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Used Volkswagen Golf SV 2014-2020 review

Category: MPV

Section: Advice for buyers

Used Volkswagen Golf SV 14-present
  • Used Volkswagen Golf SV 14-present
  • Used Volkswagen Golf SV 14-present
  • Used Volkswagen Golf SV 14-present
  • Used Volkswagen Golf SV 14-present
  • Used Volkswagen Golf SV 14-present
  • Volkswagen Golf SV
  • Volkswagen Golf SV
  • Used Volkswagen Golf SV 14-present
  • Used Volkswagen Golf SV 14-present
  • Used Volkswagen Golf SV 14-present
  • Used Volkswagen Golf SV 14-present
  • Used Volkswagen Golf SV 14-present
  • Volkswagen Golf SV
  • Volkswagen Golf SV
Used Volkswagen Golf SV 2014-2020 review
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Golf SV hatchback?

The Golf SV will have been used in city centre car parks and tight urban rat runs so check the front and rear of the body for any signs of damage. Also check the alloy wheels for any kerb damage. Check the operation of the rear seats; make sure they slide backwards and forwards easily, and that they fold as they should.

Used Volkswagen Golf SV 14-present

What are the most common problems with a used Volkswagen Golf SV hatchback?

Timing chains

Timing chains fitted to petrol engines have been known to snap prematurely; this can cause significant engine damage but can be mitigated by having the car serviced on time. This means a full service history is critical.

Sat-nav issues

Faults with the navigation and entertainment system, as well as other electrical niggles, have been reported on some models, so it’s worth checking that all the electrics work as they should.

High oil consumption

GTI models can suffer from high oil consumption, so it’s important to keep checking the oil level on these, even between services. If the level gets too low, it can cause damage to the engine or timing chain.

Adaptive cruise control

Examples fitted with adaptive cruise control (which can automatically match the speed of the car ahead of you in your chosen lane) can suffer from problems whereby the system gets confused and slams on the brakes. Often, there’s little that can be done to solve this. The system can be recalibrated, at a cost.

Is a used Volkswagen Golf SV hatchback reliable?