The Golf SV offers families a compelling combination of good space, a decent drive, excellent build quality and a range of frugal engines. The addition of technology such as city emergency braking and pedestrian monitoring will prove popular, too.
And yet its place in the overall car market, as with all MPVs, seems to be evaporating at a rapid rate. Even if we limit the Golf SV’s competition to Volkswagen's own range, the Golf Estate offers more boot space, the T-Roc is more stylish and the Tiguan Allspace has seven seats. MPV rivals such as the C4 Picasso offer slightly better flexibility inside, too.
The bottom line is that the Golf SV is a very strong family choice, but the question remains: will that be enough to convince the buying public that it's a better buy than an SUV?
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
Volkswagen Golf SV 1.5 TSI 150
Price £24,490 Engine 4cyls, 1498cc, turbocharged petrol Power 148bhp at 5000-6000rpm Torque184lb ft at 1500-3500rpm Gearbox 7-spd automatic 0-62mph 8.8sec Top speed 132mph Official economy 55.4mpg CO2, tax band 118g/km, 22%
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