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Volkswagen Golf SV review

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Volkswagen Golf SV
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7 Feb 2018 14:57 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:04

In this review

Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Golf SV offers families a compelling combination of space, a decent drive, excellent build quality and a range of frugal engines. The addition of technology such as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, park assist and pedestrian monitoring will prove popular with safety-conscious families, too. It’s little wonder that the Golf SV scored the maximum five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test.

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 Citroën C4 Picasso offer slightly more flexibility inside, too.

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Verdict

The Volkswagen Golf SV is a good MPV, but it’s hard to forget that a Golf Estate is more spacious and the T-Roc is more stylish

  • More spacious than a standard hatchback
  • Frugal range of engines
  • Impressive build quality
  • Best engine only available in top trim
  • Sat-nav expensive on entry-level trim
  • A Golf Estate has bigger boot
There are 4 trims available for the Golf SV hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
S
Entry-level S trim isn’t lavishly equipped, but it does come with manual air conditioning, height-adjustable front seats, a front centre armrest, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and an 8.0in colour touchscr...View trim
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SE
This adds alloy wheels, an alarm, auto lights and wipers, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and folding tables on the front seatbacks. It’s good value and only needs a few opt...View trim
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SE Nav
SE Nav does exactly what it says on the tin. The standard 8.0in colour touchscreen gets sat-nav as well as a three-year subscription of Car-Net, an online service that gives the user access to a ra...View trim
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GT
This sportier trim offers larger 17in alloy wheels, sports suspension, sports seats, rear privacy glass and interior ambient lighting...View trim
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