First drive: Volkswagen Golf SV car review
21 May 2014
The name for the second generation model in markets outside the UK is Golf Sportsvan.
The design is also more distinctive and a few tricks have been deployed to give it a more elegant profile. It has a longer wheelbase than the Golf, and is 134mm longer than the Golf Plus, although shorter than the Golf estate.
Rather than having a solid C-pillar like its predecessor, the glass area has been extended, reducing the impression of height when viewed in profile, and the front wheels are closer to the front of the car. The door mirrors have been moved down from the A-pillar to extend the available glass area and improve visibility at the front.
The rear seats have a 40:20:40 split and can be moved individually forwards and backwards by up to 180mm. Minimum luggage space is increased by 76 litres compared with the Golf Plus, although sliding the rear seats forward adds another 90 litres. The front passenger seat can also be folded forward to create a near 2.5m maximum load length on one side of the car.
The equipment grades for the Golf SV reflect those elsewhere in the Golf range, with S, SE and GT. All models come with Bluetooth, DAB radio, SD card reader and CD player with 5.8-inch touch-screen, iPod connector, air conditioning, seven airbags and two rear Isofix fittings.