What is a Golf SV? Well it’s the direct replacement for the Golf Plus and it is longer, wider, taller and more spacious than the hatchback it’s based on but is it what you want?
Volkswagen is aiming the SV at growing families that are struggling to fit in to the regular hatchback. Thanks to its longer dimensions, 48mm more than the regular car, the boot is huge and it is actually close in size to that of the estate.
Our pick is the 1.4-litre TSI petrol producing 123bhp mated to the six-speed manual gearbox – this is more than adequate for most.
Standard kit on the entry-level SV includes Bluetooth connectivity, DAB digital radio, a CD player, 5.8-inch touchscreen with iPod connection, Aircon, the XDS electronic differential and black roof rails.
It certainly is going to be interesting on the take-up of the SV. The SV is all about space, the will be the main reason it sells.
It’s 126mm higher than the hatch while the second row has tons of legroom, while the rear bench can be moved forward by 180mm. Boot space is good too, there’s 590 litres and when the rear bench folds flat the load space increases to 1,520 litres.