Review

Volkswagen Golf SV hatchback

Price  £19,225 - £27,560

Volkswagen Golf SV hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Huge boot
  • Spacious interior
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • Bland styling
  • Firm suspension on GT models
  • Expensive top-spec trims

At a glance

The greenest
BlueMotion 1.6 110 PS BMT 5dr £23,575
The cheapest
S 1.2 TSI 85 PS BMT 5dr £19,255
The fastest
GT 1.4 TSI 150 PS BMT DSG 5dr £27,105
Top of the range
GT 2.0 TDI 150 PS BMT DSG 5dr £27,610

“The Volkswagen Golf SV has all the attributes of a normal Golf, but with more space and a higher driving position.”

The Volkswagen Golf SV is a more practical version of the popular Golf hatchback, aimed at attracting buyers who want a Golf with more space for passengers, a slightly higher driving position and more boot space.

For outright space, you’ll have to go for the Golf Estate, but the Golf SV offers a solution for a more versatile interior and something that's easy to get in and out of, be it for elderly passengers or access to child seats, for example.

From the outside, it's clear the SV is part of the Golf range, with a simple, classy look, although some may think of it as boring. Sometimes this type of car can look a little clumsy, but the Golf SV carries its extra height well, and practical things like roof rails will boost its appeal to active families.

Inside, the Golf SV is very similar to the Golf, and shares its up-to-date touchscreen infotainment system and air-con controls, and everything feels very well put together from expensive materials. There's plenty of space on offer, too. There's more headroom than the regular Golf, while the rear seats can all slide backwards and forwards, there are picnic tables and the ability for the front passenger seat to fold flat, so the SV can be used as a pretty spacious removals van, too.

As is to be expected, the Golf SV shares its engines with the rest of the Golf range, so there's broad choice of efficient petrol and diesel engines to choose from. Power outputs range from 84 to 148bhp, plus there's a choice of slick manual and smooth DSG automatic gearboxes.

The Golf SV range is easy to navigate, too. Things kick off with S, moving up through to SE, BlueMotion and top-spec GT. We’d go for the mid-spec SE for its decent equipment list and reasonable price. GT trim looks good, but it becomes very expensive if you want a larger engine or any options.

There's an economical BlueMotion version that has better economy and efficiency figures than the 2.0-litre TDI we recommend, but the more powerful 2.0 TDI has a good blend of performance and economy that is well suited to the SV's role as a family car.

The Golf SV achieved a five-star crash safety rating when it was tested by Euro NCAP in 2014, and comes with plenty of airbags as standard, while you can add extra safety equipment such as autonomous emergency braking and cruise control with speed limiter.

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 
31 Mar 2016
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