What used Volkswagen Golf SV hatchback will I get for my budget?
Higher mileage 2014 and 2015 cars can be had for around £8500, but if you wanted one with an average mileage for the year and a full service history, bought from an independent dealer, you’re better off spending between £10,000 and £12,000. Spend between £13,000 and £15,000 and you’ll pick up a low-mileage 2015 or 2016 car with all the criteria mentioned, while above that gets you a nearly new car from a franchised dealer.
How much does it cost to run a Volkswagen Golf SV hatchback?
The most economical version of the SV is the 1.6 TDI, whether in original 110 spec or later, post-facelift 115 trim. This can return fuel consumption figures as high as a claimed average of 74.3mpg, with corresponding CO2 emissions of just 98g/km. However, the punchier 2.0 TDi 150 version can see a claimed figure of 65.7mpg, while the smoother petrols obviously lag a bit behind, with the best being the 1.0-litre post-facelift car with an average 60.3mpg.
Tax for those cars registered before April 2017 varies according to CO2 ouput, but most SVs are good in this respect and the figures are low, while cars registered after April 2017 will all be taxed at the flat rate, currently £140 per year.
Servicing is reasonably priced, too, if slightly more expensive than rivals such as the Ford C-Max and Renault Scenic, and slightly less than the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. Volkswagen operates a number of different servicing plans for older cars, and it’s possible to pre-plan annual services and pay in advance or by direct debit.