Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 8.7 - 10.6 mpp
Diesel engines 9.8 - 11.2 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 40.9 - 49.6 mpg
Diesel engines 48.7 - 55.4 mpg
  • No official fuel consumption figures for 2017 car yet
  • Previous Golf SV models have been inexpensive to run
  • Diesel 1.6-litre motor should be the best in this area

Aimed purely at families, it’s no surprise that VW Golf SV running costs are entirely reasonable, thanks mostly to the low CO2 emissions and high economy figures it promises.

The BlueMotion car was dropped with the 2017 facelift and so far no official mpg or CO2 figures have been released. We reckon the 1.6-litre diesel will be best here though.

For the lowest emissions, look to the diesel 1.6-litre TDI 115 SE with seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox; that combination produces 106g/km. The worst emissions, at 129g/km, are produced by the 1.4-litre TSI 150 GT petrol with manual gearbox, reflecting the overall level of efficiency offered by the Golf SVs range of engines.

And thanks to the company’s popularity, there are plenty of VW dealers to visit for maintenance, so you won’t have to travel far or spend much on fuel to keep your SV in tip-top shape.

  • Little to worry about on the reliability front
  • Proven Golf hatchback underpinnings and tech
  • Engines shared with many other VW group models

Essentially a Golf hatchback underneath – a car that sells in huge numbers with proven mechanicals, although some new engines introduced in 2017 are yet to be proven.

It’s safe to assume Golf SV reliability will be no different from other models in the range. Especially when you consider that it is essentially just a Golf hatchback underneath, with proven mechanicals shared across the VW group.

In fact most of the technology found in the car is shared with other VW group products, although the cars from 2017 feature a couple of new engines such as the 1.0- and 1.5-litre petrols.

The cabin has plenty of soft-touch materials dotted around, but despite their tactility, they’re likely to be hard wearing too – just be wary of the lighter material colours for the interior, as they may mark rather too easily.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £150
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Insurance group 7 - 19
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