From today, 7 May, UK customers can place their orders for the new Volkswagen Golf SV, which packs in all the advanced technology of the award-winning Golf hatchback range, but in a larger, even more practical body.
Prices start at £18,875 (OTR RRP) and first UK deliveries are expected on 22 July.
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 134 mm longer than the Golf Plus that it replaces, 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 81 mm wider, at 1,807 mm, and 126 mm higher, at 1,578 mm (excluding roof rails).
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.
Like the Golf, the Golf SV comes with a raft of standard and optional passive and active safety systems. These include a standard 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 are standard from SE specification and above, and 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.
A first for the Golf SV is a blind spot monitor, dubbed Side Scan, with an assistant for exiting parking spaces. This monitors the area behind and to the sides of the vehicle, ensuring easier and safer egress when reversing from a parking bay. It will be packaged as an option together with Lane Assist.
Powering the SV is a range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. There are three turbodiesels: a 2.0-litre 148bhp, a 1.6-litre 89bhp and a 1.6-litre 109bhp. When fitted in the Golf SV BlueMotion, this last engine is expected to return fuel economy of 76.3 mpg and emit 95 g/km of CO2. All engines 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.
The Golf SV is available to order now, with first deliveries expected 22 July 2014. For more details visitwww.volkswagen.co.uk.