Review

Volkswagen Golf SV hatchback

Price  £19,075 - £27,015

Volkswagen Golf SV hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Huge boot
  • Spacious cabin
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • Less room with seats folded than rivals
  • Suspension on GT model is too firm
  • Quite dull to look at

At a glance

The greenest
BlueMotion 1.6 110 PS BMT 5dr £23,285
The cheapest
S 1.2 TSI 85 PS BMT 5dr £19,205
The fastest
GT 1.4 TSI 150 PS BMT DSG 5dr £26,785
Top of the range
GT 2.0 TDI 150 PS BMT DSG 5dr £27,290

"The Volkswagen Golf SV is perfect if you want all the attributes of a normal Golf, but with more space."

The Volkswagen Golf SV is billed as a more practical version of the Volkswagen Golf, with extra space for people compared to the Volkswagen Golf Estate and a boot that's almost the same size.

The SV is effectively a replacement for the old Volkswagen Golf Plus – a car that failed to sell in the numbers Volkswagen hoped. The new car is longer, wider and taller, though, so it's better equipped to take on rivals such as the Ford C-MAX, Citroen C4 Picasso and more upmarket BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

Key features of the SV include a versatile interior and back seats that can slide backwards and forwards for increased practicality. They also split 60:40 and the VW is available with a front passenger seat that folds forwards to let you carry longer items. Rear passenger picnic tables and clever under-seat storage all add to its practicality.

Trim levels for the Golf SV are S, SE, GT and BlueMotion. All models get air-conditioning and a centrally mounted touchscreen as standard.

The Golf SV not only looks like the standard hatchback model on which it's based, it also shares the standard Golf's engine range, which includes four turbocharged petrols and three diesels.

Power outputs range from 84 to 148bhp, with five and six-speed manual transmissions available, plus an automatic DSG gearbox depending on engine choice. The smaller diesel found in the BlueMotion model qualifies for free road tax and can return fuel economy of more than 75mpg.

Our top choice is the Volkswagen Golf SV SE with the 2.0-litre TDI diesel. That combination promises more than 66mpg, along with technology such as automatic emergency braking (which helps prevent low-speed shunts), a multifunction computer and driver's seat height adjustment.

It may be less economical than the BlueMotion model, but the pairing of the SE trim with the larger diesel engine gives you more kit as standard and more power to play with, making for easier overtaking and a less strained driving experience with a full load.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.6 / 5

Diesel versions of the Volkswagen Golf SV offer excellent economy

Engines, drive & performance

4 / 5

There's an excellent line-up of engines available in the VW Golf SV range

Interior & comfort

4.5 / 5

The VW Golf SV's interior's quiet and well-built

Practicality & boot space

4.7 / 5

The Volkswgaen Gold SV is bigger and more versatile than the Golf inside

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

The VW Gold SV should prove to be well built and safe

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4 / 5
"With hatchback-like handling and tonnes of space, the Volkswagen Golf SV easily rivals the Ford C-MAX and Citroen C4 Picasso."
4 / 5
"Longer, wider, taller and more spacious than the hatchback it's based on, the new Volkswagen Golf SV is the perfect antidote for growing families no longer able to squeeze into the firm's regular hatchback."
Last updated 
1 Apr 2015
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