Golf sportsvan can wig­gle wig­gle with it

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

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