Volkswagen Golf SV Motoring Review
So you're considering a Golf but the normal hatch is not quite big enough for the whole family? Well, Volkswagen has a new version that might just grab your fancy. The Golf Sports Van - preferably known as the SV here is South Africa - is the German brand’s latest iteration of a midsized MPV.
Golf SV has been treated to the same sharpened lines and updated proportions as the other seventh-generation Golf models. That's because the SV was always intended to be an integral member of the Golf family. The design is modern, yet unmistakably part of the Volkswagen Golf DNA. The shape and design elements remain as defined and recognizable as ever, although distinctive elements such as the D-pillar, the roof rails and the unique rear design, differentiate the SV from the hatchback. The front-end features a hood that slopes down into the front fenders, sporting angular horizontal design cues and a slender radiator grille. At the back, you’ll find a wide rear window, geometric two-part taillights and a wide, low tailgate that combines the licence-plate area.
Inside the Golf SV, the upscale environment of the cabin is largely shared with the Golf models upon which it is based, but interior roominess is increased because of the wagon body style. The driver controls are positioned for optimal ergonomics and usability. Seat placement, shifter height and even the spacing between the pedals have all been fine-tuned as well. This new driver-centric design focus is evident from the centre stack, which is now angled towards the driver - a feature frequently seen in premium luxury or performance vehicles. White backlighting for the controls, further highlights this upscale ambience, as well as the use of premium materials throughout, such as the leather-wrapped handbrake, shifter knob and steering wheel, the soft-touch plastics and piano-black trim.
The SV is based on the Golf chassis and features pretty much the same engine line-up as the hatchback range. The SV is about family and this is made known once you get into the back. Rear leg and head room is ample and the rear seat will fit three adults comfortably. Children will find the trays mounted to the rear of the front driver and passenger seats very useful, whether eating lunch on those long road trips, or catching up on homework, before school.
Volkswagen will be offering three engine derivatives in the Golf SV. For those who value fuel economy, there’s a 1.2-litre TSI motor, which is shared by the Polo. The little turbocharged engine develops 81kW/175Nm.
If you’re looking for more power, you should consider the turbocharged 1.4-litre TSI with 92kW/200Nm. This engine is offered with a six-speed manual or optional seven-speed DSG gearbox. If you need a blend of economy and power, then I’d suggest the 2.0-litre TDI engine, which is good for 81kW/250Nm. Volkswagen claims an average fuel consumption figure of around 4.6 litres/100km for this model.