Volkswagen Golf SV First Drive Review
If you need extra space, but don’t fancy the current crop of MPVs, the Golf SV should be of interest. A replacement for the Golf Plus, the SV offers more room but without a major price hike. The range starts from £18,875, but you’ll pay around £21,580 for a mid-range petrol like the one we’ve tested.
Hop in the Golf SV and you’ll find a middle bench which slides fore and aft, altering the boot size, as well as splitting and folding 40:20:40. The SV is too small to be offered with seven seats, but the boot is usefully large, offering up to 590 litres behind the seats and 1,520 litres with them folded. Rear legroom is plentiful (tested with the bench in its middle position) and there’s lots of headroom, even for six-foot-tall adults.
Drive off and the controls feel as slick as they do in the Golf hatchback. There’s not much steering feel, but it’s well-weighted and accurate, and the gear lever engages with precision. You can also specify a seven-speed DSG automatic in all but the entry-level petrol model.