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VW Golf Sportsvan (2017): Driving report, market launch, price

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VW has been building the Golf Sportsvan in its current form since 2014, and for the 2018 model year it is getting a thorough overhaul. The refreshed V W Golf Sportsvan at the IAA in Frankfurt. The facelift went on sale at the end of October.

Regarding the modifications to the VW Golf Sportsvan include redesigned bumpers, new halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights, full LED instead of xenon headlights and standard LED taillights for all versions. There are also five new light alloy wheels in sizes of 16, 17 and 18 inches as well as an expanded range of exterior colors. New decors, fabrics and leather seats are to enhance the interior.

Golf Sportsvan a pedestrian detection as part of Front Assist including a city emergency braking function, a Traffic jam assistant, which allows partially automated stop-and-go driving up to 60 km /h, a parking assistant, also for trailers, as well as the latest generations of Park Assist and the proactive occupant protection system.

Little has changed inside. But the engines are new.

Sufficiently nimble with 130 HP

The temperament is completely sufficient, far more important for Most customers should be the fact that the modified four-cylinder, like the 1.4-liter predecessor, goes to work in an extremely cultivated manner. It is unfortunate that the seven-speed dual clutch transmission (surcharge 2,025 euros, standard for the 150 PS TSI) - unlike in the conventional Golf - does not have a sailing function in eco mode and therefore does not disengage when coasting.

Comfortable chassis even without DCC

The high-roof Golf is ideally suited for leisurely gliding, the chassis ironing even rough bumps largely smoothly even without the adaptive dampers (DCC), which are available for an extra charge. At the same time, the Sportvan shows on a winding road that it is a Golf: safe to drive and more agile than most passengers would like, although strong seats keep them from sliding around. That there are no fully digital instruments or wiping indicators for the Sportsvan as there are for the conventional Golf - free. Sportsvan customers are not suspected of doing any fashionable frippery anyway.


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