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  • Golf SV enjoys a five-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Facelifted cars benefit from autonomous braking
  • Options including Traffic Jam and Emergency Assist

Like the Golf hatchback on which it’s based, safety levels for the Golf SV are high, scoring five stars when tested by the experts at Euro NCAP.

We’ll know more when the full UK spec for the facelifted car is released but previously the Golf SV featured automatic post-collision braking and PreCrash as standard, plus optional lane assist and light assist too.

Cars from 2017 on do have two autonomous braking systems fitted as standard - Front Assist avoids cars while Pedestrian Monitoring spots people – plus there are many optional assistance systems.

These include Traffic Jam Assist, Emergency Assist (this jolts the brakes to wake a sleeping driver and can slow the car to a stop) plus Park Assist 3.0 and Trailer Assist.

How many Isofix seats can I fit in a VW Golf SV?

Unlike the larger VW Touran the Golf SV offers two Isofix points across the rear bench, but they’re just as easy to locate thanks to similar moulded plastic tunnels in the seatback that guide the childseat into place, and protect your upholstery.

  • Vast cabin offers great head and legroom than other Golf models
  • Clever packaging means the SV is shorter than the estate
  • Bootspace ranges from 500-1,520 litres depending on seat layout

Interior space is what the Golf SV is all about and that means a large and airy cabin with ample leg and headroom all around.

The SV has an extra 50mm between the wheels so there’s enough room in the back for a six-foot-plus adult, even behind a similarly sized driver.

There’s enough headroom in the rear middle and only a small transmission tunnel to straddle, but the seat itself is narrower than the outer pair so best reserved for your thinnest occupant.

The rear bench also sits 619mm off the ground, which is higher than the hatchback’s 535mm. That’s something elderly passengers will appreciate, and it also means loading a childseat is less of a back-breaking affair.

Finally the rear bench offers greater flexibility than any other Golf because it can be slid forwards and backwards by up to 180mm depending on whether you want more passenger or luggage space.

 

As you’d imagine the Golf SV is longer than the hatchback but shorter than the estate, offering a balance of compact dimensions and practicality, rather than excelling in either area.

That does mean it’ll be easy to park though, particularly if you select the Park Assist option. This tech is now in its third generation and can drive the car in and out of bay or parallel spaces.

Usefully for parents with a buggy to load and unload (or anyone else who needs regular access to the boot) this system can also park the car nose-in to a bay as well.

 

Not only is the Golf SV’s boot 120 litres larger than the standard car, it’s more flexible too, thanks to a rear bench that can slide forwards and backwards by 180mm to increase luggage space or passenger space.

The seats slide with a 60:40 split but collapse (sort of) individually thanks to a curiosity in the way the chairs are arranged. The only seat that can’t be folded by itself is the left one, which takes the middle with it. You can fold the right or middle one by itself in a kind of halfway house between the Golf hatchback’s two and the Touran’s three individual seats.

That means the loadspace can be expanded from 500 to 590 litres by sliding the seats, while the full 1,520 litres is unlocked by folding them flat - that’s 250 more than hatchback and 140 less than estate.

To get the maximum bootspace you need to move the variable height floor down 133mm to its lowest setting, sacrificing the (relatively) flat load space. A folding front passenger seat is offered as an option to allow longer items measuring up to 2,484mm to be transported.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Golf SV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

BlueMotion equipment

BlueMotion standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
BlueMotion optional equipment
None available

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
GT optional equipment
  • Cruise control

Match equipment

Match standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Match optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Lumbar support
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Parking sensors

SE BlueMotion equipment

SE BlueMotion standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
SE BlueMotion optional equipment
None available

SE Nav equipment

SE Nav standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Nav optional equipment
None available