New Volkswagen Golf SV Review

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  • Refined and well built
  • Good passenger space
  • Excellent engines
  • Not as involving as rivals
  • Standard car looks better
  • True MPVs more spacious
52.3 - 65.7
CO2 emissions
113 - 124 g/km
First year road tax
£170 - £210
Safety rating

The Volkswagen Golf SV is a more practical and spacious version of the VW Golf and it’s a far more capable MPV than the Golf Plus it replaces. The Ford C-Max is it’s closest rival followed by the Citroen C4 Picasso and the Renault Scenic.

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Inside, it’s typical VW fare – material quality that is above the class average and supreme build quality. There are very few differences between the SV dashboard and a regular Golf one except for the larger air vents and better spacing between buttons. Passenger space is great on all seats except the middle one in the back row. The boot, while big, falls behind rivals’ ultimate capacity.

Security and confidence are the main feelings you get while driving the Golf SV. It has minimal body roll and goes into corners eagerly, helped by the clever electronic front differential that keeps it in check.

The SV looks like a regular Golf that has been magnified in low-res

Mat Watson
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The SV gets the Golf’s large range of petrol and diesel engines. As with the hatchback, the 2.0-litre diesel has the best blend of performance and running costs, but the 1.4-litre petrol is not far behind and is almost as frugal while sounding better.

Equipment levels closely follow those of the Golf and the basic S model does without alloy wheels, but gets air-conditioning, seven airbags, an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth phone connection.

There’s no denying that the Golf SV is a very capable car, and perfect for those who want their MPV to feel like a standard hatchback. It’s very spacious, good to drive, well-finished and refined. It’s also very safe.

However, it isn’t very exciting to look at, drive or sit in. More importantly, it’s priced to compete with proper MPV’s such as the Citroen Picasso and Ford C-Max, which outclass it completely in terms of practicality and bootspace. It’s a very good car. It just isn’t a very good MPV.

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