Plus-sized Golf now available


In a move many didn’t see coming, Volkswagen has introduced a compact MPV version of its top-selling Golf in the mould of recently launched BMW 2-series Active Tourer and Mercedes-Benz B-class.

Although based on the same MQB platform as its iconic hatchback sibling, the new Golf SV (SportVan) measures 83 mm longer, eight millimetres wider and 126 mm higher with luggage space growing from the standard cars’ 380 litres, to 500 litres with the rear seats up. Flipping them forward translates into a total capacity of 1 520 litres.

The interior is also standard Golf fare with pride of place being taken by a five-inch “Composition Colour” touchscreen infotainment system for the audio and Bluetooth, while higher spec models can also be fitted (as an option) with a 5.8-inch ‘Composition Media’ or eight-inch ‘Discover Pro” system featuring satellite navigation.

Top spec models also feature storage trays under the front seats and folding rear passenger tables while the parcel shelf can be stored below the boot board when all the seats are folded flat.

Replacing the previous Euro-only marketed Golf Plus, the SV will be available in five models with engine options including two TSI petrol engines and a single TDI mill as used in the normal Golf.

Starting off the range, the base Trendline comes fitted with a 1.2 TSI unit that produces 81 kW and 175 N.m of torque. A six-speed manual is the sole transmission offered. Volkswagen claims a 0-100 km/h sprint of 10.7 sec and a top speed of 192 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 5.1 L/100 km with emissions coming in below the 120 g/km threshold at 117 g/km.

Moving one up, the range topping Comfortline can be had with either petrol or diesel power with the former consisting of a 1.4 TSI that makes 92 kW and 200 N.m of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG. Top speed for both is rated at 200 km/h with 100 km/h dispatched in 9.9 sec. Fuel consumption is a claimed for 5.4 L/100 km or the manual and 5.2 L/100 km for the DSG, with emissions coming in at 125 g/km and 121 g/km respectively.

Concluding the range, the oil burning Comfortline uses the marque’s stalwart 2.0 TDI that punches out 81 kW and 250 N.m of torque. Transmission choices are either a five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG. As with the petrol, top speed and acceleration times are the same with the dash from 0-100 km/h taking 10.5 sec and the speed topping out at 190 km/h. Combined fuel consumption for both is 4.6 L/100 km and emissions at 120 g/km.

As for standard equipment, the Trendline features climatic air-conditioning, Hill Hold Control, 15-inch alloy wheels, auto brake crash prevention, XDS electronic front diff, ABS with EBD, ASR and ESC, seven airbags, leather wrapped steering wheel and gearknob, eight-speaker sound system with Aux and USB and electric windows all around.

Adding to this, the Comforline offers 16-inch wheels, cruise control, follow-me home headlights, rain sense wipers, foglights with active cornering and climate control.

A three year / 120 000 km warranty and five year / 90 000 km service plan is standard on all models.



1.2 TSI Trendline 81 kW / 175 N.m R292 500
1.4 TSI Comfortline 92 kW / 200 N.m R325 200
1.4 TSI Comfortline DSG 92 kW / 200 N.m R340 700
2.0 TDI Comfortline 81 kW / 250 N.m R343 700
2.0 TDI Comfortline DSG 81 kW / 250 N.m R359 200


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