Space & practicality

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

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

For a car that prides itself on practicality, the Golf SV is some way behind the competition. It offers a huge amount of head room in the front and back, plus plenty of leg room for tall adults, but there aren’t individual rear seats, so it isn’t quite as flexible with its space as the Citroën C4 Picasso. And even though you can maximise boot space by sliding the rear seats forward, they only slide in a 60/40 configuration.

That said, the rear seatbacks do at least split 40/20/40 and fold down flat, leaving a minimal incline (making it ideal for loading longer objects). Children should enjoy the tray tables on the backs of the front seats and there are plenty of cubbyholes to store food and drink.

In terms of outright size, the Golf SV offers fractionally more boot space than its closest rival, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. However, it’s hard to ignore that VW's own, cheaper Golf Estate offers even more outright boot capacity.

 

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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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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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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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