The Golf SV is Volkswagen’s version of a mini MPV. It’s longer, taller and wider than an average Golf making more practical and versatile.
The Volkswagen Golf SV (Sportsvan) comes with the choice of one petrol and two diesel engine options. The petrol option is a 1.2TSI with 110bhp mated to a choice of a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. The diesel options start with a 1.6TDI with similar power output of 110bhp and a 2.0TDI with 150bhp. Both diesel engines come with the choice of the same 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. While the 2.0 may seem like the best option for a larger Golf, the 1.6TDI is very impressive with ample power. The 1.2TSI petrol is also a great option for those that will not be covering big mileage.
Despite being 80mm longer, 80mm wider and 120mm larger than a standard Volkswagen Golf, the SV does a very good job of feeling very similar to a normal Golf behind the wheel. The seating position is slightly elevated and the ride is very comfortable, soaking up Irish road imperfections in its stride. The steering is sharp and there is obviously slightly more body roll in the bends than you would get in a standard Golf, mainly due to the Sportvans additional height. Overall a comfortable and relaxing drive at all times.
The Golf SV is available with a choice of three trim levels. These are Trendline, Confortline and Highline. The entry level Trendline comes with a good amount of kit as standard that includes electric windows, leather steering wheel and gear knob, air-conditioning, Bluetooth and the 5.8 inch infotainment touch screen. Comfortline adds a centre armrest, folding trays on the back of the front seats and reading lights for rear passenger comfort. Highline gives you additional creature comforts in the shape of an on-board trip computer, alcantara seat covering and a multi-function steering wheel.
Build quality and finish on the Golf SV is to the high standard you get any other Volkswagen Golf. While the dashboard design may differ and lack the flair of that in the standard Golf, there is the same attention to detail in terms of the soft-touch, quality materials and switchgear throughout. All functions are close to hand and easy to use. It may not be the most inspiring Volkswagen design inside and out, but it a functional built to last one. If you are looking for more flair from your family MPV, the Citroen C4 Picasso might be worth a look.
The Volkswagen SV achieved a five star rating in Euro NCAP crash testing which is good news for families. It is fitted with a good level of standard safety technology too that includes electronic stability control, seatbelt tensioner, tyre pressure monitor, ISO-FIX and a full host of airbags.
This is what the Golf SV excels at, Space. Its larger size means even more room for passenger with generous amount of head, shoulder and leg room for three passengers in the rear. The rear bench also slides back and forward to create more space for passengers or luggage room in the boot. Storage throughout the cabin is very good thanks to decent size door pockets, glovebox, central cubby and beneath the front seats. Boot space is a brilliant 590 litres that extends to 1512 litres with the rear bench folded forward.