Order books for the new Volkswagen Golf SV open today. The Golf SV packs in all the advanced technology of the award-winning Golf hatchback range, but in a larger, even more practical body. Prices start at £18,875 (OTR RRP) and first UK deliveries are expected in July.
The Golf SV is the third variant of the seventh-generation Golf, alongside the hatchback and the Estate, and has a look that clearly follows the design of its siblings, with strong elements of Volkswagen’s design ‘DNA’. At 4,338 mm long, the new SV is 134 mm longer than the Golf Plus that it replaces, and 83 mm longer than the Golf. It is 224 mm shorter than the Golf Estate. Its 2,685 mm wheelbase is 48 mm longer than that of the Golf, helping to generate more interior space, while the SV is also 81 mm wider, at 1,807 mm, and 126 mm higher, at 1,578 mm (excluding roof rails).
That greater interior space provides for greater flexibility. The rear seats (a 40:20:40 split bench) can slide forwards and backwards by up to 180 mm, to increase either passenger or luggage space as required.
Compared with the boot of its predecessor, capacity is increased by 76 litres to 500 litres with the back seats at their rear-most position (versus the Golf’s 380 litres and the Estate’s 605 litres). Moving the rear seats forwards increases the luggage capacity to 590 litres, while folding the rear seats liberates up to 1,520 litres of room. The front passenger seat can also optionally fold fully forward, creating a load space which is up to 2,484 mm long.
Like the Golf, the Golf SV comes with a raft of standard and optional passive and active safety systems. These include a standard automatic post-collision braking system which automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision to reduce kinetic energy significantly and thus minimise the chance of a second impact, and a PreCrash system which, on detecting the possibility of an accident, pre-tensions seatbelts and closes the windows and sunroof, leaving just a small gap, to ensure the best possible protection from the airbags.
Powering the SV is a range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. There are two turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engines with 85 and 110 PS; two 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines with 125 and 150 PS; and three turbodiesels: a 2.0-litre 150 PS, a 1.6-litre 90 PS and a 1.6-litre 110 PS. When fitted in the Golf SV BlueMotion, this last engine is expected to return fuel economy of 76.3 mpg and emit 95 g/km of CO2. All engines apart from the 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS can be ordered with a DSG gearbox.
Trim levels for the Golf SV mirror those of the hatchback, progressing from S through SE to GT. A BlueMotion model based on the S specification is also available.
|Trim level||Engine derivative||CO2,
£ RRP OTR
|1.2-litre TSI 85 PS||5-spdman||114*||TBC||£18,875|
|1.2-litre TSI 110 PS||6-spdman||117||55.4||£19,885|
|1.2-litre TSI 110 PS||7-spdDSG||116||56.5||£21,300|
|1.4-litre TSI 125 PS||6-spdman||125||52.3||£20,645|
|1.4-litre TSI 125 PS||7-spdDSG||121||54.3||£22,060|
|1.6-litre TDI 90 PS||5-spdman||101*||72.4*||£20,695|
|1.6-litre TDI 110 PS||5-spdman||101*||72.4*||£21,650|
|1.6-litre TDI 110 PS||7-spdDSG||104||70.6||£23,065|
|1.6-litre TDI 110 PS||6-spdman||95*||76.3*||£22,715|
|1.4-litre TSI 125 PS||6-spdman||125||52.3||£21,580|
|1.4-litre TSI 125 PS||7-spdDSG||121||54.3||£22,995|
|1.6-litre TDI 110 PS||6-spdman||101||72.4||£22,585|
|1.6-litre TDI 110 PS||7-spdDSG||104||70.6||£24,000|
|2.0-litre TDI 150 PS||6-spdman||112||65.7||£23,950|
|2.0-litre TDI 150 PS||6-spdDSG||122||60.1||£25,365|
|1.4-litre TSI 150 PS||6-spdman||130||50.4||£24,895|
|1.4-litre TSI 150 PS||7-spdDSG||126||51.4||£26,310|
|2.0-litre TDI 150 PS||6-spdman||115||64.2||£25,400|
|2.0-litre TDI 150 PS||6-spdDSG||125||58.9||£26,815|
* Figures will be confirmed closer to the UK launch date.