Volkswagen Golf Sv

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GOLF SV HATCHBACK - 1.0 TSI 115 S 5dr



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The Volkswagen Golf SV offers existing Golf buyers that little bit more space and practicality. Jonathan Crouch reports on the improved model.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
GOLF SV HATCHBACK
1.0 TSI 115 S 5dr
PETROL
£21,180.00
GOLF SV DIESEL HATCHBACK
1.6 TDI 115 S 5dr
DIESEL
£23,015.00

Ten Second Review

Sometimes more is just better and if you've ever got out of a Volkswagen Golf feeling you could do with a bit more space, the answer is right here in the chiselled form of the Golf SV. It's not the most committed of five-seat SUVs but there is more space in the back. Plus there's more equipment on offer in this improved model.

Background

Volkswagen doesn't often take aim, loose off a shot and see it sail past the target, but that's not far off what it did with the old Golf Plus small MPV, sold in the UK between 2005 and 2013. The basic premise was sound. Take the super-successful Golf hatch and just add a bit more space. The execution, however, was some way off the mark. Volkswagen quickly realised that making the wheelbase longer was cost prohibitive, so the company was stuck with exactly the same amount of seats with the same amount of rear legroom. The only thing the company could really do was go up, the Plus measuring 95mm taller, but the Golf hatch already catered very well to taller drivers. In the end, the promise of more headroom and a sliding rear bench wasn't enough to compensate drivers for an uglier car with a higher centre of gravity and a bigger frontal area. Volkswagen sold just over 42,000 in an eight year spell, which is about seven months worth of Golf hatch sales in a decent year. Not to be defeated, Volkswagen returned to the compact 5-seat MPV market in late 2013 with the Golf SV and as soon as we tried the car, we realised that lessons had been learned from the 'Plus' debacle. The SV (marketed as the 'Sportsvan' in Europe) proved to be longer and a good deal prettier than its predecessor. This model was facelifted in 2017 and gained new TSI petrol engines, an expanded range of assistance systems, a new generation of infotainment packages and a smarter look.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
114
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders
3
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
12
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Transmission
MANUAL
Gears
6 SPEED
CC
999
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
48.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
45.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
6.2
General
Generation Mark
7
Coin Series
S
Coin Description
TSI 115
Safety Concerns?
False
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
12E
Service Interval Mileage
10000
Service Interval Frequency - Months
24
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
94
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
89
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
65
NCAP Safety Assist %
71
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
5
Badge Power
115
Badge Engine CC
1.0
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Performance
Engine Power - BHP
115
Engine Power - PS
True
Engine Power - KW
85
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Emissions Test Cycle
Second Act
Tyres
Alloys?
False
Space Saver?
True
Tyre Size Front
195/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear
195/65 R15
Tyre Size Spare
SPACE SAVER
Wheel Type
15" STEEL
Vehicle Dimensions
Wheelbase
2670
Length
4351
Width
1807
Width (including mirrors)
2050
Height
1613
Weight and Capacities
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
590
No. of Seats
5
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1300
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
670
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
50
Max. Roof Load
80
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1520
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
11.1
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Driving Experience

The talents of the Golf Mk 7 chassis need no reiterating and the lengthening process hasn't done too much to dull the driving experience. You still get the same polished feel to the suspension and that crisp, no-nonsense steering. Model for model there's around a 120kg weight penalty over the hatch, so the SV is never quite as brisk off the line but there's not a whole lot in it. Think a Golf minus 1 or 2 per cent at the limit and you're still a long way better than most of its rivals. Engine-wise, if you want petrol power, you'll get a choice of a pair of turbocharged 1.5 TSI units offering either 130 or 150PS. Go diesel instead and there's a 115PS 1.6TDI with 5-speed manual transmission or a 150PS 2.0-litre TDI flagship variant with a 7-speed DSG auto gearbox. The 2.0-litre diesel will punt the big-boned Golf SV to 62mph in 9.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 110mph, making it a more than adequate long distance cruiser.

Design and Build

Where the old Golf Plus was a bit of a half-hearted effort, the SV is a bit more of an attempt at incorporating MPV design functionality. The longer wheelbase is key. Volkswagen grafted another 54mm into the wheelbase to create the SV from the ordinary Golf hatch, which might not sound much, but makes a real difference to what you can do with the rear seats. The total length has increased by 83mm, adding extra luggage capacity at the back. The styling is crisp and handsome, even more so in the facelifted version of this model (announced in 2017), which got redesigned bumpers, smarter halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights, the option of full-LED headlights and standard LED tail lights on all variants. Drop inside and it's largely familiar stuff from the front seats. The classy dash, peerless ergonomics and huge range of seat and wheel adjustability draw no complaints, but the SV gets a custom dash moulding. Facelift model cabin changes include new decorative trim, smarter fabrics and the option of classier leather for the seats. As for practicalities, well there's adequate storage up front with under-seat drawers and fairly sizeable door bins, but other MPVs ultimately offer more and better. The back seats miss a trick too, neither tumbling or being removable. The three-seat bench splits 60/40 and can fold and recline but the middle seat is hard and narrow. By contrast, you can fold the middle seat down in a Ford C-MAX or tumble the seats forward. Headroom and legroom are both excellent, and when the rear seat is slid forward to its furthest extent, boot space increases from a generous 500 litres to a cavernous 590 litres. Fold the rear seats down and you'll get up to 1,520-litres in there.
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