Volkswagen Golf SV (2014–)
- September 2013: Volkswagen revealed the first images of the Golf 'Sportsvan Concept'
- May 2014: Golf SV open for ordering
- June 2015: Gold SV BlueMotion TSI goes on sale
Volkswagen revealed the first images of the Golf 'Sportsvan Concept'
The successor to the Golf Plus, the new model is based on the MQB subframe but with a taller, more practical body style. Its exterior design clearly follows the look of both the Golf, and Volkswagen’s more generic ‘DNA’. It will be called the Golf SV in the UK.
At 4,338 mm long, the new Golf SV is 134 mm longer than the Golf Plus, and 83 mm longer than the Golf. It is 224 mm shorter than the Golf Estate. Its 2,685 mm wheelbase is 48 mm longer than that of the Golf, helping to generate more interior space, while the SV is also 80 mm wider, at 1,870 mm, and 126 mm higher, at 1,578 mm (excluding roof rails). Inside, the rear seats (60:40 split bench) can slide forwards and backwards by up to 180 mm, to increase either passenger or luggage space as required. Breakover Angle: better than 12.5 degrees helps prevent grounding on ramps. Wheelbase: 2685mm; ground clearance: 144mm; breakover angle: 12.24 degrees
As well as this versatility, the Golf SV also offers extra space. Compared with that of its predecessor, boot capacity is increased by 74 litres to 498 litres (versus the Golf’s 380 litres), with the back seats at their rear-most position. Moving the rear seats forwards increases the luggage capacity to 585 litres, while folding the rear seats liberates up to 1,512 litres of room. The front passenger seat can optionally fold fully forward, creating a load space which is up to 2,484 mm long.
Like the Golf hatchback, the Golf SV comes not only with a stronger, safer body structure but also numerous standard and optional passive and active safety systems. These include an automatic post-collision braking system which automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision to reduce kinetic energy significantly and thus minimise the chance of a second impact, and a PreCrash system which, on detecting the possibility of an accident, pre-tensions seatbelts and closes the windows and sunroof, leaving just a small gap, to ensure the best possible protection from the airbags.
Other electronic aids include Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, all of which can reduce or eliminate the chance of accidents occurring. Also available are a Driver Alert System, a camera-operated Lane Assist system and a Dynamic Light Assist system.
Golf SV open for ordering
The Golf SV is the third variant of the seventh-generation Golf, alongside the hatchback and the Estate, and has a look that clearly follows the design of its siblings, with strong elements of Volkswagen’s design ‘DNA’. At 4,338 mm long, the new SV is 134mm longer than the Golf Plus that it replaces, and 83mm longer than the Golf. Orders opened 7th May 2014. First UK deliveries from 22nd July 2014.
That greater interior space provides for greater flexibility. The rear seats (a 40:20:40 split bench) can slide forwards and backwards by up to 180 mm, to increase either passenger or luggage space as required.
Compared with the boot of its predecessor, capacity is increased by 76 litres to 500 litres with the back seats at their rear-most position (versus the Golf’s 380 litres and the Estate’s 605 litres). Moving the rear seats forwards increases the luggage capacity to 590 litres, while folding the rear seats liberates up to 1,520 litres of room. The front passenger seat can also optionally fold fully forward, creating a load space which is up to 2,484 mm long.
Powering the SV is a range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. There are two turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engines with 85PS and 110PS; two 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines with 125PS and 150PS; and three turbodiesels: a 2.0-litre 150PS, a 1.6-litre 90PS and a 1.6-litre 110PS. When fitted in the Golf SV BlueMotion, this last engine is expected to return fuel economy of 76.3mpg and emit 95g/km of CO2. All engines apart from the 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS can be ordered with a DSG gearbox.
Trim levels for the Golf SV mirror those of the hatchback, progressing from S through SE to GT. A BlueMotion model based on the S specification is also available. All models include Bluetooth, DAB digital radio, SD card reader and CD player with 5.8-inch colour touchscreen, iPod connector; a front centre armrest, dual rear ISOFIX fittings, seven airbags including one for the driver’s knees, XDS electronic differential, an automatic post-collision braking system and air conditioning. Roof rails are also standard: black-coloured on the S and SE, and silver on the GT.
Among other items, SE models add ACC adaptive cruise control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, 16-inch alloy wheels; body-coloured door handles and door mirrors, rear map-reading lights, an additional 12 Volt socket and air vents in the rear of the front centre armrest; drawers under the front seats, tables on the rear of the front-seat backrests, a leather-trimmed gearlever and three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, automatic lights and wipers, a Driver Alert System, driver profile selection, and the Pre-Crash preventive occupant protection system.
The range-topping GT trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels; sports suspension; 65 per cent tinted rear windows; Discover satellite navigation system; electrically folding door mirrors; front and rear parking sensors; Alcantara and cloth upholstery and ambient interior lighting, among other items. All Golf SVs sold in the UK (except BlueMotion) will come with a standard space-saver spare tyre.
|Trim level||Engine derivative||CO2||Combined mpg||Price|
|1.2-litre TSI 85 PS||5-spdman||114*||TBC||£18,875|
|1.2-litre TSI 110 PS||6-spdman||117||55.4||£19,885|
|1.2-litre TSI 110 PS||7-spdDSG||116||56.5||£21,300|
|1.4-litre TSI 125 PS||6-spdman||125||52.3||£20,645|
|1.4-litre TSI 125 PS||7-spdDSG||121||54.3||£22,060|
|1.6-litre TDI 90 PS||5-spdman||101*||72.4*||£20,695|
|1.6-litre TDI 110 PS||5-spdman||101*||72.4*||£21,650|
|1.6-litre TDI 110 PS||7-spdDSG||104||70.6||£23,065|
|1.6-litre TDI 110 PS||6-spdman||95*||76.3*||£22,715|
|1.4-litre TSI 125 PS||6-spdman||125||52.3||£21,580|
|1.4-litre TSI 125 PS||7-spdDSG||121||54.3||£22,995|
|1.6-litre TDI 110 PS||6-spdman||101||72.4||£22,585|
|1.6-litre TDI 110 PS||7-spdDSG||104||70.6||£24,000|
|2.0-litre TDI 150 PS||6-spdman||112||65.7||£23,950|
|2.0-litre TDI 150 PS||6-spdDSG||122||60.1||£25,365|
|1.4-litre TSI 150 PS||6-spdman||130||50.4||£24,895|
|1.4-litre TSI 150 PS||7-spdDSG||126||51.4||£26,310|
|2.0-litre TDI 150 PS||6-spdman||115||64.2||£25,400|
|2.0-litre TDI 150 PS||6-spdDSG||125||58.9||£26,815|
Gold SV BlueMotion TSI goes on sale
Powered by a new three-cylinder 1.0-litre 115 PS turbocharged petrol engine, the new Golf SV TSI BlueMotion returns 62.8mpg on the combined cycle with emissions of 105g/km. Also available for the first time with a BlueMotion engine is the option of a DSG automatic gearbox. These cars combine the economy benefits of a diesel with the upfront price benefits of a petrol, with the Golf Match TSI BlueMotion costing £19,740 RRP OTR. The first deliveries of these cars are due in September.
Unlike the diesel BlueMotion model which is based on the entry-level S, the Golf TSI BlueMotion comes as standard in Match trim. As such it benefits from equipment highlights including ESC, XDS and seven airbags, an Automatic Post Collision Braking System, a PreCrash system, cruise control, stop/start with battery regeneration and driver alert (NB ACC and Front Assist are not standard). The Golf Match TSI BlueMotion has 16-inch ‘Dover’ alloy wheels.
£ RRP OTR
|Golf SV SE 1.0-litre TSI BlueMotion
|6-spd manual||5-door hatch||62.8||105||21,200|
|Golf SV SE 1.0-litre TSI BlueMotion
|7-spd DSG||5-door hatch||61.4||105||22,615|