For The VW Golf SV has more space and offers easier access than a regular Golf hatchback. It’s good to drive, despite the tall body, and most of the engines are powerful and economical.

Against Its back seats aren’t as versatile or flexible as those in many compact MPVs. The SV also costs a lot more to buy than most rivals – and the equivalent Golf hatch, for that matter.

Volkswagen Golf SV MPV
44 5stars

The Volkswagen Golf SV offers a genuine space advantage over standard family hatches, and stands out as one of the best MPVs to drive. There are cheaper and more practical five-seat MPVs, though.

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The full Volkswagen Golf SV review

There are 11 Volkswagen Golf SV versions available

MPV 1.2 TSI 85 S 5dr £19,205 TBA
MPV 1.2 TSI 110 S 5dr £20,215 TBA
MPV 1.4 TSI 125 S 5dr £20,975 TBA
MPV 1.6 TDI 90 S 5dr £21,025 TBA
MPV 1.4 TSI 125 SE 5dr £21,910 TBA
MPV 1.6 TDI 110 S 5dr £21,980 TBA
MPV 1.6 TDI 110 SE 5dr £22,915 TBA
MPV 1.6 TDI 110 BlueMotion 5dr £23,285 TBA
MPV 2.0 TDI 150 SE 5dr £24,280
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4 TSI 150 GT 5dr £25,370
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 TDI 150 GT 5dr £25,875
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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Petrol engines include a 1.2-litre turbo with either 84bhp or 109bhp, and a 1.4 turbo with 123bhp or 148bhp. The diesel line-up is a 1.6 with either 89bhp or 109bhp, plus a 148bhp 2.0-litre.

Our favourite is the punchy 2.0-litre diesel, which doesn’t need to be revved hard to make decent progress. It’s also smooth, even at high revs, and rarely feels strained.

The 148bhp 1.4 petrol is similarly quick when worked hard, plus it’s more refined. It’s not as gutsy, though, so often needs a lower gear to tackle steep hills.

Every version of the Golf SV has plenty of kit, including a colour touch-screen, Bluetooth, DAB radio, air-con, seven airbags and a post-collision braking system.

We’d go for SE trim; this gets alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, adaptive cruise control and City Emergency Braking, which cuts in automatically to help avoid or minimise a low-speed crash.

Reader test team says:

Volkswagen Golf SV MPV 1.4 TSI 125 SE 5dr

Having had a new BMW X1 with a diesel engine that was so noisy and changing it after only six weeks, I decided i no longer wanted to have another…

stuart thomas

5 out of 5 stars
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