Golf for golfers
Volkswagen Sportsvan Highline 1.4 TSI (DSG) Review

Story and Photos by Alvan Sio
18 Jan 2016


What’s a Sportsvan you ask?

Well golf is a sport, but the popular hatchback from Volkswagen has nothing to do with the sport whatsoever.

You see the Golf is named after the German word for Gulf Stream. Or so many seem to suggest, because other names like Passat, Scirocco and Jetta are all some wind name or other. Of course if you delve deeper into the internet, you’ll realise that no one really knows where that name came from.

So for our present intents and purposes, let’s assume VW wanted somehow to connect the Golf with the sport. Because what we have here is an expanded Golf with even more space than before for more golf bags, so you can actually ferry your mates and their clubs to the country club.

That I reckon, could be part of the reason for naming the Sportsvan as such. And also because it fits bicycles superbly; no doubt other smaller sporting equipment will find ease seated in this new compact MPV from the people’s car maker.

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Engine Capacity 1395cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 123bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 200Nm @ 4000rpm


Acceleration 9.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 200 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 18.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4338 x 1807 x 1578) mm
Wheelbase 2685 mm
Turning Circle 11.1 metres
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs