The Golf Sportsvan is by far one of the least exciting cars in the world, which is why for a moment we actually lost track of its existence and thought it had been quietly retired by VW from its range. It turns out, jokes aside, the company has actually upgraded it.
The Sportsvan has a taller roof and longer bodywork compared to a standard Golf so it’s actually way more practical for families, for example – and Volkswagen is following on the mid-cycle facelift of the standard Golf hatchback and wagon that took place fall last year. The minivan is getting new features and styling just in time for a worldwide public presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. This “extensive update” is actually just a nip and tuck in the traditional VW sense – we haven’t seen anything daring from them for quite some time. The exterior features a few styling upgrades – the optional xenon headlights have been ditched for a full-LED setup on the 2018 Golf Sportsvan and the rear every version has LED taillights with new graphics.
Five new alloy wheel options are available for 16- to 18-inch dimensions, and also new is the featured Cranberry Red paint. Moving inside, the Sportsvan gets the latest iteration of the available infotainment systems. The top of the line is the 9.2-inch version with gesture control and capacitive-touch buttons, with VW claiming “conventional buttons and controls are a thing of the past” when shelling out more money for the Discover Pro infotainment option. The facelift also comes with more options when it comes to decorative trims, fabrics, and leather upholsteries. Techies will love the Media Control app that allows anyone inside control over the infotainment’s functions via a device linked to the vehicle through Wi-Fi. Golf Sportsvan safety options now include Pedestrian Monitoring, Traffic Jam Assist, Emergency Assist, Trailer Assist, and VW’s latest version of the Park Assist.