The new model is based, like the multi-award-winning Golf hatchback, on the MQB platform, and incorporates all the advanced technology of that car, but in a larger, more practical body style.
Its exterior design clearly follows the look of both the Golf, and Volkswagen's more generic 'DNA'.
At 4,338mm long, the new Sportsvan is 134mm longer than the Golf Plus, and 83mm longer than the Golf. It is 224mm shorter than the Golf Estate.
Its 2,685mm wheelbase is 48mm longer than that of the Golf, helping to generate more interior space, while the Sportsvan is also 80mm wider, at 1,870mm, and 126mm higher, at 1,578mm (excluding roof rails).
Inside, the rear seats (60:40 split bench) can slide forwards and backwards by up to 180mm, to increase either passenger or luggage space as required.
Compared to its predecessor, boot capacity is increased by 74 litres to 498 litres (versus the Golf's 380 litres), with the back seats at their rear-most position.
Moving the rear seats forwards increases the luggage capacity to 585 litres, while folding the rear seats frees up to 1,512 litres of room.
The front passenger seat can optionally fold fully forward, creating a load space, which is up to 2,484mm long.