
The Golf Plus used to be sold in Malaysia – there was no regular Mk5 Golf hatchback sold officially in Malaysia, only a Golf Plus and a Golf GTI. Despite the popularity of the tall hatchback format in the entry level segment (Perodua Myvi), this formula doesn’t seem to work in Malaysia if you go up the segments. Malaysians tend to go for standard hatchbacks which are better looking, or move straight up to full fledged three-row MPVs. Just look at how many more A-Class are on the road compared to the B-Class.
There are four TSI engines available – 85 PS, 110 PS, 125 PS and 150 PS, as well as two TDI engines – 110 PS and 150 PS. All engines are available with a DSG gearbox except the 85 PS TSI model. The most efficient version is a BlueMotion variant consuming just 3.5 litres per 100km using the 110 PS TDI engine.
The Blind Spot Monitor plus Rear Traffic Alert feature warns the driver of vehicles in the blind spot. When reversing out of a parking space, the system also recognises cross-traffic approaching behind the car that can be difficult for the driver to see. Not only can it then warn the driver, but if a collision is imminent, the system automatically activates an emergency braking function.
Other features include XDS+ electronic differential lock, DCC adaptive chassis control, Front Assist ambient monitoring system with City Emergency Braking, adaptive cruise control (ACC), Automatic Post-Collision Braking system (standard), Driver Alert System, PreCrash occupant protection system, Light Assist and Dynamic Light Assist main beam control systems, driving profile selector, Lane Assist lane-keeping system and Park Assist.
Would you buy a Golf Sportsvan instead of a regular Golf in Malaysia?