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.
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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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There are 11 Volkswagen Golf SV versions available
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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.