Ever wanted a car like a Golf, but bigger? Traditionally you’d have been well catered for with the Volkswagen Golf Plus, but now the company has replaced it with the Volkswagen Golf SV.
SV stands for Sportsvan, and, although being 224mm shorter than the Golf estate, it’s 83mm longer than the regular Golf. It’s bigger than the Golf Plus, too, coming in at an extra 134mm over its predecessor.
But why change the name? Presumably because the Golf Plus never sold particularly well, with many people not seeing the point of a slightly bigger Golf or even not realising it existed in the first place.
The bulkier dimensions benefit interior space, meaning the Golf SV is a bit more practical than both the Golf hatchback and the Golf Plus. It features 500 litres of boot space, even with the back seats at their rear-most position (an improvement of 76 litres over the Golf Plus, and 120 litres over the hatchback).
Folding the rear seats down creates 1,520 litres of load space, while the front passenger seat can also optionally fold fully forward, creating a load space nudging on an impressive 2.5 metres.
As you’d expect from a Golf, the SV is available with a raft of safety systems – from an automatic post-collision braking system which automatically applies the brakes after a smash, minimising the chance of a second incident, to a camera-operated lane assist system.
The latter comes as a package with the Golf’s blind spot monitor, dubbed Side Scan, with an assistant for exiting parking spaces. This monitors the area behind and to the side of the car, making it easier to reverse out of a parking bay.
The engine line-up will be familiar to Golf buyers, with two turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engines producing 85 and 110hp; two 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines producing 125 and 150hp, and three turbodiesels – a 150hp 2.0-litre, a 90hp 1.6-litre and a 110hp 1.6-litre. The last engine is expected to return an impressive 76.3mpg and emit 95g/km CO2.
All engines apart from the 85hp 1.2-litre petrol can be specced with a DSG gearbox. Trim ranges are the same as the hatchback, ranging from a an S to GT, with prices starting at £18,875.
Our man CJ will be jetting off to drive the new Golf SV tomorrow. Is it likely to be a hit, worthy of the Golf name? Or is it going to be a flop, like the Golf Plus? Check back on Motoring Research for our verdict, before UK deliveries start on 22 July.