Golf sportsvan can wiggle wiggle with it
VOLKSWAGEN is adding a new model to its venerable and top-selling Golf range in the Golf SV — or Sportsvan as it is known in Europe.
At just over 4,3 metres long, the SV is based on the same MQB platform as the Golf 7, but its is 83 mm longer than the Golf hatchback. It is also wider (8 mm) with a more headroom thanks to a higher roof.
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. The boot swallows 500 litres with the rear seat up (which is 120 litres more than the standard Golf) and with the rear seats folded down it can load 1 520 litres in volume, but note, not in mass.
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 mated to the group’s five-, six- or seven-speed transmissions. 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.
In South Africa, five models of the SV will be sold, in either Trendline or Comfortline cladding.
The Trendline standard feature includes SD card reader and CD player with five-inch colour touchscreen; a front centre armrest; dual rear ISOFIX fittings; seven airbags including one for the driver’s knees; an automatic postcollision 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.
The Comfortline adds front foglights; a rain sensor; electrically adjustable and heated side mirrors and silver roof rails.
The Golf SV is fully imported from Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg factory in Germany. — Supplied.
Prices 1,2 TSI Trendline (81 kW) 6-speed R292 500 1,4 TSI Comfortline (92 kW) 6-speed R325 200 1,4 TSI Comfortline (92 kW) 7-speed DSG R340 700 2,0 TDI Comfortline (81 kW) 5-speed R343 700 2.0 TDI Comfortline (81 kW) 6-speed DSG R359 200.