The 2.0 diesel is stronger among all the engines. The 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol is equally powerful but on the steep hills the gear has to be changed down.
Golf SV doesn’t seem to get much despite adding weight and height to the standard Golf but still it’s impressive. The SV has more body control and precise steering than the rivals. SV is fitted with optional adaptive shock absorbers but the problem is the suspension taking bumps on potholes in it’s striving even in normal setting. The GT model has the Sportier suspension which is not comfortable.
The 2.0-litre diesel engine is quite smooth though strained when pushed hard. The 1.4-litre petrol being smooth and refined impresses and works great at all revs. The wind and road noise are somewhat higher but the car is hushed on the motorway. The Golf SV has an easy and good manual gearbox.
The Golf SV is expensive on all trim levels as well as engines. Only respite is the economical and efficient engines and the SV MPV has better value than the other MPVs.
The interior quality of SV is high with superior plastics and good damped switch-gear along with sturdy looks. Only few others can match the quality. The seat and steering wheel adjustments make the driving position comfortable. The all-round visibility is good. The car has tall and upright dashboard making the control systems easy.
The Golf SV has stability control along with driver’s knee ‘bags not to forget twin front, curtain and side airbags. The SE-spec and above-range trims come with city emergency brake system. The security features include deadlocks, locking wheel nuts and marked parts to prevent theft.
The Golf SV has plenty of head- and leg-room. The back seats, though, are not individual so with this feature the car is not at par with Citroen C4 Picasso. The boot is big and square-shaped with the rear seat sliding towards front makes it even bigger though it is only in a 60/4o split.
The standard features are air-con, Bluetooth, colored touch-screen, a digital radio and a USB socket. Alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers, leather steering wheel and extra storage cubbies. GT models adds up features like larger alloys, part-Alcantara upholstery, sat-nav and front and rear parking sensors, but still value-wise SE cars are better.
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