You should have little problem getting a comfortable driving position, thanks to generous seat and steering wheel adjustment. Thin pillars and large windows mean all-round visibility is excellent, too. The dashboard is slightly taller and more upright than the standard Golf’s, which makes all the controls even easier to reach.
Volkswagen Golf SV space & practicality
There’s a huge amount of headroom in the front and rear seats, plus plenty of legroom for tall adults. The rear seats aren’t individual, though, so the Golf SV isn’t as practical as a Citroen C4 Picasso. The large boot is a nice square shape, and you can make it bigger by sliding the rear seats forwards, albeit only in a 60/40 split. At least the rear seatbacks split 40/20/40 and lie down flat, while an optional front passenger seatback that folds down helps when carrying long loads.
Volkswagen Golf SV equipment
Every version comes with air-con, a colour touch-screen, Bluetooth, a digital radio and a USB socket. SE trim is our favourite and adds alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, more storage cubbies and a leather steering wheel. Range-topping GT models get larger alloys, sat-nav, part-Alcantara upholstery, and front and rear parking sensors, but SE cars are better value.