Volkswagen added an exciting new model to its top-selling Golf range. The Golf SV (or Sportsvan as it is known in Europe) is an all-new model with all the advanced technology of the award-winning Golf hatchback range, but it has a larger and more practical body.
The Golf SV is the second body variant of the seventh-generation Golf and has a look that clearly follows the design of its sibling, with strong elements of Volkswagen’s design ‘DNA’. Based on the MQB platform and measuring 4,338 mm long, the SV is 83 mm longer than the Golf hatchback.
Its 2,685 mm wheelbase is 48 mm longer than that of the Golf hatchback, helping to generate more interior space, while the SV is also 8 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 40:60 split bench) can slide forwards and backwards by up to 180 mm, to increase either passenger or luggage space as required.
It has a boot capacity of 500 litres with the back seats at their rear-most position (versus the Golf’s 380 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.
Like the Golf hatchback, the Golf SV comes with a raft of standard and optional passive and active safety systems. These include a standard ESC with XDS, automatic post-collision braking system which automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision to reduce kinetic energy significantly and thus minimise the chance or severity 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 Driver Alert System and optional high beam light assist.
Powering the SV is a range of petrol and diesel engines. The petrol engines incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. The petrol engines are turbocharged 1.2-litre with 81 kW and 1.4-litre with 92 kW. The diesel engine on offer will be the 2.0-litre 81 kW.
The Golf SV will only be offered in two equipment lines, Trendline and Comfortline. The Trendline standard feature includes SD card reader and CD player with 5.0-inch colour touchscreen; a front centre armrest; dual rear ISOFIX fittings; seven airbags including one for the driver’s knees; an automatic post-collision braking system; flat tyre indicator, multifunction leather steering wheel, front and rear electric windows, 15-inch Lyon alloy wheel with full alloy spare wheel, black roof rails and manual air conditioning. Additionally, the Comfortline has front foglights; rain sensor; electrically adjustable and heated side mirrors and silver roof rails.
The Golf SV is built at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg factory in Germany alongside the Golf hatchback.
Similarly to Golf hatchback, the Golf SV is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). Thanks to this design layout, it was possible to extend the body over its 2,685 mm wheelbase, an increase of about 50 mm when compared to the Golf hatchback.
With a bumper-to-bumper length of 4,338 mm, the Golf SV is 83 mm longer than the Golf hatchback. At 1,807 mm the Golf SV is just 8 mm wider than the Golf hatchback. The Golf SV’s height without roof rails is 1,578 which gives occupants a higher seating position and allow for more vertical cargo space. Meanwhile, the height of the Golf hatchback is 126 mm lower. Also highlighting the dynamic presence of the Golf SV is its 20 mm shorter front overhang. Meanwhile, the rear overhang was lengthened by 47 mm; among other benefits, this increased the size of the luggage compartment.
The exterior dimensions of the Golf SV, together with its completely new and sharply contoured styling, give it an independent and sophisticated look. With its taut body shapes and precisely drawn lines, the Golf SV transfers the design quality of the new Golf to the compact MPV class, while its silhouette emphasises an extended look to make it appear lower and sportier. Defining design traits of the Golf SV include its very long side window look with two additional windows (in the area of A and D pillars), the sharply drawn character line that integrates the door handles which were designed specifically for the SV, the exterior mirrors that are mounted on the door shoulder, and the D pillars typical of the Golf.
Since the exterior mirrors are directly mounted on the door shoulders of the Golf SV, there is room for a large side window in the vicinity of the A pillar. This improves all-round visibility and stylistically lengthens the surface of the windows. The same applies to the additional fifth side window in the D pillar which extends the transparent surfaces towards the rear and provides for an optimal all-round view. Despite this change, the design of the c-shaped D pillar forms a stylistic bridge to the C pillar of the classic Golf.
Designers also defined a new direction for the front end of the Golf SV which makes the vehicle look more extended and elegant. To attain this goal, the strong character line once again comes into play, extending all the way into the headlights. At the same time, the roof has a distinctive light-refracting edge that extends from the A pillars down to the radiator grille. Between these lines and the bonnet that is contoured upwards in a V-shape, the designers incorporated powerful wings with a modulated shoulder that is also visible here. The result: the front section appears longer, more powerful and impressive. At the same time, the front end now has much more charisma, being based on a new type of shaping and an independent layout of radiator grille, headlights and bumper. The three horizontal struts of the radiator grille together with the headlights – and the U-shaped LED daytime running lights that are integrated when optional bi-xenon headlights– create a modern and passionate interpretation of the horizontally aligned front styling. Other style elements are the winglets – struts in the lower area of the bumper that act like small wings, framing the middle air intake and the fog lights.
The theme of generously sized glass surfaces and optimal visibility is a common thread running throughout the rear section. Here, in contrast to the previous model, there is a significantly wider rear windscreen, which provides for optimal all-round visibility and clean lines. The top of the window is framed by the roof spoiler which has air guide elements worked into its sides.
Under the window are the two-part rear lights, whose shapes form aerodynamic trailing edges and take up the contour of the character line on the sides so that they meld with the sporty shoulder section.
The Golf SV’s interior designers created an interior that is as high-end and stylistically sophisticated as it is clean and fresh. The dominant element here is the newly designed dashboard. Drivers of the current Golf will find the instruments, central touchscreen and controls extremely familiar. Yet the design of the dashboard, in which all of these elements are embedded, was redesigned down to the last millimetre.
Between the driver and front passenger, a centre armrest with an integrated storage compartment and two cupholders is included as standard. Other practical storage bins are located on the upper dashboard and in the door panels (a 1.5-litre bottle can be stowed in each front door and a 1.0-litre bottle in each rear door). The Golf SV (Comfortline only) has underseat drawers for the front seats as well as pockets and folding tables on the backrests of the front seats. Overall, the interior is marked by sophisticated plastics and accents, creating a very pleasant ambience which sets a new benchmark in the compact MPV class.
The Golf SV is a car in which Volkswagen once again brings the focus back to maximum on-board comfort. The vehicle is already very comfortable to enter, thanks to the wide-opening doors and elevated seats. The H-point (hip point) of the front seats iis between 59 to 85 mm above that of the Golf hatchback, depending on the seat height setting.
A key feature of the Golf SV is its rear seat configuration. With a standard 60:40 split rear bench seat that features individual longitudinal adjustment of its sections, the entire three-seat bench can be adjusted by up to 180 mm in a fore-aft direction. Alternatively, the seat on the right side of the vehicle (40 per cent) and the double-seat on the left side (60 per cent) can be individually adjusted over a range of 180 mm. In addition, rear passengers can adjust the angle of their backrests.
For added convenience, the system for unlatching the rear seat backrest elements (40/20/40 per cent) from the boot is very practical. The right rear backrest element (40 per cent) and the middle one (cargo pass-through element / 20 per cent) can also be folded down separately. The left rear seat backrest element, however, is folded with the cargo pass-through unit (60 per cent). Naturally, it is also possible to fold the entire rear seat backrest (100 per cent). The straps for folding the 40 and 60 per cent elements are in easy-to-access locations in the lower areas of the backrests. When the middle cargo pass-through element is to be unlatched separately, this is done via a pushbutton on the upper edge of the backrest. When unlatched, the backrest sections automatically fold forward, creating a nearly level surface together with the cargo floor.
The cargo floor itself can be removed entirely very easily or simply adjusted in height. The floor can be latched either 21 mm or 130 mm above the load sill. If the cargo floor is simply folded up to stow the cargo space cover under it, for instance, it is latched in place on the left and right by a mechanism integrated into the boot trim.
The Golf SV has cargo capacity of 500 litres (rear bench seat in standard position, which is 50 mm forward of the rear-most position). When the two separately adjustable sections of the rear bench seat are moved to their front-most positions, up to 590 litres of cargo fit into the luggage compartment. When the cargo deck is used up to the backrests of the front seats and up to the roof, a maximum storage capacity of 1,520 litres is available.
The maximum interior length is a class-leading 1,795 mm. Loading is also easy: the load sill was lowered by 13 mm to 652 mm, which makes lifting and loading back-friendly.
Similarly to the Golf hatchback, the Golf SV is equipped with touchscreen radio and optional radio/navigation systems with proximity sensor.
The standard entertainment system is the 5-inch ‘Composition Colour’ Radio/CD with MP3 compatibility, 8-speakers and SD card. It has three buttons to the left and three to the right of the touchscreen that are used to activate the ‘Radio’, ‘Media’, ‘Car’, ‘Setup’, ‘Sound’ and ‘Mute’ menus/functions.
With the proximity sensor, the touchscreen changes when a finger moves closer. The system automatically switches from display mode to input mode. The display mode shows a screen that is reduced to just the essentials. In the operating mode, on the other hand, the elements that can be activated by touch are specially highlighted to simplify intuitive operation.
Customers have an option of upgrading their infotainment system by ordering 5.8-inch ‘Composition Media’ or 8-inch ‘Discover Pro radio navigation system.
‘Composition Media’ radio
Its capacitive colour display is 5.8 inches in size, and it is coupled with a proximity sensor that is integrated across the area beneath the display. The display also responds to wiping and zooming gestures, similar to smart phones. With this system, there are now four buttons to the left and four to the right of the touchscreen. Unlike, the 5-inch system it also enables access to the ‘Phone’ and ‘Voice’ (voice control) menu levels. The Composition Media radio is equipped with these features in addition to those of the Composition Colour radio, Bluetooth telephone preparation and USB interface. The USB and aux-in interfaces are integrated in a separate compartment on the centre console in front of the gear shifter; this compartment also offers storage space for a smart phone.
‘Discover Pro’ radio-navigation system
In addition to the ‘Composition Media’ system, the ‘Discover Pro’ radio-navigation system features a DVD drive, extended premium voice control, 3D navigation and a 64-GB Flash memory. Integration of the Compact Disc Database from Gracenote also enables state-of-the-art playback and management of media.
Technical highlights and features
Spec for spec, the Golf SV mirrors the Golf hatchback and adopts many of its safety, comfort and convenience features. These features include Automatic Post-Collision braking system, driver alert system, Park Assist, High beam assist and Panoramic sunroof.
Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
One of the innovative standard features in the Golf SV is the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which won a safety innovation award from Germany’s largest automobile club (ADAC). Studies have found that around a quarter of all traffic accidents involving personal injury are multiple collision incidents, in other words, when there is a second impact after the initial collision. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System automatically brakes the vehicle when it is involved in an accident in order significantly to reduce its residual kinetic energy and hence prevent or minimise the severity of a subsequent collision.
Triggering of the system is based on detection of a primary collision by the airbag sensors. Vehicle braking is limited by the ESC control unit to a maximum deceleration rate of 0.6 g. This value matches the deceleration level of Front Assist and ensures that the driver can take over handling of the car even in case of automatic braking.
The driver can ‘override’ the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System at any time; for example, if the system recognises that the driver is accelerating, it is disabled. The system is also deactivated if the driver initiates hard braking at an even higher rate of deceleration. Essentially, the system applies the brakes until a vehicle speed of 10 km/h is reached, so this residual vehicle speed can be used to steer to a safe location after the braking process.
Driver Alert system
It is estimated that a quarter of road accidents are caused by driver tiredness. For this reason Volkswagen has introduced an innovative fatigue detection system, which is particularly valuable for company car drivers who may cover long distances without a scheduled break.
The Volkswagen Driver Alert system does not work in the same way as those from other manufacturers which monitor eye movements. Instead, for the first 15 minutes of a journey the system analyses the driver’s characteristic steering and driving behaviour. Further into the journey the system continually evaluates signals such as steering angle, use of pedals and transverse acceleration. If the monitored parameters indicate a deviation from the initial behaviour recorded at the beginning of the trip, then waning concentration is assumed and warnings issued.
The system warns the driver with an acoustic signal, while a visual message also appears in the instrument cluster recommending a break. If the driver does not take a break within the next 15 minutes, the warning is repeated.
This assistance system cannot detect so-called ‘microsleep’ but instead focuses on detecting early phases of lapses in concentration. This means it is much less costly than an eye movement monitoring based system – and also still functions when the driver is wearing sunglasses or driving in the dark.
High Beam Assist
The optional High Beam Assist analyses traffic ahead and oncoming traffic – via a camera in the windscreen – and automatically controls activation and deactivation of the main beam (from 60 km/h).
The latest version of the parking assistance system, Park Assist 2.0, facilitates not only assisted parallel parking, but also reverse parking at right angles to the road. In addition, Park Assist 2.0 is also equipped with a braking and parking space exit function.
The system can be activated at speeds of up to 40 km/h by pressing a button on the centre console. Using the indicators, the driver selects the side on which the car is to be parked. If, using the ultrasound sensors, Park Assist detects a large enough parking space (a manoeuvring distance of 40 cm, front and 40 cm, rear, is sufficient), the assisted parking can begin: having put the vehicle into reverse, all the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake. The car takes care of the steering. Acoustic signals and visual information on the multifunction display assist the driver. If a collision is looming, the system can also actively apply the vehicle’s brakes. Park Assist is available as an option.
Panoramic tilt/slide sunroof
A transparent panoramic sunroof is available as an option. It occupies the maximum roof area possible, offers optimal ventilation and opening functions, does not reduce the car’s torsional rigidity and has the visual effect of lengthening the windscreen from the outside. What is referred to as the light transparency area – the amount of light coming into the car when the roof is closed – was enlarged by 33 per cent compared to a normal tilt/slide sunroof. The tinted, heat-insulating glass, however, reflects away 99 per cent of UV radiation, 92 percent of heat radiation and 90 percent of light.
Powering the Golf SV is a new range of petrol and diesel engines. The petrol engines are a 1.2-litre TSI 81 kW and 1.4-litre TSI with 92 kW. The diesel engine is a 2.0-litre TDI with 81 kW. Both petrol engines are fitted with BlueMotion Technology with Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems.
1.2-litre TSI, 1197 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 81 kW
The base engine in the Golf SV model range is the 1.2 TSI with 81 kW power output. This turbocharged engine has maximum torque of 175 Nm available at 4 600 rpm and its power output of 81 kW is available at 5 600rpm. It is offered with a six-speed manual. Its top speed is 192 km/h and a sprint of 0-100km/h is reached in 10.7 seconds. The combined fuel consumption is a respectable 5.1 litres per 100 km (117 CO2 of g/km)
1.4-litre TSI, 1395 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 92 kW
For customers looking for additional power but still combined with impressive fuel economy the Golf SV is also available with a turbocharged award winning1.4-litre TSI with 92 kW from 6 000 rpm and maximum torque of 200 Nm available from 5 000 rpm. This engine, which is offered with a six-speed manual or optional seven-speed DSG gearbox, enables a top speed of 200km/h and 0 to 100km/h in 9.9 seconds. Economy is still high on the agenda with a combined consumption of 5.4 (5.2 DSG) and CO2 output of 125 g/km (121 for DSG).
Volkswagen introduced a new series of diesel engines – called EA288 – for the Golf model range alongside the new petrol line-up and one of these engines has been carried over to the Golf SV range. Within this series, Volkswagen is taking its TDI technology, which has been developed over the years, to a new level of sustainability, with reductions in consumption across the range.
2.0-litre TDI, 1968 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 81 kW
This 2.0-litre TDI engine delivers 81 kW and has maximum torque of 250 Nm available from 2 500 rpm. . Customers have an option of standard 5-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed DSG. The Golf SV’s 2.0-litre TDI completes the 0 to 100km/h sprint in 10.5 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 190 km/h. Combined fuel economy is 4.6 l/100km (4.6 for DSG) with a carbon dioxide output of 120 g/km (120 DSG).
The Golf SV is available in two equipment lines, namely Trendline and Comfortline. Both are well-equipped and offer more value with a raft of standard features.
Highlights of the standard features of each equipment line are shown below.
Trendline (1.2 TSI 81 kW)
All the derivatives feature the following standard features:
- ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
- ESC (Electronic Stability Control) including EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control)
- XDS electronic differential lock
- Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
- Driver Alert system
- Driver’s and front passenger’s airbags with passenger’s airbag deactivation switch
- Curtain airbag system, for front and rear passengers
- Front seat side impact airbags
- Driver’s knee airbag
- Driver’s and front passenger’s whiplash-optimised head restraints
- Isofix child seat preparation (for two rear child seats)
- Leather-trimmed three spoke multifunction steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip
- Electronic parking brake with auto hold function
- Front centre armrest with storage compartment
- Driver’s and front passenger’s seat height adjustment
- Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
- Split folding rear seat backrest 60:40
- Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for improved fuel consumption
- Composition Colour system with 5.0-inch colour touchscreen
- Front and rear electric windows
- ‘Climatic’ manual air conditioning
- Illuminated, cooled and lockable glovebox
- Four load lashing points in luggage compartment
- Battery regeneration and Stop/Start system
- ‘Lyon’ alloy wheels with 195/65 R15 tyres
- Full size alloy spare wheel
- Black roof rails
Comfortline (1.4 TSI 92 kW and 2.0 TDI 81 kW)
Comfortline derivatives add the following to the standard features of the Trendline:
- Cruise control
- Black front air intake and radiator grille with chrome trimmed inserts
- Luggage compartment storage box; load-through provision
- Driver’s and front passenger’s under seat drawers
- Rear centre armrest with cupholders
- Automatic coming and leaving home lighting function, plus dusk sensor and automatic driving lights
- Rain sensor and automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror
- ‘Toronto’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres
- Front fog lights with static cornering function
- Chrome trim on rotary light switch and air vents surround
- Front seats with height and lumbar adjustment
- Ambient interior lighting
- Silver anodised roof rails
How much does the new Golf SC cost in South Africa?
1.2 TSI with BlueMotion Technlogy Trendline (81 kW) 6-speed Manual – R292 500
1.4 TSI with BlueMotion Technlogy Comfortline (92 kW) 6-speed Manual – R325 200
1.4 TSI with BlueMotion Technlogy Comfortline (92 kW) 7-speed DSG – R340 700
2.0 TDI Comfortline (81 kW) 5-speed Manual – R343 700
2.0 TDI Comfortline (81 kW) 7-speed DSG – R359 200
The Golf SV model range comes standard with a 5 year/90 000 km Service Plan, 3 year/120 000 km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty. Service Intervals are 15 000 km.