Volkswagen Golf SV hatchback
Price £19,075 - £27,015
- Spacious cabin
- Huge boot
- Solid build quality
- Dull looks
- Less room with seats folded than rivals
- Suspension on GT model is too firm
At a glance
"The Volkswagen Golf SV is perfect if you want all the attributes of a normal Golf, but with more space"
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 the more upmarket BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.
Key features of the new SV include its versatile interior and back seats that can slide backwards and forwards for increased practicality. They also split 60:40 and the VW can be chosen with a front passenger seat that folds forwards to allow the carrying of 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 is now 20% more efficient than before and 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 qualifies for free road tax and can return fuel economy of more than 75mpg.
Our top choice is the Volkswagen Golf SV SE trim with the 1.6-litre TDI diesel. That delivers the promise of more than 70mpg with technology such as automatic emergency braking (which helps prevent low-speed shunts), a multifunction computer and driver's seat height adjustment.
Diesel versions of the Volkswagen Golf SV offer excellent economy
There's an excellent line-up of engines available in the VW Golf SV range
The VW Golf SV's interior's quiet and well-built
The Volkswgaen Gold SV is bigger and more versatile than the Golf inside
The VW Gold SV should prove to be well built and safe