Volkswagen Golf SV MPV - Reliability & safety

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

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Volkswagens are full of safety systems and come with driver, passenger, curtain, side and knee airbags. All models feature Front Assist and Predictive Pedestrian Monitoring technology that scans the road for cars and pedestrians stepping into the road and can stop the car if necessary.

The GT model comes with an Emergency Assist, which can attempt to wake the driver if they become unresponsive and can stop the car if necessary.

Another way the Golf SV aims to keep you and your family safe is with lane-keeping assistance, which is a camera-controlled warning system that alerts you if you start to drift out of your lane on the motorway. There’s also blind-spot monitoring, which will alert you to any vehicles driving alongside the vehicle. Self parking and trailer assist tech is also available.

Volkswagen Golf SV reliability

The Volkswagen Golf SV didn’t feature in our 2019 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. But it shares engines and technology with the Volkswagen Golf Mk7, which came in 41st place out of 100 cars. Road handling and ride quality were rated highly by owners.

As always, the diesel engines are less likely to give trouble if driven for longer journeys (at least 30 minutes) on a regular basis. The excellent turbocharged petrols are a better bet for those who make frequent short trips but still want good fuel economy.


The Golf SV received a five-star safety rating when Euro NCAP crash-tested it, with every area of protection being rated as good, apart from the driver's right leg area, which was considered adequate. This resulted in an adult occupant protection score of 87%, as well as an 85% rating for child protection (this compares to 94% and 89% for a normal Golf).

Pedestrian protection was rated at 62%, while the presence of the latest safety technology is reflected in the 73% safety assist score. Autonomous emergency braking is fitted, braking automatically if an imminent collision is detected.

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