Golf SV 2014-2017

Volkswagen has packed all the advanced technology of the award-winning Golf hatchback range into a larger, even more practical body. The result is the Golf SV.

Originally marketed as the Golf Plus when it was introduced in June 2005, the Golf SV name was adopted in March 2014 when this all-new model was launched. The SV initials are derived from the model’s name in mainland Europe: the Golf Sports Van.

UK Retailers started taking orders for the car in May 2014, with the first deliveries in July. The Golf SV is the third variant of the seventh-generation Golf, alongside the hatchback and the Estate, and has a look that clearly follows the design of its siblings, with strong elements of Volkswagen’s design ‘DNA’. Based on the MQB platform and measuring 4,338 mm long, the new SV is 134 mm longer than the Golf Plus that it replaces, and 83 mm longer than the Golf. It is 224 mm shorter than the Golf Estate. Its 2,685 mm wheelbase is 48 mm longer than that of the Golf, helping to generate more interior space, while the SV is also 81 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.

Compared with the boot of its predecessor, capacity is increased by 76 litres to 500 litres with the back seats at their rear-most position (versus the Golf’s 380 litres and the Estate’s 605 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. The front passenger seat can also optionally fold fully forward, creating a load space which is up to 2,484 mm long.

Like the Golf, the Golf SV comes with a raft of standard and optional passive and active safety systems. These include a standard 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 (from SE trim) 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 Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, all of which are standard from SE specification and above, and which can reduce or eliminate the chance of accidents occurring. Also available are a Driver Alert System, a camera-operated Lane Assist system and a Dynamic Light Assist system.

A first for the Golf SV is a blind spot monitor, dubbed Side Scan, with an assistant for exiting parking spaces. This monitors the area behind and to the sides of the vehicle, ensuring easier and safer egress when reversing from a parking bay. It will be packaged as an option together with Lane Assist.

Powering the SV is a range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. There is a turbocharged 1.0-litre TSI with 115 PS; a 1.2-litre petrol engines with 85 PS; two 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines with 125 and 150 PS; and two turbodiesels: a 2.0-litre 150 PS and a 1.6-litre 115 PS. When fitted in the Golf SV BlueMotion, this last engine is expected to return fuel economy of 67.3.5 mpg and emit 110 g/km of CO? (68.9 mpg and 106 g/km for DSG version). All engines apart from the 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS can be ordered with a DSG gearbox.

Trim levels for the Golf SV progress from S through SE to GT. A BlueMotion model based on the S specification is also available.

All models include Bluetooth; DAB digital radio, SD card reader and CD player with 6.5-inch colour touchscreen; iPod connector; a front centre armrest; dual rear ISOFIX fittings; seven airbags including one for the driver’s knees; XDS electronic differential; an automatic post-collision braking system; and air conditioning. Roof rails are also standard: black-coloured on the S and SE, and silver on the GT.

Among other items, SE models add ACC adaptive cruise control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking; 16-inch alloy wheels; rear map-reading lights; an additional 12 Volt socket and air vents in the rear of the front centre armrest; drawers under the front seats; folding tables on the rear of the front seat backrests; a leather-trimmed gear lever and three-spoke multifunction steering wheel; automatic lights and wipers; a Driver Alert System; driver profile selection, and the Pre-Crash preventive occupant protection system.

The range-topping GT trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels; sports suspension, which is lowered by 15 mm; 65 per cent tinted rear windows; Discover satellite navigation system; electrically folding door mirrors; front and rear parking sensors; Alcantara and cloth upholstery and ambient interior lighting, among other items.

The Golf SV is built at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg factory in Germany alongside the Golf hatch and Estate. The best year of sales in the UK for the previous model was 2006 when 8,856 Golf Plus models were sold.

Summary

? Third version of Golf Mk VII, alongside hatchback and Estate; replaced Golf Plus

? Trim, specification and engine line-up run from S to SE, SE BlueMotion and then GT

? Despite compact dimensions, SV offers space for five adults plus luggage

? Golf SV styling clearly follows that of its siblings, with strong elements of Volkswagen’s design ‘DNA’

? At 4,338 mm long, SV is 134 mm longer than Golf Plus that it replaces, and 83 mm longer than Golf. It is 224 mm shorter than Golf Estate. Its 2,685 mm wheelbase is 48 mm longer than that of the Golf, helping to generate more interior space, while the SV is also 81 mm wider, at 1,807 mm, and 126 mm higher, at 1,578 mm (excluding roof rails)

? Greater interior space provides for greater flexibility. 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

? Compared with boot of its predecessor, capacity is increased by 76 litres to 500 litres with the back seats at their rear-most position (versus Golf’s 380 litres and Estate’s 605 litres). Moving rear seats forwards increases luggage capacity to 590 litres, while folding rear seats liberates up to 1,520 litres of room. Front passenger seat can also optionally fold fully forward, creating a load space which is up to 2,484 mm long

? Like Golf, Golf SV comes with a raft of standard and optional passive and active safety systems. Automatic post-collision braking system which automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision to reduce kinetic energy significantly and thus minimise the chance of a second impact is standard on all models, while 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 is standard from SE

? Other electronic aids include Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, all of which are standard from SE specification and above, and which can reduce or eliminate the chance of accidents occurring. A Driver Alert system is standard on SE and GT, while a camera-operated Lane Assist system and a Dynamic Light Assist system are optional

? Golf SV includes a blind spot monitor, dubbed Side Scan, with an assistant for exiting parking spaces. This monitors the area behind and to the sides of the vehicle, ensuring easier and safer egress when reversing from a parking bay. It will be packaged as an option together with Lane Assist

? Powering the Golf SV is a range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. All are EU6 compliant. There is a turbocharged 1.0-litre TSI with 115 PS; a 1.2-litre petrol engines with 85 PS; two 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines with 125 and 150 PS; and two turbodiesels: a 2.0-litre 150 PS and a 1.6-litre 115 PS. When fitted in the Golf SV BlueMotion, this last engine returns fuel economy of 60.1 mpg and emits 108 g/km of CO? (60.1 mpg and 109 g/km for DSG version). All engines apart from the 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS can be ordered with a DSG gearbox

? Trim levels for Golf progress from S through SE to GT. A BlueMotion model based on the S specification is also available. All models include Bluetooth; DAB digital radio, SD card reader and CD player with 6.5-inch colour touchscreen; iPod connector; a front centre armrest; dual rear ISOFIX fittings; seven airbags including one for the driver’s knees; XDS electronic differential; an automatic post-collision braking system; and air conditioning. Roof rails are also standard: black on the S and SE, and silver on the GT

? Among other items, SE models add ACC Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City emergency braking; 16-inch alloy wheels; rear map-reading lights; an additional 12 Volt socket and air vents in the rear of the front centre armrest; drawers under the front seats; tables on the rear of the front seat backrests; a leather-trimmed gear lever and three-spoke multifunction steering wheel; automatic lights and wipers; a Driver Alert system; driver profile selection, and the Pre-Crash preventive occupant protection system

? Range-topping GT trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels; sports suspension; 65 per cent tinted rear windows; Discover Navigation system with 8.0-inch colour touchscreen; front and rear parking sensors; Alcantara and cloth upholstery and ambient interior lighting, among other items

? All Golf SVs in the UK (except BlueMotion) will come with a standard space-saver spare tyre

? Best-seller is SE 1.6-litre TDI 115 PS manual. Retail sales are around 65 per cent, diesel sales around 80 per cent and DSG sales around 35 per cent

? Went on sale in May 2014, with first UK deliveries at the end of July 2014

DESIGN

The MQB platform

The Golf was the first Volkswagen model to be based upon the Volkswagen Group’s MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform or Modular Transverse Matrix. The introduction of the MQB strategy represented a turning point in the design and production of future automobiles with transverse-mounted engines as it standardises many vehicle component parameters – across brands and vehicle classes – and at the same time, it offered access to new technologies.

The Golf SV car sits on the now familiar MQB, or Modularer Querbaukasten (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform, which means it benefits from the latest available technology and shares elements of its underpinnings with other successful new models such as the award-winning Passat, popular Touran MPV, latest Tiguan SUV and Tiguan Allspace seven-seat SUV.

One of the prominent characteristics of the Modular Transverse Matrix is the uniform mounting position of all engines. Two systems integrated in the MQB strategy which play a key role here are the modular petrol engine system (MOB) with the new EA211 engine series (60 to 150 PS) – this range includes the world’s first four-cylinder production engine with cylinder deactivation (ACT) – and the modular diesel engine system (MDB) with the new EA288 engine series (90 to 190 PS).

By introducing these new engine series, the number of engine and gearbox variants offered by the Group will be reduced by around 90 per cent, without restricting choice. On the contrary; in addition to standardising conventional internal combustion engines, the MQB also enables an identical mounting position for all current alternative drive concepts without limitations – from natural gas and hybrid versions to pure electric drive.

The MQB opens up new opportunities at the Volkswagen Group, allowing it to produce high-volume and niche models at the highest quality and extremely competitive costs over the long term and worldwide – vehicles that are individually tailored to the requirements of very diverse markets such as Europe, China and America, as well as emerging markets such as India. In parallel, the Volkswagen Group will significantly reduce vehicle weights with the launch of the first MQB model series and will introduce 20 innovations in the areas of safety and infotainment, which until now were reserved for higher vehicle segments, including for example a new Automatic Post-Collision Braking System which, after an initial collision, helps to reduce the intensity of secondary collisions by automatically initiated braking. This system is standard on all new Golf SV models.

Within the Group, the MQB developed under the auspices of the Volkswagen brand is supplemented by the Modular Longitudinal System (MLB) from Audi, the Modular Standard System (MSB) with Porsche as the competence centre and finally the ‘New Small Family’ – the most compact vehicle model series with the Volkswagen up!, SEAT Mii and ŠKODA Citigo.

Exterior

The Golf SV was created as the third bodystyle version of the model series, after the classic Golf hatchback and the Golf Estate, and its technical base is the modular transverse matrix (MQB). Thanks to this design layout, it was possible to extend the body over its 2,685 mm wheelbase, which is 107 mm longer than that of the Golf Plus. Compared to the Golf hatchback and the Golf Estate, the wheelbase has grown by around 50 mm. Like the two other MQB body versions of the Golf, the weight of the Golf SV was reduced by innovative lightweight design and is now up to 90 kg lighter than the Golf Plus.

With a bumper-to-bumper length of 4,338 mm, the Golf SV is 134 mm longer than the Golf Plus, 83 mm longer than the Golf hatchback and 224 mm shorter than the Golf Estate. At 1,807 mm the Golf SV is just 8 mm wider than the Golf hatchback and Golf Estate. The Golf SV and Golf Plus are nearly identical in height without roof rails (1,578 and 1,580 mm, respectively) meaning the new generation continues to give occupants a higher seating position and more vertical cargo space; the Golf hatchback is 126 mm lower, and the Golf Estate (without roof rails) is 117 mm lower in height. 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 in general sportier than the Golf Plus. 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 bi-xenon headlights are ordered – 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.

Interior

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 or Golf Estate 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 (in versions without the optional Dynaudio sound system) 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). From SE, the Golf SV 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. What is known as the H-point (hip point) of the front seats lies 7 mm lower than in the previous model (Golf Plus), but its height is 59 to 85 mm above the H-point of the Golf and Golf Estate, 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 (previous model: 160 mm). 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.

Compared to the previous Golf Plus model, cargo capacity was increased by 76 litres to 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 (gain of 85 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 – a gain of 70 litres.

The maximum interior length is a class-leading 1,795 mm; the previous model had an interior length that was 35 mm shorter. If the backrest of the front passenger seat is also folded down (optional feature in all equipment versions), this frees up a 2,542 mm long, nearly level cargo surface. Loading is also easy: the load sill was lowered by 13 mm to 652 mm, which makes lifting and loading back-friendly.

TECHNOLOGY HIGHLIGHTS

Infotainment systems

Like its sibling, the seventh-generation Golf, the Golf SV was equipped at launch with new radio and radio/navigation systems with completely new designs. All systems have a colour touchscreen as standard, which measures 6.5 inches; an optional eight-inch version is available via the Discover Navigation Pro system in SE, SE BlueMotion and GT trims.

All displays have proximity sensors so as soon as the driver or front passenger moves a finger near to the touchscreen, 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.

In designing the latest generation of devices, Volkswagen’s primary goal was to integrate the most advanced infotainment applications into the Golf SV, which should be consistently easy to use – despite all of the complexity of today’s systems – i.e. they should be totally intuitive and therefore safe to use while driving.

‘Composition Media’ system (standard on S and SE)

With this sophisticated system, there are four buttons to the left and four to the right of the touchscreen. It works in conjunction with the following features:

? 6.5-inch colour touchscreen

? DAB digital radio

? Bluetooth telephone connection for compatible units

? glovebox mounted single CD player

? MDI (Multi Device Interface); SD card reader; AUX-in socket

? music playback from MP3, WMA and AAC files

? title and cover art display (with compatible devices)

? eight speakers, front and rear

? 4 x 20 watt output

? car menu

? Eco function (with tips for economical driving)

‘Discover Navigation’ system (standard on GT)

In addition to the standard features on the Composition Media package, GT models benefit from the Discover Navigation system which adds the following:

? 6.5-inch colour touchscreen

? preloaded European navigation data

? 2D / 3D map view

? choice of route options

? dynamic navigation based on TMC+ data

? branded points of interest

? traffic sign display with speed limits and no-overtaking zones

? Car-Net ‘Guide & Inform’ with online access to traffic info, fuel pricing, parking space availability, weather and news feeds

Optional upgrades to infotainment system

Customers of SE models can choose to upgrade to the Discover Navigation system, while those with an SE, SE BlueMotion or GT can specify the range-topping Discover Navigation Pro package. In this case the Golf SV is equipped with an eight-inch colour touchscreen and has the following:

? voice activated control system for navigation, CD and radio functions

? 64 GB solid state hard drive

? preloaded European navigation data; 3D map view

? choice of route options, and dynamic navigation based on TMC+ data

? branded points of interest

? traffic sign display with speed limits and no-overtaking zones

? additional SD card reader and photo display

Advanced telephone connection (optional on SE and GT)

This not only adds a USB socket in the central under-armrest storage box for mobile phone charging, but also an inductive link to the vehicle’s external aerial, making for better phone reception and reducing the drain on the phone’s battery.

Dynaudio soundpack (optional on SE and GT)

This tailored sound system includes a 10-channel digital amplifier, 400-Watt output and nine speakers. A boot-mounted subwoofer sits in the spare wheel well and an additional speaker sits in the upper dashboard.

Technical highlights and features

In addition to the introduction of the MQB platform, the reductions in weight and consequent cuts in fuel consumption, the seventh-generation Golf was also significant thanks to its enhanced value proposition. While this is true in the recommended retail price, it is also worth noting how much technology was added to the car from launch. Features which were previously the reserve of cars in the premium and luxury segment are now standard on many Golfs, adding significantly to the car’s overall safety and comfort credentials (see also Infotainment section). Spec for spec, the Golf SV mirrors the Golf hatch and adopts many of its safety, comfort and convenience features.

ABS, ESC and XDS (standard on all)

Like the Golf, the Golf SV has standard ABS and ESC plus seven airbags, plus XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling. Technically speaking, XDS is a functional extension of the electronic limited-slip differential (EDL) which is a part of the standard ESC system.

Its benefits are experienced when driving quickly through a bend. ESC sensors provide information on lateral G forces, while ABS sensors monitor levels of friction. Using this information a control unit can predict when an inside wheel is about to lift and apply a braking force automatically to increase traction on the opposite front wheel. XDS differs from EDL however as it brakes the inner wheel before it loses traction rather than afterwards. The result is smoother, more sure-footed and safer progress with better traction through fast corners when on the limit of adhesion.

XDS also compensates for the understeer which is typical of front-wheel drive cars, meaning the Golf SV’s driving characteristics are significantly more precise and neutral, leading to greater driving enjoyment.

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (standard on all)

An innovative new feature is the Golf SV’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which has already 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 kmh/6 mph is reached, so this residual vehicle speed can be used to steer to a safe location after the braking process.

Misfuel prevention device (standard on all diesel models)

On vehicles with a diesel engine, there is an insert with a mechanically locking flap on the filler neck for the fuel tank. The flap prevents a fuel nozzle from being inserted which is not suitable for diesel fuel (in other words a petrol fuel nozzle) thus protecting the vehicle from being filled with the wrong type of fuel.

Driver Alert system (standard on SE and GT, optional on S)

It is estimated that a quarter of motorway 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.

PreCrash preventive occupant protection (standard on SE and GT, optional on S)

The Golf SV’s preventive occupant protection system is just one example of a technology that has been transferred from the premium to the compact class, having been implemented first in the Touareg.

If the system detects a potential accident situation – such as by the initiation of hard braking via an activated brake assistant – the seatbelts of the driver and front passenger are automatically pre-tensioned to ensure the best possible protection by the airbag and belt system. When a critical and ‘unstable’ driving situation is detected, for example through severe oversteer or understeer with ESC intervention, the side windows are closed (except for a small gap) and so is the sunroof. This is because the head and side airbags offer optimal support and thereby achieve their best possible effectiveness when the windows and sunroof are almost fully closed.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist (standard on SE and GT)

Like the PreCrash system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) has until now been the preserve of cars in higher segments. Now standard from SE upwards, the system uses a radar sensor integrated into the front of the car to detect distance from the car in front, maintain a preselected speed and automatically brake or accelerate in traffic.

ACC operates over a speed range from 30 to 160 km/h (approx. 18 to 99 mph) with a manual gearbox and with DSG. In vehicles with DSG, ACC intervenes to such an extent that the car may be slowed to a standstill, depending on the situation. It may also automatically pull away in stop-and-go traffic. ACC maintains a preselected speed and a defined distance to the vehicle ahead, and it automatically brakes or accelerates in flowing traffic. The system dynamics can by individually varied by selecting one of the driving programmes from the driver profile selector.

Front Assist (standard on SE and GT)

Front Assist works like ACC with the radar sensor integrated into the front of the car, which continually monitors the distance to the traffic ahead. Even with ACC switched off, Front Assist helps the driver in critical situations by preconditioning the brake system and alerting the driver to any required reactions by means of visual and audible warnings. If the driver fails to brake hard enough, the system automatically generates sufficient braking force to help avoid a collision. Should the driver, meanwhile, not react at all, Front Assist automatically slows the car so that under optimal conditions the speed of any impact is minimised. The system also assists the driver by an alert if the car is getting too close to the vehicle in front. The City Emergency Braking function is also part of Front Assist.

City Emergency Braking (standard on SE and GT)

The City Emergency Braking function, first seen on the up! model and now standard on Golf SV from SE upwards is a system extension of Front Assist and scans the area in front of the car via radar sensor. It operates at speeds below 30 km/h (approx. 18 mph). If the car is in danger of colliding with a vehicle driving or parked up ahead and the driver does not react, the brake system is preconditioned in the same way as with Front Assist. If the driver fails to intervene, City Emergency Braking then automatically initiates hard braking to reduce the severity of the impact. In addition, if the driver is initiating braking, but fails to press the brake pedal sufficiently, the system will assist with maximum braking power.

Lane Assist (optional on SE and GT)

The Golf SV’s camera-based lane-keeping assistant with steering intervention detects lane markings and helps the driver to avoid critical lane changes or inadvertently leaving the lane. The camera sensor is activated from 40 mph and permanently scans lane markings to the right and left of the vehicle (both solid and dotted lines). If the car approaches a lane marking, Lane Assist warns the driver visually on the dashboard and via gentle steering vibration.

The system differentiates between intentional and unintended lane changes, for example, if the driver has activated the indicators; the driver can also override Lane Assist through a strong steering intervention, so essentially it detects gradual and unintended drifting.

High Beam Assist (optional on SE and GT)

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, approx. 37 mph).

Driver profile selection (standard on SE and GT)

A driver profile selection is available on the Golf SV, offering customers up to five different programmes to allow them to match their car settings to their desired driving style. The standard available programmes are: Eco, Sport, Normal and Individual.

Each of these modes alters the throttle mapping and engine management (among other parameters) to the chosen style, so in Eco mode, for example, the engine management, air conditioning and ancillary systems are controlled to achieve maximum fuel efficiency.

Vehicles with a DSG gearbox have an additional coasting function in Eco mode which disengages the gear to allow the engine to idle, thereby ensuring optimal utilisation of the car’s kinetic energy and better fuel economy. A fifth profile – Comfort – is also offered on cars which have optional Dynamic Chassis Control (see Running Gear section for details).

Park Assist (optional on all models)

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 (approx. 25 mph) 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.

Panoramic tilt/slide sunroof (optional on SE and GT)

A transparent panoramic sunroof is available, which 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 per cent of heat radiation and 90 per cent of light.

Keyless entry and start (optional on SE and GT)

The Golf SV is available with the option of a Keyless entry and start system. When one of the door handles is touched, a signal is transmitted from an aerial integrated in the handle. The system then searches for a valid ID transmitter, from which it detects access authorisation. The antenna relays the code sent by the transmitter to the relevant control unit in the Golf SV. If the code is recognised, the system then unlocks the doors, deactivates the immobiliser (and the anti-theft alarm system where fitted), and allows the vehicle to be started at the push of a button. Other antennae check whether the ID transmitter is in the car. For example, to protect children, the Golf SV cannot be started if the ID transmitter is too far away from the vehicle. It is not possible, for example, to put the transmitter on the roof, get in the car and drive off.

If no door is opened within 30 seconds, the doors lock again as with a conventional system operated by remote control. From inside the vehicle, it is unlocked by pressing a button in the door handle. The Golf SV can also be unlocked and locked by remote control.

ENGINES

Powering the Golf SV is a new range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. The petrol engines are a 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS, a 1.0-litre TSI with 115 PS, a 1.4-litre TSI with 125 PS and a 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS unit. The diesel engines are a 1.6-litre unit with 115 PS and a 2.0-litre unit with 150 PS. All Golf SV engines are compliant with the Euro 6 emissions legislation.

Petrol engines

The majority of petrol units are from the EA211 series, the family of engines that was designed for the MQB platform. All the EA211 series engines in the Golf SV are class-leading in terms of their energy efficiency, lightweight design and high torque performance. Fuel consumption and CO? emissions values were reduced by eight to ten per cent compared to previous engines, in part due to reduced internal friction, lower weight and optimised thermal management.

The EA211 engines are also characterised by a new mounting position. Whereas the EA111 series was mounted with a forward tilt and the ‘hot’ exhaust side at the front, with the EA211, the cylinder head has been rotated and the engines are now tilted towards the firewall (bulkhead between engine compartment and passenger compartment), like the diesel engines. With the diesel (EA288) and petrol engines now sharing an identical inclination angle of 12 degrees, Volkswagen can now standardise the exhaust, driveshafts and gearbox mounting position.

The EA211 is a complete redesign; only the cylinder spacing of 82 mm was adopted from Volkswagen’s successful EA111 engine series. The new unit is also particularly compact and this is reflected in its mounting length, which has been shortened by 50 mm; as a result the front axle could be shifted forward, resulting in more interior passenger space.

Thanks to an ultra-rigid crankcase made of die-cast aluminium, these petrol engines are especially lightweight at 97 kg (1.2 TSI) and 104 kg (1.4 TSI); on the 1.4-litre TSI, the weight advantage compared to the grey cast iron counterpart from the EA111 series is as much as 22 kg. This approach to lightweight design extends to the smallest of details: engine developers reduced the main bearing diameter of the crankshaft on the 1.4-litre TSI from 54 to 48 mm; the crankshaft itself was lightened by 20 per cent, while the weight of the connecting rods was reduced by an impressive 30 per cent. The gudgeon pins are bored hollow, and the aluminium pistons (now with flat piston crowns) have also been weight optimised.

By fully integrating the exhaust manifold in the cylinder head, the engine heats up quickly from a cold start, while simultaneously supplying ample heat to the car’s climate control system to warm up the interior. At high loads, on the other hand, the exhaust gas is more effectively cooled by the coolant, which reduces fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent.

To optimise thermal management, Volkswagen engineers designed the EA211 with a dual-loop cooling system. The base engine is cooled by a high-temperature loop with a mechanically driven coolant pump, while a low-temperature loop, powered by an electric pump, circulates coolant to the intercooler and turbocharger housing as needed. Passenger compartment heating comes from the cylinder head circulation loop, so that, like the engine, it warms up quickly.

Due to innovative engineering of the exhaust manifold, Volkswagen was able to use a very narrow single-scroll compressor in the turbocharger, resulting in weight reduction for the cylinder head turbocharger component group. On the EA211, the intercooler is integrated in the induction pipe which is made of injection-moulded plastic, leading to significantly accelerated pressure build-up and hence dynamic performance in downsized engines.

Volkswagen significantly reduced internal friction in a number of ways. The overhead camshafts (DOHC) are not chain driven, but employ a single stage, low-friction toothed belt design, a 20 mm wide belt and load-reducing profiled belt wheels. Thanks to its high-end material specification, this toothed belt’s service life spans the life of the vehicle. Actuation of the valve gear is through roller cam followers, and an anti-friction bearing for the highly loaded first camshaft bearing, also lead to reduced friction resistances.

To ensure that the engine takes up as little mounting space as possible, ancillary components such as the water pump, air conditioning compressor and alternator are screwed directly to the engine and the oil sump without additional brackets, and they are driven by a single-track toothed belt with a fixed tension roller.

To reduce emissions and fuel consumption further, and to improve torque in the lower rev range, the intake camshaft on all EA211 engines can be varied over a range of 50 degrees crankshaft angle.

The maximum fuel injection pressure on the EA211 engines was increased to 200 bar. State-of-the-art five-hole injection nozzles deliver up to three individual injections to each of the cylinders very precisely via a stainless steel distributor bar. In designing the combustion chamber, Volkswagen also paid particular attention to achieving minimal wetting of the combustion chamber walls with fuel and optimised flame propagation.

1.2-litre TSI, 1197 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 85 PS

The entry-level engine in the Golf SV is a turbocharged, direct injection TSI engine producing 85 PS from 4,300 to 5,300 rpm, with torque of 160 Nm (118 lbs ft) from 1,400 to 3,500 rpm.

This Golf SV, with a standard five-speed manual gearbox, has a zero to 62 mph time of 13.2 seconds and a top speed of 110 mph. Combined economy is 56.5 mpg with CO? emissions of 116 g/km.

1.2-litre TSI, 1197 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 115 PS

Moving up the range this 1.2-litre turbocharged Golf produces 115 PS from 4,600 to 5,600 rpm and 175 Nm (129 lbs ft) of torque between 1,400 and 4,000 rpm. It is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox exclusively in the SE BlueMotion trim. As such it has the lowest CO? values of Golf SV range.

Standstill to 62 mph takes 10.7 seconds with a top speed of 119 mph. Yet performance does not come at the expense of economy: combined fuel consumption is 60.1 mpg whether with manual or a DSG gearbox, with carbon dioxide emissions of 108 g/km (109 DSG).

1.4-litre TSI, 1395 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 125 PS

For those looking for additional power but still combined with impressive economy the Golf SV is also available with a turbocharged 1.4-litre TSI with 125 PS from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 200 Nm (148 lbs ft) from 1,400 rpm to 4,000 rpm. This engine, which is offered with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox, enables a top speed of 124 mph and 0 to 62 mph in 9.9 seconds. Economy is still high on the agenda with a combined consumption of 51.4 mpg (54.3 DSG) and CO? output of 127 g/km (120 DSG).

1.4-litre TSI, 1395 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 150 PS

This 1.4-litre TSI engine produces 150 PS from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 250 Nm (184 lbs ft) of torque from just 1,500 to 3,500 rpm. Also available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox, this engine gives the Golf SV 0 to 62 mph time of 8.8 seconds and a top speed of 132 mph. Combined consumption is 51.4 mpg (52.3 DSG) with carbon dioxide emissions of 129 g/km (125 DSG).

Diesel engines

Volkswagen introduced a new series of diesel engines – called EA288 – for the Golf Mk 7 alongside the new petrol line-up and these are carried over to the Golf SV range. Within this series, Volkswagen is took its TDI technology, which was been developed over the years, to a new level of sustainability, with reductions in consumption across the range.

As with the petrol engines (EA211), the only dimension of the Golf series’ four-cylinder diesels that has been carried over from the previous generation is the cylinder spacing. Many components were designed to be modular within the new modular diesel component system (MDB). These include emissions-relevant components such as the fuel injection system, turbocharger and intercooler within the induction manifold module. In addition, a sophisticated exhaust gas recirculation system is used (with a cooled low-pressure AGR), while the layout of emissions control components sees them located closer to the engine. To fulfil various emissions standards worldwide, an oxidation catalytic converter, diesel particulate filter and NOx storage catalytic converter are all implemented in the Golf.

Various other design modifications optimise fuel economy and comfort significantly as well. Volkswagen has tuned all sub-assemblies of the TDI engine for minimal internal friction. These elements include piston rings with less pre-tension and the use of low-friction bearings for the camshaft (drive-side) and − in the 2.0-litre TDI − for the two balancer shafts. In the oil circulation loop, energy usage was optimised by an oil pump with volumetric flow control.

During the TDI’s warm-up phase, an innovative thermal management system utilises separate cooling circulation loops for the cylinder head and the cylinder block as well as a deactivatable water pump, meaning operating temperatures are reached considerably faster. One additional benefit of this is that the interior of the Golf SV also gets warmer more quickly in the winter. Another independently controlled cooling loop enables on-demand control of inlet air temperature with additional emissions control benefits.

The diesels not only have very low emissions, high fuel-efficiency and torque, but they also run very smoothly for optimum refinement. This is achieved in a number of ways, for example, the 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS employs two low-friction bearings in its balancer shafts to eliminate free out of balance forces that are a characteristic of any piston engine systems.

1.6-litre TDI, 1598 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 115 PS

The 1.6-litre common rail TDI is also available with a more powerful output of 115 PS between 3,200 and 4,000 rpm, and 250 Nm (184 lbs ft) of torque from 1,500 to 3,000. Available with a choice of five-speed manual or, optional seven-speed DSG gearbox, it gives this Golf SV a 0 to 62 mph time of 11.3 seconds and a top speed of 119 mph. Frugality comes as standard: on the combined cycle it returns 67.3 mpg (68.9 DSG) while emitting 110 g/km of CO? (106 DSG).

2.0-litre TDI, 1968, 16-valve 4-cyl, 150 PS

This range-topping 2.0-litre engine produces 150 PS (10 PS more than the equivalent engine in the previous generation) from 3,500 to 4,000, and 340 Nm (251 lbs ft) of torque from just 1,750 up to 3,000 rpm. Customers choosing this engine can opt for a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox. Performance is impressive but does not come at the expense of economy. The Golf’s 2.0-litre TDI completes the 0 to 62 mph sprint in 9.2 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 132 mph (130 DSG). Combined economy is 65.7 mpg (61.4 DSG) with a carbon dioxide output of 113 g/km (119 DSG). When ordered in the Golf SV GT trim, the CO? figure is 115 g/km (122 DSG) and the combined economy is 64.2 mpg (60.1 DGS)

Start/Stop Technology

For the past few years, Volkswagen has been producing and developing a range of vehicles that strikes a balance between the highly focused BlueMotion vehicles and the conventional products on which they are based. The Golf SV in SE Bluemotion trim has a highly efficient engine that combines efficiency with comfort and equipment to create a vehicle that delivers greater economy and produces fewer emissions yet is practical as well as conventional to drive, service and maintain.

All new Golf SV models are equipped with modifications that save energy, such as a multifunction computer which includes visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption, as well as Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems.

The Golf SV’s automatic Stop/Start system is operated through the clutch pedal. When coming to a halt at traffic lights, for example, the driver depresses the clutch and selects neutral. When the clutch is released, the engine shuts down and a ‘Start / Stop’ symbol illuminates on the multifunction display. In order to move away, the driver simply depresses the clutch once again to select first gear and the engine restarts automatically. The system can be deactivated through a switch, if necessary. With the DSG gearbox, the Stop/Start system is activated through the brake pedal.

A battery regeneration system helps to utilise energy that would otherwise be lost during braking. In deceleration and braking phases, the alternator’s voltage is boosted and used for rapid recharging of the car’s battery. Thanks to alternator control, it is possible to lower alternator voltage, for example during deceleration or driving at a constant speed. It is even possible to switch off the alternator entirely which reduces engine load and improves fuel consumption.

Eco mode: driver profile selection

SE and GT Golf SV models have a standard driver profile selection facility (see Technology highlights section for details) which allows the drive to choose an operating mode which suits their style and journey. One of the available modes is ‘Eco’, whereby the engine management, air conditioning and ancillary systems are controlled to achieve maximum fuel efficiency. Vehicles with a DSG gearbox have an additional coasting function in Eco mode which disengages the gear to allow the engine to idle, thereby ensuring better utilisation of the car’s kinetic energy and better fuel economy.

Gearboxes

As detailed above, most of the Golf SV’s engines can be paired with a dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). This is either a six- or seven-speed DSG, depending on maximum engine torque, and both are designed to offer the best combination of fuel-efficiency and shifting dynamics. In addition to the number of gears, the six- and seven- speed ’boxes differ in their clutch types. While two dry clutches are used in the seven-speed DSG, the six-speed DSG has a dual clutch that runs in an oil bath.

Launched in 2005, Volkswagen’s Direct Shift Gearbox combines the comfort of an automatic gearbox with the responsiveness and economy of a manual unit. The six-speed, DSG unit has two wet clutches with hydraulic pressure regulation. One clutch controls the ‘odd’ gears plus reverse, while the other operates the ‘even’ gears. Theoretically, it is two gearboxes in one.

With this clutch management system, the interruptions in power that are typical of even an automatic-shift manual gearbox no longer occur. This is achieved by an intelligent hydraulic and electronic (mechatronic) gearbox control system, the two wet-type clutches and the two input and output shafts in each half of the gearbox.

This combination enables the next-higher gear ratio to remain engaged but on standby until it is actually selected. In other words, if the car is being driven in third gear, fourth is selected but not yet activated. As soon as the ideal shift point is reached, the clutch on the third-gear side opens, the other clutch closes and fourth gear engages under accurate electronic supervision. Since the opening and closing actions of the two clutches overlap, a smooth gearshift results and the entire shift process is completed in less than four-hundredths of a second. In addition to its fully automatic shift mode, DSG has a Tiptronic function to permit manual gear selection.

Seven-speed DSG

This gearbox uses a pair of dry clutches to improve fuel efficiency and performance. The pair of dry, organic bonded friction linings do not require cooling, making the drivetrain more efficient through the extra gear ratio and the fact that less power is required for the gear selection and clutch servo system. Measuring only 369 mm in length and weighing only 79 kg including the dual-mass flywheel, the gearbox is remarkably compact.

In adopting seven-speeds, Volkswagen engineers were able to lower first gear to improve acceleration from a standstill. By contrast seventh gear has been raised to act as an overdrive function making it ideal for motorway driving with the additional effect of further improving economy and refinement levels.

The volume of oil contained within the gearbox has also been reduced by 75 per cent. The lubrication circuits are divided into two to maintain the purity of the oil. As with a conventional manual gearbox, one of the circuits is used for cooling and lubrication of the gear teeth, the second feeds oil to the gear actuators. Since the clutch does not require cooling the quantity of oil has been reduced from seven litres in the six-speed DSG gearbox to only 1.7 litres in the new seven-speed system.

Servicing

Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their Golf SV. They can choose Fixed Service or Flexible Service and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its general use.

The Fixed Service regime is recommended for vehicles that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in the following way:

? Predominantly urban driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts

? Activities regularly producing high engine loading, for example frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing

? Driving with high rpm, hard acceleration and heavy braking

In this case, the vehicle will be serviced at regular intervals, at every 10,000 miles or every 12 months.

Flexible Service is recommended for vehicles with a daily mileage of more than 25 miles, where the vehicle is driven regularly and on mainly longer distance journeys. The vehicle should be mainly driven at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner. In this case, the on-board computer informs the driver via a dashboard display, when the vehicle needs a service. A range of engine sensors electronically monitors the vehicle’s oil temperature, oil pressure, oil level and brake pad wear to establish when a service is needed.

With the Flexible regime, the vehicle can cover typically between 10,000 and 18,000 miles (approx.) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes. An inspection service is typically due in the third year of ownership or at 40,000 miles and thereafter every second year for vehicles with an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles.

Customers can choose between Fixed and Flexible at PDI (pre-delivery inspection) and though it is possible to change from one to another during the vehicle’s life, it can only be done when a full inspection service is due.

RUNNING GEAR

In developing the running gear for the seventh generation Golf family, engineers set out to exploit the advantages of the new Modular Transverse Matrix (or MQB platform – see separate section for full details), and certain specific proven components were further advanced to perfect the car’s ride and comfort properties. At the same time, weight reduction was defined as a clear priority, in order to maximise the reductions in fuel consumption and enhance ride comfort.

In order to allow the greatest possible weight reduction, a new modular lightweight rear suspension system was developed for Golf models with under 125 PS, which weighs just 38 kg. For the more powerful versions, the further developed modular performance suspension was used, weighing 49 kg. These chassis modules are carried across directly from the Golf hatchback to the Golf SV.

Front axle

At the front the Golf SV uses a strut-type suspension system (spring struts) with lower wishbones that were newly developed for optimal handling and steering properties. All components were developed for functionality as well as reduced weight and costs. The result, despite not using aluminium components, was a weight saving of 1.6 kg, made possible, for example, by the use of high-strength steel in the transverse links and an innovative ‘bionic’ (ie. designed based on features from the natural world) design approach to the pivot bearings. A centrally positioned front subframe − designed for maximum rigidity − handles loads from the engine mountings and steering as well as front suspension loads.

The now universally employed tubular anti-roll bar has a stiffness that has been adapted to the requirements of different running gear layouts. Its rubber bearings are vulcanised directly into the painted anti-roll tube to ensure the best acoustic properties. For use with 16- and 17-inch wheel brakes, a new aluminium pivot bearing was also developed. The use of aluminium and the ‘bionic’ design of this pivot bearing resulted in weight reduction of 2.8 kg.

Modular lightweight rear suspension

The new modular lightweight rear suspension system consists of a transverse torsion beam that is open at the bottom, into which an insert plate is welded at the outer ends. Different torsional stiffness rates for different versions are attained by different lengths of the insert plates. This yields a considerable weight saving compared to a welded tubular anti-roll bar. The use of a transverse profile that is open at the bottom also enables optimal roll/steer behaviour and high transverse rigidity. By using high-strength steels and innovative design methods, Volkswagen succeeded in significantly increasing rigidity compared with previous suspensions systems of this construction type. Despite this, its weight was reduced.

Modular performance rear suspension

The multi-link rear suspension of the seventh generation Golf was further developed to give clear improvements in kinematics, acoustics, weight and modularity. However, nothing has changed with regard to its fundamental approach of consistently separating longitudinal and transverse rigidities. The low longitudinal rigidity has been preserved by the soft axle control of the trailing link; this was a necessary precondition for further improving ride comfort.

Furthermore, compared with the previous generation, Volkswagen successfully improved the transverse rigidity of the modular performance suspension, which is important for steering behaviour, by a new tie rod bearing tuning. Tracking and camber values are individually tuned by screws on the spring link and at the upper transverse link according to requirement for each vehicle type. Key design changes to the rear suspension are the connections of the tubular antiroll bar and the suspension damper, which are now made at the spring link. This reduces forces within the suspension, while in addition the suspension was made 4.0 kg or eight per cent (depending on model) lighter thanks to structural optimisations of many components and the use of high-strength steels.

Electro-mechanical power steering

The Golf SV uses the latest generation electro-mechanical power steering system which is able to vary the feel at the steering wheel to suit the speed and driving situation: firm and direct when driving hard, effortless at parking speeds.

Other advantages of the system include its mild self-centring action, its ability to compensate for different driving hazards, such as crosswinds and steep road cambers, and a beneficial effect on fuel economy.

Braking system

The Golf SV features a sophisticated braking system, with ABS and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) as standard across the range. Ventilated discs are fitted at the front, with solid discs on the rear axle.

Electronic Stability Control – ESC incorporating XDS

The latest-generation ESC system developed for the current Golf and carried to the SV has a range of features designed to have a direct and positive effect on active safety. All models are also fitted with XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling (see Technical highlights section for details on XDS).

Essentially, ESC is a sophisticated system that automatically senses any tendency for the car to slide. Should this situation occur, ESC reacts by applying the brakes to one, two, three or all four wheels and adjusts the engine’s power. In this way, it is possible that a skid is corrected even before the driver is aware that one has started.

This can be useful if a tendency to understeer or oversteer develops in a bend. In such circumstances ESC can help prevent the car skidding or spinning off the road and is particularly helpful in wet or icy conditions.

The latest generation of ESC fitted to the Golf and SV has a finer response, counter-steering recommendation and offers trailer stabilisation. This function can be activated by a Volkswagen Retailer when a Volkswagen-approved towbar is fitted. This system extends the capability of the normal ESC purely through a software extension. It does not require additional sensors.

When the onset of yawing of a trailer is detected by the ESC control module the system automatically reduces or cuts engine power and applies the brakes to appropriate wheels dynamically in phase with the yawing to oppose the snaking motion and stabilise the vehicle/trailer combination. When stability is achieved the brakes and engine power return to normal control. During the automatic braking process the brake lights are turned on even though the driver may not be touching the brake pedal.

Hydraulic Brake Assist

Working in conjunction with the other elements of the braking system, the latest form of HBA recognises from the speed at which the brake pedal is depressed whether it is a ‘normal’ braking situation or an emergency stop. In the event of an emergency stop, HBA automatically increases braking pressure, activating ABS and ensuring the level of braking meets the needs of the conditions. The application of brake assist makes it possible even for unskilled drivers to reduce braking distances by around 25 per cent.

Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) (optional on SE and GT, not on 115 or 125 PS models)

Engineers have in the past been constrained to design a suspension system which is biased either towards comfort or sportiness, always resulting in some form of compromise. The ideal, it was decided, would be to produce ride and handling characteristics that could continually adapt to road conditions and the particular wishes of the driver or passengers. Enter DCC.

With this system, the suspension’s damping characteristics can be controlled at the touch of a button, via the driver profile selection system.

DCC functions via a set of four electrically adjustable dampers operated through pneumatic valves. Each damper is fitted with characteristic map control, a gateway control module that serves as an interface with the CAN data networks in the Golf SV – these comprise three sensors for measuring wheel displacement, three sensors for measuring movements of the body structure and a control module for the damping.

These sensors constantly (up to 1,000 times per second) measure the vehicle’s behaviour – be it under braking, acceleration or cornering – and react almost instantaneously to ensure the optimum mix of chassis agility and comfort at all times. The vehicle defaults to ‘Normal’ mode in which the system strikes a balance for general use. Should the driver select ‘Sport’ mode the damping is hardened. This is intended for either twisty roads or track driving. In ‘Comfort’ the damping is softened to provide a smooth and controlled ride best suited to motorway driving. 

As well as altering the damping characteristics, when ‘Sport’ mode is selected on the Golf SV’s driver profile selection system, the throttle responses are sharpened, and the steering assistance also reduced. In ‘Comfort’ mode, the steering assistance is increased. Using the ‘Individual’ mode, the damping, steering and throttle responses can all be controlled individually. It is therefore possible, for example, to have the steering set to ‘Normal’, the throttle to ‘Sport’, and the damping to ‘Comfort’.

For the latest-generation Golf and hence for the SV, the latest generation of DCC has been employed. Cars fitted with DCC have a 10 mm lower ride height, as well as their own specific spring, damper and anti-roll bar settings. For the current generation certain parameters were also modified: designs of the wheel displacement sensors were adapted and weight optimised; the body accelerometers were converted from three analogue lines to two digital lines; and the DCC control unit was redesigned in its hardware configuration, components and layout. Processors operating at 180 MHz assures control with one-millisecond cycles.

Electronic parking brake with auto hold function

All current Golf models – and of course this extends to the Estate and SV – have an electronic parking brake which is operated via a switch between the front seats, as opposed to the ‘pull up’ handle from the previous generation. This also incorporates a standard auto hold function. This is activated via a button near the gear lever and is useful when the car is regularly stopping for short periods, for example when driving in heavy traffic. In this case, the parking brake is applied automatically whenever the vehicle is brought to rest on the footbrake, preventing it from rolling forwards or backwards. The brake is then released as soon as the accelerator is pressed.

If auto hold has been switched on when the vehicle ignition is on, it will automatically be switched on the next time the vehicle is started. Likewise if auto hold has been switched off when the vehicle ignition is on, it will automatically be switched off the next time the vehicle is started.

This system means the driver will never need to manually apply or release the handbrake, which is activated and deactivated automatically and intuitively (provided the driver’s seatbelt is fastened).

EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS

The Golf SV is available in four trim levels: S, SE, SE Navigation and GT. All are well-equipped and offer more value than the previous generation models they replace. Highlights of each trim level are shown below. For full details please refer to the latest price list.

S 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS

S 1.4-litre TSI 125 PS

S 1.6-litre TDI 115 PS

 

All the above models 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’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

? three rear three-point seatbelts and head restraints

? warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts if unfastened

? Isofix child seat preparation (for two rear child seats)

? electronic engine immobiliser

? automatic door locking, speed related, can be switched off

? remote central locking with two folding keys

? 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

? variable boot floor, height adjustable and removable

? multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for improved fuel consumption

? misfuel prevention device (for diesel models)

? Bluetooth connection for compatible telephones

? Composition Media system with 6.5-inch colour touchscreen, DAB radio, Eco mode (with information and tips on how to achieve an especially economical style of driving, for example, advising the driver to shut windows if the air conditioning is on)

? front electric windows

? ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning

? illuminated, cooled and lockable glovebox

? four load lashing points in luggage compartment

? body-coloured bumpers, door handles and electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors with integrated indicators

? battery regeneration and Stop/Start system

? steel space saver spare wheel

? 6J x 15-inch steel wheels with 195/65 R15 tyres

? black roof rails

 

SE 1.4-litre TSI 125 PS

SE 1.6-litre TDI 115 PS

SE 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS

 

Among a number of additional items of equipment SE gains the following over S:

? Driver Alert system

? PreCrash preventive occupant protection

? ADC (Automatic Distance Control) including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City Emergency Braking system and cruise control

? driver profile selection

? 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

? leather-trimmed three spoke multifunction steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip

? rear centre armrest with cupholders

? 12V socket in luggage compartment

? rear electric windows

? alarm with interior protection

? automatic coming and leaving home lighting function, plus dusk sensor and automatic driving lights

? rain sensor and automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror

? 6½J x 16-inch ‘Toronto’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres and anti-theft bolts

 

SE BlueMotion 1.0-litre TSI 115 PS

 

The Golf SV BlueMotion add the following to the features of the S:

? sports suspension (lowered by approx. 15 mm)

? aerodynamically optimised black front air intake and radiator grille with chrome insert

? 6J x 16-inch ‘Toronto’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 low rolling resistance tyres and anti-theft bolts

? tyre repair kit in lieu of spare wheel

? cruise control

? roof rails which are standard on S are deleted from BlueMotion to aid aerodynamics

 

GT 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS

GT 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS

 

In addition to or different to the SE model, GT adds the following:

? front fog lights with static cornering function

? cherry red rear light clusters

? sports suspension (lowered by approx 15 mm)

? rear tinted windows from B-pillar back

? internal and external chrome trim

? front sport seats with height and lumbar adjustment

? Alcantara seat centre section with cloth side bolsters

? multifunction steering wheel with paddle shift (DSG models)

? Discover Navigation system (in addition to features of Composition Media)

? ambient interior lighting

? electrically foldable door mirrors, with puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger’s door mirror

? parking sensors, front and rear

? 7J x 17-inch ‘Dijon’ alloy wheels with 225/45 R17 tyres and anti-theft bolts

? silver anodised roof rails

 

SAFETY

As well as making this latest generation the most technically advanced Golf, designers and developers were also set the task of making this the safest Golf yet – quite a challenge given the accompanying weight reduction targets. As previously mentioned, the Golf SV adopts all these positive developments from its standard hatchback counterpart

 

Earlier sections of this description (Design: weight reduction, and Technology highlights) lay out in detail the measures that were taken to ensure weight reduction did not result in any loss of safety, as well as the full remit of passive and active safety features which are fitted.

 

Airbag system

 

The latest generation Golf SV has seven airbags, including a knee airbag on the driver’s side. The special location of the knee airbag – beneath the knee impact area on the instrument panel – ensures that there is no contact between the airbag door and the lower leg.

 

In the event of a crash the airbag deploys in front of the driver’s knees in less than 20 milliseconds and absorbs – in conjunction with the seatbelt and front airbag – a significant share of the crash energy. The driver is integrated into the vehicle’s deceleration early via the thighs and pelvis, and the steering wheel airbag cushions the driver’s chest and head at the optimal angle in the resulting, gently introduced upper body movement.

 

In general, the knee airbag protects the driver’s legs from a hard collision with the steering column and instrument panel. In an offset impact, the feet are also better protected against lateral ankle twist.

 

Safety-optimised head restraint system

 

Injuries caused by hyperextensions of the spine – or whiplash – are extremely common following car accidents. Volkswagen has developed its safety-optimised head restraint system to counteract whiplash injuries by co-ordinating the movements of the head and upper body as synchronously as possible via the seatbacks and head restraints. This is fitted as standard on the Golf SV.

 

To reduce the risk of injury, excellent protection is afforded by achieving defined deceleration velocity of the upper body via the seatback, co-ordinated deceleration of the head via the head restraint, and balanced motions of head and upper body. Key to this are the special contour of the head restraints and seatbacks as well as the hardness of the foam material used here. The contoured shape of the head restraints is being patented by Volkswagen. The system has demonstrated a level of protective potential that is substantially better than the biomechanical values attained by many active systems.

 

Seatbelt fastening detection for the rear

 

Another highlight in the Golf SV is the seatbelt fastening detection system for rear passengers. This warning system means the driver can tell whether occupants are buckled up in the rear when starting the car and during driving.

 

After switching on the ignition, the driver is informed via the multifunctional display for 30 seconds whether occupants are buckled up in the rear. If a seatbelt is fastened, a relevant symbol is shown (buckled person) for the specific seat location; an unfastened seatbelt is also displayed (empty seat). While driving, if the rear seatbelts are unfastened at a vehicle speed greater than 25 km/h (approx. 15 mph), the seatbelt indicator flashes for 30 seconds (displayed symbol alternates between empty seat and buckled occupant); an acoustic signal is also heard.

 

Euro NCAP test results

 

The Golf SV was tested ahead of launch by the independent European consumer protection organisation Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme), and received a top five-star rating. With its class-leading package of safety features made up of robust vehicle body structure, highly effective combination of seat belts, seats and airbags, plus innovative driver assistance systems the Golf SV is one of the world's safest cars.

 

Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) has for many years been seen as an important benchmark for vehicle safety. The overall safety rating of five stars for the new Golf SV is made up from the results in four sub-sections: occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and safety assistance.

 

In the comprehensive adult occupant protection tests, which in addition to testing frontal impact into an aluminium barrier with a speed of 64 km/h (and 40 per cent overlap) also includes a side impact test (at 50 km/h against the driver's door) and side impact into a pole (at 29 km/h), the Golf SV achieved 87 per cent of the maximum points total. In the important child protection section the Golf SV also did extremely well, achieving over 85 per cent of the available points.

 

Euro NCAP also incorporates into its assessment electronic safety and driver assistance systems that help to prevent accidents or to reduce their severity appreciably: the Golf SV provides a very high degree of safety and is equipped as standard with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), including ABS with Brake Assist, XDS electronic differential lock, Multi Collision Brake, tyre pressure indicator, trailer stabilisation, ISOFIX child seat anchors on the back bench seat and airbags for driver and front-seat passenger with front-seat passenger deactivation, including knee airbag on the driver's side and a head airbag system for front and rear-seat passengers, including side airbags.

 

In addition Volkswagen offers numerous driver assistance systems for the Golf SV which are standard from SE and further improve safety: these include ACC Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking function, a proactive occupant protection system, Lane Assist, High Beam Assist and Dynamic Light Assist full beam control systems.

 

The comprehensive package provided for the Golf SV is rounded off by the Side scan blind spot sensor with rear traffic alert, being offered for the first time in any Golf derivative.

 

Line up with insurance groups

 

Thanks to its impressive security and safety features, the Golf SV secured the following insurance group ratings from the ABI (Association of British Insurers). These ratings are based on the ABI’s 1-50 system. The ‘E’ denotes that the vehicle exceeded the co-called Thatcham (ABI) requirements.

 

S

1.2-litre TSI 85 PS       11E

1.4-litre TSI 125 PS     16E

1.6-litre TDI 115 PS    13E

 

SE

1.4-litre TSI 125 PS      14E

1.6-litre TDI 115 PS      11E

2.0-litre TDI 150 PS      17E

 

SE BlueMotion

1.0-litre TSI 115 PS     13E

 

GT

1.4-litre TSI 150 PS      18E

2.0-litre TDI 150 PS     19E

WARRANTIES

The Golf SV has a three-year (first- and second-year manufacturer-operated, third-year retailer-operated) / 60,000-mile mechanical warranty. In addition, it comes with a 12-year body protection guarantee, three year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance which includes European breakdown cover. The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

 

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JB-06-2017

Volkswagen has packed all the advanced technology of the award-winning Golf hatchback range into a larger, even more practical body. The result is the Golf SV.

Originally marketed as the Golf Plus when it was introduced in June 2005, the Golf SV name was adopted in March 2014 when this all-new model was launched. The SV initials are derived from the model’s name in mainland Europe: the Golf Sports Van.

UK Retailers started taking orders for the car in May 2014, with the first deliveries in July. The Golf SV is the third variant of the seventh-generation Golf, alongside the hatchback and the Estate, and has a look that clearly follows the design of its siblings, with strong elements of Volkswagen’s design ‘DNA’. Based on the MQB platform and measuring 4,338 mm long, the new SV is 134 mm longer than the Golf Plus that it replaces, and 83 mm longer than the Golf. It is 224 mm shorter than the Golf Estate. Its 2,685 mm wheelbase is 48 mm longer than that of the Golf, helping to generate more interior space, while the SV is also 81 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.

Compared with the boot of its predecessor, capacity is increased by 76 litres to 500 litres with the back seats at their rear-most position (versus the Golf’s 380 litres and the Estate’s 605 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. The front passenger seat can also optionally fold fully forward, creating a load space which is up to 2,484 mm long.

Like the Golf, the Golf SV comes with a raft of standard and optional passive and active safety systems. These include a standard 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 (from SE trim) 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 Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, all of which are standard from SE specification and above, and which can reduce or eliminate the chance of accidents occurring. Also available are a Driver Alert System, a camera-operated Lane Assist system and a Dynamic Light Assist system.

A first for the Golf SV is a blind spot monitor, dubbed Side Scan, with an assistant for exiting parking spaces. This monitors the area behind and to the sides of the vehicle, ensuring easier and safer egress when reversing from a parking bay. It will be packaged as an option together with Lane Assist.

Powering the SV is a range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. There is a turbocharged 1.0-litre TSI with 115 PS; a 1.2-litre petrol engines with 85 PS; two 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines with 125 and 150 PS; and two turbodiesels: a 2.0-litre 150 PS and a 1.6-litre 115 PS. When fitted in the Golf SV BlueMotion, this last engine is expected to return fuel economy of 67.3.5 mpg and emit 110 g/km of CO? (68.9 mpg and 106 g/km for DSG version). All engines apart from the 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS can be ordered with a DSG gearbox.

Trim levels for the Golf SV progress from S through SE to GT. A BlueMotion model based on the S specification is also available.

All models include Bluetooth; DAB digital radio, SD card reader and CD player with 6.5-inch colour touchscreen; iPod connector; a front centre armrest; dual rear ISOFIX fittings; seven airbags including one for the driver’s knees; XDS electronic differential; an automatic post-collision braking system; and air conditioning. Roof rails are also standard: black-coloured on the S and SE, and silver on the GT.

Among other items, SE models add ACC adaptive cruise control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking; 16-inch alloy wheels; rear map-reading lights; an additional 12 Volt socket and air vents in the rear of the front centre armrest; drawers under the front seats; folding tables on the rear of the front seat backrests; a leather-trimmed gear lever and three-spoke multifunction steering wheel; automatic lights and wipers; a Driver Alert System; driver profile selection, and the Pre-Crash preventive occupant protection system.

The range-topping GT trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels; sports suspension, which is lowered by 15 mm; 65 per cent tinted rear windows; Discover satellite navigation system; electrically folding door mirrors; front and rear parking sensors; Alcantara and cloth upholstery and ambient interior lighting, among other items.

The Golf SV is built at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg factory in Germany alongside the Golf hatch and Estate. The best year of sales in the UK for the previous model was 2006 when 8,856 Golf Plus models were sold.

Summary

? Third version of Golf Mk VII, alongside hatchback and Estate; replaced Golf Plus

? Trim, specification and engine line-up run from S to SE, SE BlueMotion and then GT

? Despite compact dimensions, SV offers space for five adults plus luggage

? Golf SV styling clearly follows that of its siblings, with strong elements of Volkswagen’s design ‘DNA’

? At 4,338 mm long, SV is 134 mm longer than Golf Plus that it replaces, and 83 mm longer than Golf. It is 224 mm shorter than Golf Estate. Its 2,685 mm wheelbase is 48 mm longer than that of the Golf, helping to generate more interior space, while the SV is also 81 mm wider, at 1,807 mm, and 126 mm higher, at 1,578 mm (excluding roof rails)

? Greater interior space provides for greater flexibility. 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

? Compared with boot of its predecessor, capacity is increased by 76 litres to 500 litres with the back seats at their rear-most position (versus Golf’s 380 litres and Estate’s 605 litres). Moving rear seats forwards increases luggage capacity to 590 litres, while folding rear seats liberates up to 1,520 litres of room. Front passenger seat can also optionally fold fully forward, creating a load space which is up to 2,484 mm long

? Like Golf, Golf SV comes with a raft of standard and optional passive and active safety systems. Automatic post-collision braking system which automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision to reduce kinetic energy significantly and thus minimise the chance of a second impact is standard on all models, while 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 is standard from SE

? Other electronic aids include Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, all of which are standard from SE specification and above, and which can reduce or eliminate the chance of accidents occurring. A Driver Alert system is standard on SE and GT, while a camera-operated Lane Assist system and a Dynamic Light Assist system are optional

? Golf SV includes a blind spot monitor, dubbed Side Scan, with an assistant for exiting parking spaces. This monitors the area behind and to the sides of the vehicle, ensuring easier and safer egress when reversing from a parking bay. It will be packaged as an option together with Lane Assist

? Powering the Golf SV is a range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. All are EU6 compliant. There is a turbocharged 1.0-litre TSI with 115 PS; a 1.2-litre petrol engines with 85 PS; two 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines with 125 and 150 PS; and two turbodiesels: a 2.0-litre 150 PS and a 1.6-litre 115 PS. When fitted in the Golf SV BlueMotion, this last engine returns fuel economy of 60.1 mpg and emits 108 g/km of CO? (60.1 mpg and 109 g/km for DSG version). All engines apart from the 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS can be ordered with a DSG gearbox

? Trim levels for Golf progress from S through SE to GT. A BlueMotion model based on the S specification is also available. All models include Bluetooth; DAB digital radio, SD card reader and CD player with 6.5-inch colour touchscreen; iPod connector; a front centre armrest; dual rear ISOFIX fittings; seven airbags including one for the driver’s knees; XDS electronic differential; an automatic post-collision braking system; and air conditioning. Roof rails are also standard: black on the S and SE, and silver on the GT

? Among other items, SE models add ACC Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City emergency braking; 16-inch alloy wheels; rear map-reading lights; an additional 12 Volt socket and air vents in the rear of the front centre armrest; drawers under the front seats; tables on the rear of the front seat backrests; a leather-trimmed gear lever and three-spoke multifunction steering wheel; automatic lights and wipers; a Driver Alert system; driver profile selection, and the Pre-Crash preventive occupant protection system

? Range-topping GT trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels; sports suspension; 65 per cent tinted rear windows; Discover Navigation system with 8.0-inch colour touchscreen; front and rear parking sensors; Alcantara and cloth upholstery and ambient interior lighting, among other items

? All Golf SVs in the UK (except BlueMotion) will come with a standard space-saver spare tyre

? Best-seller is SE 1.6-litre TDI 115 PS manual. Retail sales are around 65 per cent, diesel sales around 80 per cent and DSG sales around 35 per cent

? Went on sale in May 2014, with first UK deliveries at the end of July 2014

DESIGN

The MQB platform

The Golf was the first Volkswagen model to be based upon the Volkswagen Group’s MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform or Modular Transverse Matrix. The introduction of the MQB strategy represented a turning point in the design and production of future automobiles with transverse-mounted engines as it standardises many vehicle component parameters – across brands and vehicle classes – and at the same time, it offered access to new technologies.

The Golf SV car sits on the now familiar MQB, or Modularer Querbaukasten (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform, which means it benefits from the latest available technology and shares elements of its underpinnings with other successful new models such as the award-winning Passat, popular Touran MPV, latest Tiguan SUV and Tiguan Allspace seven-seat SUV.

One of the prominent characteristics of the Modular Transverse Matrix is the uniform mounting position of all engines. Two systems integrated in the MQB strategy which play a key role here are the modular petrol engine system (MOB) with the new EA211 engine series (60 to 150 PS) – this range includes the world’s first four-cylinder production engine with cylinder deactivation (ACT) – and the modular diesel engine system (MDB) with the new EA288 engine series (90 to 190 PS).

By introducing these new engine series, the number of engine and gearbox variants offered by the Group will be reduced by around 90 per cent, without restricting choice. On the contrary; in addition to standardising conventional internal combustion engines, the MQB also enables an identical mounting position for all current alternative drive concepts without limitations – from natural gas and hybrid versions to pure electric drive.

The MQB opens up new opportunities at the Volkswagen Group, allowing it to produce high-volume and niche models at the highest quality and extremely competitive costs over the long term and worldwide – vehicles that are individually tailored to the requirements of very diverse markets such as Europe, China and America, as well as emerging markets such as India. In parallel, the Volkswagen Group will significantly reduce vehicle weights with the launch of the first MQB model series and will introduce 20 innovations in the areas of safety and infotainment, which until now were reserved for higher vehicle segments, including for example a new Automatic Post-Collision Braking System which, after an initial collision, helps to reduce the intensity of secondary collisions by automatically initiated braking. This system is standard on all new Golf SV models.

Within the Group, the MQB developed under the auspices of the Volkswagen brand is supplemented by the Modular Longitudinal System (MLB) from Audi, the Modular Standard System (MSB) with Porsche as the competence centre and finally the ‘New Small Family’ – the most compact vehicle model series with the Volkswagen up!, SEAT Mii and ŠKODA Citigo.

Exterior

The Golf SV was created as the third bodystyle version of the model series, after the classic Golf hatchback and the Golf Estate, and its technical base is the modular transverse matrix (MQB). Thanks to this design layout, it was possible to extend the body over its 2,685 mm wheelbase, which is 107 mm longer than that of the Golf Plus. Compared to the Golf hatchback and the Golf Estate, the wheelbase has grown by around 50 mm. Like the two other MQB body versions of the Golf, the weight of the Golf SV was reduced by innovative lightweight design and is now up to 90 kg lighter than the Golf Plus.

With a bumper-to-bumper length of 4,338 mm, the Golf SV is 134 mm longer than the Golf Plus, 83 mm longer than the Golf hatchback and 224 mm shorter than the Golf Estate. At 1,807 mm the Golf SV is just 8 mm wider than the Golf hatchback and Golf Estate. The Golf SV and Golf Plus are nearly identical in height without roof rails (1,578 and 1,580 mm, respectively) meaning the new generation continues to give occupants a higher seating position and more vertical cargo space; the Golf hatchback is 126 mm lower, and the Golf Estate (without roof rails) is 117 mm lower in height. 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 in general sportier than the Golf Plus. 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 bi-xenon headlights are ordered – 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.

Interior

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 or Golf Estate 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 (in versions without the optional Dynaudio sound system) 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). From SE, the Golf SV 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. What is known as the H-point (hip point) of the front seats lies 7 mm lower than in the previous model (Golf Plus), but its height is 59 to 85 mm above the H-point of the Golf and Golf Estate, 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 (previous model: 160 mm). 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.

Compared to the previous Golf Plus model, cargo capacity was increased by 76 litres to 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 (gain of 85 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 – a gain of 70 litres.

The maximum interior length is a class-leading 1,795 mm; the previous model had an interior length that was 35 mm shorter. If the backrest of the front passenger seat is also folded down (optional feature in all equipment versions), this frees up a 2,542 mm long, nearly level cargo surface. Loading is also easy: the load sill was lowered by 13 mm to 652 mm, which makes lifting and loading back-friendly.

TECHNOLOGY HIGHLIGHTS

Infotainment systems

Like its sibling, the seventh-generation Golf, the Golf SV was equipped at launch with new radio and radio/navigation systems with completely new designs. All systems have a colour touchscreen as standard, which measures 6.5 inches; an optional eight-inch version is available via the Discover Navigation Pro system in SE, SE BlueMotion and GT trims.

All displays have proximity sensors so as soon as the driver or front passenger moves a finger near to the touchscreen, 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.

In designing the latest generation of devices, Volkswagen’s primary goal was to integrate the most advanced infotainment applications into the Golf SV, which should be consistently easy to use – despite all of the complexity of today’s systems – i.e. they should be totally intuitive and therefore safe to use while driving.

‘Composition Media’ system (standard on S and SE)

With this sophisticated system, there are four buttons to the left and four to the right of the touchscreen. It works in conjunction with the following features:

? 6.5-inch colour touchscreen

? DAB digital radio

? Bluetooth telephone connection for compatible units

? glovebox mounted single CD player

? MDI (Multi Device Interface); SD card reader; AUX-in socket

? music playback from MP3, WMA and AAC files

? title and cover art display (with compatible devices)

? eight speakers, front and rear

? 4 x 20 watt output

? car menu

? Eco function (with tips for economical driving)

‘Discover Navigation’ system (standard on GT)

In addition to the standard features on the Composition Media package, GT models benefit from the Discover Navigation system which adds the following:

? 6.5-inch colour touchscreen

? preloaded European navigation data

? 2D / 3D map view

? choice of route options

? dynamic navigation based on TMC+ data

? branded points of interest

? traffic sign display with speed limits and no-overtaking zones

? Car-Net ‘Guide & Inform’ with online access to traffic info, fuel pricing, parking space availability, weather and news feeds

Optional upgrades to infotainment system

Customers of SE models can choose to upgrade to the Discover Navigation system, while those with an SE, SE BlueMotion or GT can specify the range-topping Discover Navigation Pro package. In this case the Golf SV is equipped with an eight-inch colour touchscreen and has the following:

? voice activated control system for navigation, CD and radio functions

? 64 GB solid state hard drive

? preloaded European navigation data; 3D map view

? choice of route options, and dynamic navigation based on TMC+ data

? branded points of interest

? traffic sign display with speed limits and no-overtaking zones

? additional SD card reader and photo display

Advanced telephone connection (optional on SE and GT)

This not only adds a USB socket in the central under-armrest storage box for mobile phone charging, but also an inductive link to the vehicle’s external aerial, making for better phone reception and reducing the drain on the phone’s battery.

Dynaudio soundpack (optional on SE and GT)

This tailored sound system includes a 10-channel digital amplifier, 400-Watt output and nine speakers. A boot-mounted subwoofer sits in the spare wheel well and an additional speaker sits in the upper dashboard.

Technical highlights and features

In addition to the introduction of the MQB platform, the reductions in weight and consequent cuts in fuel consumption, the seventh-generation Golf was also significant thanks to its enhanced value proposition. While this is true in the recommended retail price, it is also worth noting how much technology was added to the car from launch. Features which were previously the reserve of cars in the premium and luxury segment are now standard on many Golfs, adding significantly to the car’s overall safety and comfort credentials (see also Infotainment section). Spec for spec, the Golf SV mirrors the Golf hatch and adopts many of its safety, comfort and convenience features.

ABS, ESC and XDS (standard on all)

Like the Golf, the Golf SV has standard ABS and ESC plus seven airbags, plus XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling. Technically speaking, XDS is a functional extension of the electronic limited-slip differential (EDL) which is a part of the standard ESC system.

Its benefits are experienced when driving quickly through a bend. ESC sensors provide information on lateral G forces, while ABS sensors monitor levels of friction. Using this information a control unit can predict when an inside wheel is about to lift and apply a braking force automatically to increase traction on the opposite front wheel. XDS differs from EDL however as it brakes the inner wheel before it loses traction rather than afterwards. The result is smoother, more sure-footed and safer progress with better traction through fast corners when on the limit of adhesion.

XDS also compensates for the understeer which is typical of front-wheel drive cars, meaning the Golf SV’s driving characteristics are significantly more precise and neutral, leading to greater driving enjoyment.

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (standard on all)

An innovative new feature is the Golf SV’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which has already 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 kmh/6 mph is reached, so this residual vehicle speed can be used to steer to a safe location after the braking process.

Misfuel prevention device (standard on all diesel models)

On vehicles with a diesel engine, there is an insert with a mechanically locking flap on the filler neck for the fuel tank. The flap prevents a fuel nozzle from being inserted which is not suitable for diesel fuel (in other words a petrol fuel nozzle) thus protecting the vehicle from being filled with the wrong type of fuel.

Driver Alert system (standard on SE and GT, optional on S)

It is estimated that a quarter of motorway 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.

PreCrash preventive occupant protection (standard on SE and GT, optional on S)

The Golf SV’s preventive occupant protection system is just one example of a technology that has been transferred from the premium to the compact class, having been implemented first in the Touareg.

If the system detects a potential accident situation – such as by the initiation of hard braking via an activated brake assistant – the seatbelts of the driver and front passenger are automatically pre-tensioned to ensure the best possible protection by the airbag and belt system. When a critical and ‘unstable’ driving situation is detected, for example through severe oversteer or understeer with ESC intervention, the side windows are closed (except for a small gap) and so is the sunroof. This is because the head and side airbags offer optimal support and thereby achieve their best possible effectiveness when the windows and sunroof are almost fully closed.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist (standard on SE and GT)

Like the PreCrash system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) has until now been the preserve of cars in higher segments. Now standard from SE upwards, the system uses a radar sensor integrated into the front of the car to detect distance from the car in front, maintain a preselected speed and automatically brake or accelerate in traffic.

ACC operates over a speed range from 30 to 160 km/h (approx. 18 to 99 mph) with a manual gearbox and with DSG. In vehicles with DSG, ACC intervenes to such an extent that the car may be slowed to a standstill, depending on the situation. It may also automatically pull away in stop-and-go traffic. ACC maintains a preselected speed and a defined distance to the vehicle ahead, and it automatically brakes or accelerates in flowing traffic. The system dynamics can by individually varied by selecting one of the driving programmes from the driver profile selector.

Front Assist (standard on SE and GT)

Front Assist works like ACC with the radar sensor integrated into the front of the car, which continually monitors the distance to the traffic ahead. Even with ACC switched off, Front Assist helps the driver in critical situations by preconditioning the brake system and alerting the driver to any required reactions by means of visual and audible warnings. If the driver fails to brake hard enough, the system automatically generates sufficient braking force to help avoid a collision. Should the driver, meanwhile, not react at all, Front Assist automatically slows the car so that under optimal conditions the speed of any impact is minimised. The system also assists the driver by an alert if the car is getting too close to the vehicle in front. The City Emergency Braking function is also part of Front Assist.

City Emergency Braking (standard on SE and GT)

The City Emergency Braking function, first seen on the up! model and now standard on Golf SV from SE upwards is a system extension of Front Assist and scans the area in front of the car via radar sensor. It operates at speeds below 30 km/h (approx. 18 mph). If the car is in danger of colliding with a vehicle driving or parked up ahead and the driver does not react, the brake system is preconditioned in the same way as with Front Assist. If the driver fails to intervene, City Emergency Braking then automatically initiates hard braking to reduce the severity of the impact. In addition, if the driver is initiating braking, but fails to press the brake pedal sufficiently, the system will assist with maximum braking power.

Lane Assist (optional on SE and GT)

The Golf SV’s camera-based lane-keeping assistant with steering intervention detects lane markings and helps the driver to avoid critical lane changes or inadvertently leaving the lane. The camera sensor is activated from 40 mph and permanently scans lane markings to the right and left of the vehicle (both solid and dotted lines). If the car approaches a lane marking, Lane Assist warns the driver visually on the dashboard and via gentle steering vibration.

The system differentiates between intentional and unintended lane changes, for example, if the driver has activated the indicators; the driver can also override Lane Assist through a strong steering intervention, so essentially it detects gradual and unintended drifting.

High Beam Assist (optional on SE and GT)

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, approx. 37 mph).

Driver profile selection (standard on SE and GT)

A driver profile selection is available on the Golf SV, offering customers up to five different programmes to allow them to match their car settings to their desired driving style. The standard available programmes are: Eco, Sport, Normal and Individual.

Each of these modes alters the throttle mapping and engine management (among other parameters) to the chosen style, so in Eco mode, for example, the engine management, air conditioning and ancillary systems are controlled to achieve maximum fuel efficiency.

Vehicles with a DSG gearbox have an additional coasting function in Eco mode which disengages the gear to allow the engine to idle, thereby ensuring optimal utilisation of the car’s kinetic energy and better fuel economy. A fifth profile – Comfort – is also offered on cars which have optional Dynamic Chassis Control (see Running Gear section for details).

Park Assist (optional on all models)

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 (approx. 25 mph) 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.

Panoramic tilt/slide sunroof (optional on SE and GT)

A transparent panoramic sunroof is available, which 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 per cent of heat radiation and 90 per cent of light.

Keyless entry and start (optional on SE and GT)

The Golf SV is available with the option of a Keyless entry and start system. When one of the door handles is touched, a signal is transmitted from an aerial integrated in the handle. The system then searches for a valid ID transmitter, from which it detects access authorisation. The antenna relays the code sent by the transmitter to the relevant control unit in the Golf SV. If the code is recognised, the system then unlocks the doors, deactivates the immobiliser (and the anti-theft alarm system where fitted), and allows the vehicle to be started at the push of a button. Other antennae check whether the ID transmitter is in the car. For example, to protect children, the Golf SV cannot be started if the ID transmitter is too far away from the vehicle. It is not possible, for example, to put the transmitter on the roof, get in the car and drive off.

If no door is opened within 30 seconds, the doors lock again as with a conventional system operated by remote control. From inside the vehicle, it is unlocked by pressing a button in the door handle. The Golf SV can also be unlocked and locked by remote control.

ENGINES

Powering the Golf SV is a new range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. The petrol engines are a 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS, a 1.0-litre TSI with 115 PS, a 1.4-litre TSI with 125 PS and a 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS unit. The diesel engines are a 1.6-litre unit with 115 PS and a 2.0-litre unit with 150 PS. All Golf SV engines are compliant with the Euro 6 emissions legislation.

Petrol engines

The majority of petrol units are from the EA211 series, the family of engines that was designed for the MQB platform. All the EA211 series engines in the Golf SV are class-leading in terms of their energy efficiency, lightweight design and high torque performance. Fuel consumption and CO? emissions values were reduced by eight to ten per cent compared to previous engines, in part due to reduced internal friction, lower weight and optimised thermal management.

The EA211 engines are also characterised by a new mounting position. Whereas the EA111 series was mounted with a forward tilt and the ‘hot’ exhaust side at the front, with the EA211, the cylinder head has been rotated and the engines are now tilted towards the firewall (bulkhead between engine compartment and passenger compartment), like the diesel engines. With the diesel (EA288) and petrol engines now sharing an identical inclination angle of 12 degrees, Volkswagen can now standardise the exhaust, driveshafts and gearbox mounting position.

The EA211 is a complete redesign; only the cylinder spacing of 82 mm was adopted from Volkswagen’s successful EA111 engine series. The new unit is also particularly compact and this is reflected in its mounting length, which has been shortened by 50 mm; as a result the front axle could be shifted forward, resulting in more interior passenger space.

Thanks to an ultra-rigid crankcase made of die-cast aluminium, these petrol engines are especially lightweight at 97 kg (1.2 TSI) and 104 kg (1.4 TSI); on the 1.4-litre TSI, the weight advantage compared to the grey cast iron counterpart from the EA111 series is as much as 22 kg. This approach to lightweight design extends to the smallest of details: engine developers reduced the main bearing diameter of the crankshaft on the 1.4-litre TSI from 54 to 48 mm; the crankshaft itself was lightened by 20 per cent, while the weight of the connecting rods was reduced by an impressive 30 per cent. The gudgeon pins are bored hollow, and the aluminium pistons (now with flat piston crowns) have also been weight optimised.

By fully integrating the exhaust manifold in the cylinder head, the engine heats up quickly from a cold start, while simultaneously supplying ample heat to the car’s climate control system to warm up the interior. At high loads, on the other hand, the exhaust gas is more effectively cooled by the coolant, which reduces fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent.

To optimise thermal management, Volkswagen engineers designed the EA211 with a dual-loop cooling system. The base engine is cooled by a high-temperature loop with a mechanically driven coolant pump, while a low-temperature loop, powered by an electric pump, circulates coolant to the intercooler and turbocharger housing as needed. Passenger compartment heating comes from the cylinder head circulation loop, so that, like the engine, it warms up quickly.

Due to innovative engineering of the exhaust manifold, Volkswagen was able to use a very narrow single-scroll compressor in the turbocharger, resulting in weight reduction for the cylinder head turbocharger component group. On the EA211, the intercooler is integrated in the induction pipe which is made of injection-moulded plastic, leading to significantly accelerated pressure build-up and hence dynamic performance in downsized engines.

Volkswagen significantly reduced internal friction in a number of ways. The overhead camshafts (DOHC) are not chain driven, but employ a single stage, low-friction toothed belt design, a 20 mm wide belt and load-reducing profiled belt wheels. Thanks to its high-end material specification, this toothed belt’s service life spans the life of the vehicle. Actuation of the valve gear is through roller cam followers, and an anti-friction bearing for the highly loaded first camshaft bearing, also lead to reduced friction resistances.

To ensure that the engine takes up as little mounting space as possible, ancillary components such as the water pump, air conditioning compressor and alternator are screwed directly to the engine and the oil sump without additional brackets, and they are driven by a single-track toothed belt with a fixed tension roller.

To reduce emissions and fuel consumption further, and to improve torque in the lower rev range, the intake camshaft on all EA211 engines can be varied over a range of 50 degrees crankshaft angle.

The maximum fuel injection pressure on the EA211 engines was increased to 200 bar. State-of-the-art five-hole injection nozzles deliver up to three individual injections to each of the cylinders very precisely via a stainless steel distributor bar. In designing the combustion chamber, Volkswagen also paid particular attention to achieving minimal wetting of the combustion chamber walls with fuel and optimised flame propagation.

1.2-litre TSI, 1197 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 85 PS

The entry-level engine in the Golf SV is a turbocharged, direct injection TSI engine producing 85 PS from 4,300 to 5,300 rpm, with torque of 160 Nm (118 lbs ft) from 1,400 to 3,500 rpm.

This Golf SV, with a standard five-speed manual gearbox, has a zero to 62 mph time of 13.2 seconds and a top speed of 110 mph. Combined economy is 56.5 mpg with CO? emissions of 116 g/km.

1.2-litre TSI, 1197 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 115 PS

Moving up the range this 1.2-litre turbocharged Golf produces 115 PS from 4,600 to 5,600 rpm and 175 Nm (129 lbs ft) of torque between 1,400 and 4,000 rpm. It is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox exclusively in the SE BlueMotion trim. As such it has the lowest CO? values of Golf SV range.

Standstill to 62 mph takes 10.7 seconds with a top speed of 119 mph. Yet performance does not come at the expense of economy: combined fuel consumption is 60.1 mpg whether with manual or a DSG gearbox, with carbon dioxide emissions of 108 g/km (109 DSG).

1.4-litre TSI, 1395 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 125 PS

For those looking for additional power but still combined with impressive economy the Golf SV is also available with a turbocharged 1.4-litre TSI with 125 PS from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 200 Nm (148 lbs ft) from 1,400 rpm to 4,000 rpm. This engine, which is offered with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox, enables a top speed of 124 mph and 0 to 62 mph in 9.9 seconds. Economy is still high on the agenda with a combined consumption of 51.4 mpg (54.3 DSG) and CO? output of 127 g/km (120 DSG).

1.4-litre TSI, 1395 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 150 PS

This 1.4-litre TSI engine produces 150 PS from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 250 Nm (184 lbs ft) of torque from just 1,500 to 3,500 rpm. Also available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox, this engine gives the Golf SV 0 to 62 mph time of 8.8 seconds and a top speed of 132 mph. Combined consumption is 51.4 mpg (52.3 DSG) with carbon dioxide emissions of 129 g/km (125 DSG).

Diesel engines

Volkswagen introduced a new series of diesel engines – called EA288 – for the Golf Mk 7 alongside the new petrol line-up and these are carried over to the Golf SV range. Within this series, Volkswagen is took its TDI technology, which was been developed over the years, to a new level of sustainability, with reductions in consumption across the range.

As with the petrol engines (EA211), the only dimension of the Golf series’ four-cylinder diesels that has been carried over from the previous generation is the cylinder spacing. Many components were designed to be modular within the new modular diesel component system (MDB). These include emissions-relevant components such as the fuel injection system, turbocharger and intercooler within the induction manifold module. In addition, a sophisticated exhaust gas recirculation system is used (with a cooled low-pressure AGR), while the layout of emissions control components sees them located closer to the engine. To fulfil various emissions standards worldwide, an oxidation catalytic converter, diesel particulate filter and NOx storage catalytic converter are all implemented in the Golf.

Various other design modifications optimise fuel economy and comfort significantly as well. Volkswagen has tuned all sub-assemblies of the TDI engine for minimal internal friction. These elements include piston rings with less pre-tension and the use of low-friction bearings for the camshaft (drive-side) and − in the 2.0-litre TDI − for the two balancer shafts. In the oil circulation loop, energy usage was optimised by an oil pump with volumetric flow control.

During the TDI’s warm-up phase, an innovative thermal management system utilises separate cooling circulation loops for the cylinder head and the cylinder block as well as a deactivatable water pump, meaning operating temperatures are reached considerably faster. One additional benefit of this is that the interior of the Golf SV also gets warmer more quickly in the winter. Another independently controlled cooling loop enables on-demand control of inlet air temperature with additional emissions control benefits.

The diesels not only have very low emissions, high fuel-efficiency and torque, but they also run very smoothly for optimum refinement. This is achieved in a number of ways, for example, the 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS employs two low-friction bearings in its balancer shafts to eliminate free out of balance forces that are a characteristic of any piston engine systems.

1.6-litre TDI, 1598 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 115 PS

The 1.6-litre common rail TDI is also available with a more powerful output of 115 PS between 3,200 and 4,000 rpm, and 250 Nm (184 lbs ft) of torque from 1,500 to 3,000. Available with a choice of five-speed manual or, optional seven-speed DSG gearbox, it gives this Golf SV a 0 to 62 mph time of 11.3 seconds and a top speed of 119 mph. Frugality comes as standard: on the combined cycle it returns 67.3 mpg (68.9 DSG) while emitting 110 g/km of CO? (106 DSG).

2.0-litre TDI, 1968, 16-valve 4-cyl, 150 PS

This range-topping 2.0-litre engine produces 150 PS (10 PS more than the equivalent engine in the previous generation) from 3,500 to 4,000, and 340 Nm (251 lbs ft) of torque from just 1,750 up to 3,000 rpm. Customers choosing this engine can opt for a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox. Performance is impressive but does not come at the expense of economy. The Golf’s 2.0-litre TDI completes the 0 to 62 mph sprint in 9.2 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 132 mph (130 DSG). Combined economy is 65.7 mpg (61.4 DSG) with a carbon dioxide output of 113 g/km (119 DSG). When ordered in the Golf SV GT trim, the CO? figure is 115 g/km (122 DSG) and the combined economy is 64.2 mpg (60.1 DGS)

Start/Stop Technology

For the past few years, Volkswagen has been producing and developing a range of vehicles that strikes a balance between the highly focused BlueMotion vehicles and the conventional products on which they are based. The Golf SV in SE Bluemotion trim has a highly efficient engine that combines efficiency with comfort and equipment to create a vehicle that delivers greater economy and produces fewer emissions yet is practical as well as conventional to drive, service and maintain.

All new Golf SV models are equipped with modifications that save energy, such as a multifunction computer which includes visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption, as well as Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems.

The Golf SV’s automatic Stop/Start system is operated through the clutch pedal. When coming to a halt at traffic lights, for example, the driver depresses the clutch and selects neutral. When the clutch is released, the engine shuts down and a ‘Start / Stop’ symbol illuminates on the multifunction display. In order to move away, the driver simply depresses the clutch once again to select first gear and the engine restarts automatically. The system can be deactivated through a switch, if necessary. With the DSG gearbox, the Stop/Start system is activated through the brake pedal.

A battery regeneration system helps to utilise energy that would otherwise be lost during braking. In deceleration and braking phases, the alternator’s voltage is boosted and used for rapid recharging of the car’s battery. Thanks to alternator control, it is possible to lower alternator voltage, for example during deceleration or driving at a constant speed. It is even possible to switch off the alternator entirely which reduces engine load and improves fuel consumption.

Eco mode: driver profile selection

SE and GT Golf SV models have a standard driver profile selection facility (see Technology highlights section for details) which allows the drive to choose an operating mode which suits their style and journey. One of the available modes is ‘Eco’, whereby the engine management, air conditioning and ancillary systems are controlled to achieve maximum fuel efficiency. Vehicles with a DSG gearbox have an additional coasting function in Eco mode which disengages the gear to allow the engine to idle, thereby ensuring better utilisation of the car’s kinetic energy and better fuel economy.

Gearboxes

As detailed above, most of the Golf SV’s engines can be paired with a dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). This is either a six- or seven-speed DSG, depending on maximum engine torque, and both are designed to offer the best combination of fuel-efficiency and shifting dynamics. In addition to the number of gears, the six- and seven- speed ’boxes differ in their clutch types. While two dry clutches are used in the seven-speed DSG, the six-speed DSG has a dual clutch that runs in an oil bath.

Launched in 2005, Volkswagen’s Direct Shift Gearbox combines the comfort of an automatic gearbox with the responsiveness and economy of a manual unit. The six-speed, DSG unit has two wet clutches with hydraulic pressure regulation. One clutch controls the ‘odd’ gears plus reverse, while the other operates the ‘even’ gears. Theoretically, it is two gearboxes in one.

With this clutch management system, the interruptions in power that are typical of even an automatic-shift manual gearbox no longer occur. This is achieved by an intelligent hydraulic and electronic (mechatronic) gearbox control system, the two wet-type clutches and the two input and output shafts in each half of the gearbox.

This combination enables the next-higher gear ratio to remain engaged but on standby until it is actually selected. In other words, if the car is being driven in third gear, fourth is selected but not yet activated. As soon as the ideal shift point is reached, the clutch on the third-gear side opens, the other clutch closes and fourth gear engages under accurate electronic supervision. Since the opening and closing actions of the two clutches overlap, a smooth gearshift results and the entire shift process is completed in less than four-hundredths of a second. In addition to its fully automatic shift mode, DSG has a Tiptronic function to permit manual gear selection.

Seven-speed DSG

This gearbox uses a pair of dry clutches to improve fuel efficiency and performance. The pair of dry, organic bonded friction linings do not require cooling, making the drivetrain more efficient through the extra gear ratio and the fact that less power is required for the gear selection and clutch servo system. Measuring only 369 mm in length and weighing only 79 kg including the dual-mass flywheel, the gearbox is remarkably compact.

In adopting seven-speeds, Volkswagen engineers were able to lower first gear to improve acceleration from a standstill. By contrast seventh gear has been raised to act as an overdrive function making it ideal for motorway driving with the additional effect of further improving economy and refinement levels.

The volume of oil contained within the gearbox has also been reduced by 75 per cent. The lubrication circuits are divided into two to maintain the purity of the oil. As with a conventional manual gearbox, one of the circuits is used for cooling and lubrication of the gear teeth, the second feeds oil to the gear actuators. Since the clutch does not require cooling the quantity of oil has been reduced from seven litres in the six-speed DSG gearbox to only 1.7 litres in the new seven-speed system.

Servicing

Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their Golf SV. They can choose Fixed Service or Flexible Service and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its general use.

The Fixed Service regime is recommended for vehicles that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in the following way:

? Predominantly urban driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts

? Activities regularly producing high engine loading, for example frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing

? Driving with high rpm, hard acceleration and heavy braking

In this case, the vehicle will be serviced at regular intervals, at every 10,000 miles or every 12 months.

Flexible Service is recommended for vehicles with a daily mileage of more than 25 miles, where the vehicle is driven regularly and on mainly longer distance journeys. The vehicle should be mainly driven at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner. In this case, the on-board computer informs the driver via a dashboard display, when the vehicle needs a service. A range of engine sensors electronically monitors the vehicle’s oil temperature, oil pressure, oil level and brake pad wear to establish when a service is needed.

With the Flexible regime, the vehicle can cover typically between 10,000 and 18,000 miles (approx.) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes. An inspection service is typically due in the third year of ownership or at 40,000 miles and thereafter every second year for vehicles with an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles.

Customers can choose between Fixed and Flexible at PDI (pre-delivery inspection) and though it is possible to change from one to another during the vehicle’s life, it can only be done when a full inspection service is due.

RUNNING GEAR

In developing the running gear for the seventh generation Golf family, engineers set out to exploit the advantages of the new Modular Transverse Matrix (or MQB platform – see separate section for full details), and certain specific proven components were further advanced to perfect the car’s ride and comfort properties. At the same time, weight reduction was defined as a clear priority, in order to maximise the reductions in fuel consumption and enhance ride comfort.

In order to allow the greatest possible weight reduction, a new modular lightweight rear suspension system was developed for Golf models with under 125 PS, which weighs just 38 kg. For the more powerful versions, the further developed modular performance suspension was used, weighing 49 kg. These chassis modules are carried across directly from the Golf hatchback to the Golf SV.

Front axle

At the front the Golf SV uses a strut-type suspension system (spring struts) with lower wishbones that were newly developed for optimal handling and steering properties. All components were developed for functionality as well as reduced weight and costs. The result, despite not using aluminium components, was a weight saving of 1.6 kg, made possible, for example, by the use of high-strength steel in the transverse links and an innovative ‘bionic’ (ie. designed based on features from the natural world) design approach to the pivot bearings. A centrally positioned front subframe − designed for maximum rigidity − handles loads from the engine mountings and steering as well as front suspension loads.

The now universally employed tubular anti-roll bar has a stiffness that has been adapted to the requirements of different running gear layouts. Its rubber bearings are vulcanised directly into the painted anti-roll tube to ensure the best acoustic properties. For use with 16- and 17-inch wheel brakes, a new aluminium pivot bearing was also developed. The use of aluminium and the ‘bionic’ design of this pivot bearing resulted in weight reduction of 2.8 kg.

Modular lightweight rear suspension

The new modular lightweight rear suspension system consists of a transverse torsion beam that is open at the bottom, into which an insert plate is welded at the outer ends. Different torsional stiffness rates for different versions are attained by different lengths of the insert plates. This yields a considerable weight saving compared to a welded tubular anti-roll bar. The use of a transverse profile that is open at the bottom also enables optimal roll/steer behaviour and high transverse rigidity. By using high-strength steels and innovative design methods, Volkswagen succeeded in significantly increasing rigidity compared with previous suspensions systems of this construction type. Despite this, its weight was reduced.

Modular performance rear suspension

The multi-link rear suspension of the seventh generation Golf was further developed to give clear improvements in kinematics, acoustics, weight and modularity. However, nothing has changed with regard to its fundamental approach of consistently separating longitudinal and transverse rigidities. The low longitudinal rigidity has been preserved by the soft axle control of the trailing link; this was a necessary precondition for further improving ride comfort.

Furthermore, compared with the previous generation, Volkswagen successfully improved the transverse rigidity of the modular performance suspension, which is important for steering behaviour, by a new tie rod bearing tuning. Tracking and camber values are individually tuned by screws on the spring link and at the upper transverse link according to requirement for each vehicle type. Key design changes to the rear suspension are the connections of the tubular antiroll bar and the suspension damper, which are now made at the spring link. This reduces forces within the suspension, while in addition the suspension was made 4.0 kg or eight per cent (depending on model) lighter thanks to structural optimisations of many components and the use of high-strength steels.

Electro-mechanical power steering

The Golf SV uses the latest generation electro-mechanical power steering system which is able to vary the feel at the steering wheel to suit the speed and driving situation: firm and direct when driving hard, effortless at parking speeds.

Other advantages of the system include its mild self-centring action, its ability to compensate for different driving hazards, such as crosswinds and steep road cambers, and a beneficial effect on fuel economy.

Braking system

The Golf SV features a sophisticated braking system, with ABS and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) as standard across the range. Ventilated discs are fitted at the front, with solid discs on the rear axle.

Electronic Stability Control – ESC incorporating XDS

The latest-generation ESC system developed for the current Golf and carried to the SV has a range of features designed to have a direct and positive effect on active safety. All models are also fitted with XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling (see Technical highlights section for details on XDS).

Essentially, ESC is a sophisticated system that automatically senses any tendency for the car to slide. Should this situation occur, ESC reacts by applying the brakes to one, two, three or all four wheels and adjusts the engine’s power. In this way, it is possible that a skid is corrected even before the driver is aware that one has started.

This can be useful if a tendency to understeer or oversteer develops in a bend. In such circumstances ESC can help prevent the car skidding or spinning off the road and is particularly helpful in wet or icy conditions.

The latest generation of ESC fitted to the Golf and SV has a finer response, counter-steering recommendation and offers trailer stabilisation. This function can be activated by a Volkswagen Retailer when a Volkswagen-approved towbar is fitted. This system extends the capability of the normal ESC purely through a software extension. It does not require additional sensors.

When the onset of yawing of a trailer is detected by the ESC control module the system automatically reduces or cuts engine power and applies the brakes to appropriate wheels dynamically in phase with the yawing to oppose the snaking motion and stabilise the vehicle/trailer combination. When stability is achieved the brakes and engine power return to normal control. During the automatic braking process the brake lights are turned on even though the driver may not be touching the brake pedal.

Hydraulic Brake Assist

Working in conjunction with the other elements of the braking system, the latest form of HBA recognises from the speed at which the brake pedal is depressed whether it is a ‘normal’ braking situation or an emergency stop. In the event of an emergency stop, HBA automatically increases braking pressure, activating ABS and ensuring the level of braking meets the needs of the conditions. The application of brake assist makes it possible even for unskilled drivers to reduce braking distances by around 25 per cent.

Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) (optional on SE and GT, not on 115 or 125 PS models)

Engineers have in the past been constrained to design a suspension system which is biased either towards comfort or sportiness, always resulting in some form of compromise. The ideal, it was decided, would be to produce ride and handling characteristics that could continually adapt to road conditions and the particular wishes of the driver or passengers. Enter DCC.

With this system, the suspension’s damping characteristics can be controlled at the touch of a button, via the driver profile selection system.

DCC functions via a set of four electrically adjustable dampers operated through pneumatic valves. Each damper is fitted with characteristic map control, a gateway control module that serves as an interface with the CAN data networks in the Golf SV – these comprise three sensors for measuring wheel displacement, three sensors for measuring movements of the body structure and a control module for the damping.

These sensors constantly (up to 1,000 times per second) measure the vehicle’s behaviour – be it under braking, acceleration or cornering – and react almost instantaneously to ensure the optimum mix of chassis agility and comfort at all times. The vehicle defaults to ‘Normal’ mode in which the system strikes a balance for general use. Should the driver select ‘Sport’ mode the damping is hardened. This is intended for either twisty roads or track driving. In ‘Comfort’ the damping is softened to provide a smooth and controlled ride best suited to motorway driving. 

As well as altering the damping characteristics, when ‘Sport’ mode is selected on the Golf SV’s driver profile selection system, the throttle responses are sharpened, and the steering assistance also reduced. In ‘Comfort’ mode, the steering assistance is increased. Using the ‘Individual’ mode, the damping, steering and throttle responses can all be controlled individually. It is therefore possible, for example, to have the steering set to ‘Normal’, the throttle to ‘Sport’, and the damping to ‘Comfort’.

For the latest-generation Golf and hence for the SV, the latest generation of DCC has been employed. Cars fitted with DCC have a 10 mm lower ride height, as well as their own specific spring, damper and anti-roll bar settings. For the current generation certain parameters were also modified: designs of the wheel displacement sensors were adapted and weight optimised; the body accelerometers were converted from three analogue lines to two digital lines; and the DCC control unit was redesigned in its hardware configuration, components and layout. Processors operating at 180 MHz assures control with one-millisecond cycles.

Electronic parking brake with auto hold function

All current Golf models – and of course this extends to the Estate and SV – have an electronic parking brake which is operated via a switch between the front seats, as opposed to the ‘pull up’ handle from the previous generation. This also incorporates a standard auto hold function. This is activated via a button near the gear lever and is useful when the car is regularly stopping for short periods, for example when driving in heavy traffic. In this case, the parking brake is applied automatically whenever the vehicle is brought to rest on the footbrake, preventing it from rolling forwards or backwards. The brake is then released as soon as the accelerator is pressed.

If auto hold has been switched on when the vehicle ignition is on, it will automatically be switched on the next time the vehicle is started. Likewise if auto hold has been switched off when the vehicle ignition is on, it will automatically be switched off the next time the vehicle is started.

This system means the driver will never need to manually apply or release the handbrake, which is activated and deactivated automatically and intuitively (provided the driver’s seatbelt is fastened).

EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS

The Golf SV is available in four trim levels: S, SE, SE Navigation and GT. All are well-equipped and offer more value than the previous generation models they replace. Highlights of each trim level are shown below. For full details please refer to the latest price list.

S 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS

S 1.4-litre TSI 125 PS

S 1.6-litre TDI 115 PS

 

All the above models 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’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

? three rear three-point seatbelts and head restraints

? warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts if unfastened

? Isofix child seat preparation (for two rear child seats)

? electronic engine immobiliser

? automatic door locking, speed related, can be switched off

? remote central locking with two folding keys

? 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

? variable boot floor, height adjustable and removable

? multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for improved fuel consumption

? misfuel prevention device (for diesel models)

? Bluetooth connection for compatible telephones

? Composition Media system with 6.5-inch colour touchscreen, DAB radio, Eco mode (with information and tips on how to achieve an especially economical style of driving, for example, advising the driver to shut windows if the air conditioning is on)

? front electric windows

? ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning

? illuminated, cooled and lockable glovebox

? four load lashing points in luggage compartment

? body-coloured bumpers, door handles and electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors with integrated indicators

? battery regeneration and Stop/Start system

? steel space saver spare wheel

? 6J x 15-inch steel wheels with 195/65 R15 tyres

? black roof rails

 

SE 1.4-litre TSI 125 PS

SE 1.6-litre TDI 115 PS

SE 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS

 

Among a number of additional items of equipment SE gains the following over S:

? Driver Alert system

? PreCrash preventive occupant protection

? ADC (Automatic Distance Control) including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City Emergency Braking system and cruise control

? driver profile selection

? 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

? leather-trimmed three spoke multifunction steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip

? rear centre armrest with cupholders

? 12V socket in luggage compartment

? rear electric windows

? alarm with interior protection

? automatic coming and leaving home lighting function, plus dusk sensor and automatic driving lights

? rain sensor and automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror

? 6½J x 16-inch ‘Toronto’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres and anti-theft bolts

 

SE BlueMotion 1.0-litre TSI 115 PS

 

The Golf SV BlueMotion add the following to the features of the S:

? sports suspension (lowered by approx. 15 mm)

? aerodynamically optimised black front air intake and radiator grille with chrome insert

? 6J x 16-inch ‘Toronto’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 low rolling resistance tyres and anti-theft bolts

? tyre repair kit in lieu of spare wheel

? cruise control

? roof rails which are standard on S are deleted from BlueMotion to aid aerodynamics

 

GT 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS

GT 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS

 

In addition to or different to the SE model, GT adds the following:

? front fog lights with static cornering function

? cherry red rear light clusters

? sports suspension (lowered by approx 15 mm)

? rear tinted windows from B-pillar back

? internal and external chrome trim

? front sport seats with height and lumbar adjustment

? Alcantara seat centre section with cloth side bolsters

? multifunction steering wheel with paddle shift (DSG models)

? Discover Navigation system (in addition to features of Composition Media)

? ambient interior lighting

? electrically foldable door mirrors, with puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger’s door mirror

? parking sensors, front and rear

? 7J x 17-inch ‘Dijon’ alloy wheels with 225/45 R17 tyres and anti-theft bolts

? silver anodised roof rails

 

SAFETY

As well as making this latest generation the most technically advanced Golf, designers and developers were also set the task of making this the safest Golf yet – quite a challenge given the accompanying weight reduction targets. As previously mentioned, the Golf SV adopts all these positive developments from its standard hatchback counterpart

 

Earlier sections of this description (Design: weight reduction, and Technology highlights) lay out in detail the measures that were taken to ensure weight reduction did not result in any loss of safety, as well as the full remit of passive and active safety features which are fitted.

 

Airbag system

 

The latest generation Golf SV has seven airbags, including a knee airbag on the driver’s side. The special location of the knee airbag – beneath the knee impact area on the instrument panel – ensures that there is no contact between the airbag door and the lower leg.

 

In the event of a crash the airbag deploys in front of the driver’s knees in less than 20 milliseconds and absorbs – in conjunction with the seatbelt and front airbag – a significant share of the crash energy. The driver is integrated into the vehicle’s deceleration early via the thighs and pelvis, and the steering wheel airbag cushions the driver’s chest and head at the optimal angle in the resulting, gently introduced upper body movement.

 

In general, the knee airbag protects the driver’s legs from a hard collision with the steering column and instrument panel. In an offset impact, the feet are also better protected against lateral ankle twist.

 

Safety-optimised head restraint system

 

Injuries caused by hyperextensions of the spine – or whiplash – are extremely common following car accidents. Volkswagen has developed its safety-optimised head restraint system to counteract whiplash injuries by co-ordinating the movements of the head and upper body as synchronously as possible via the seatbacks and head restraints. This is fitted as standard on the Golf SV.

 

To reduce the risk of injury, excellent protection is afforded by achieving defined deceleration velocity of the upper body via the seatback, co-ordinated deceleration of the head via the head restraint, and balanced motions of head and upper body. Key to this are the special contour of the head restraints and seatbacks as well as the hardness of the foam material used here. The contoured shape of the head restraints is being patented by Volkswagen. The system has demonstrated a level of protective potential that is substantially better than the biomechanical values attained by many active systems.

 

Seatbelt fastening detection for the rear

 

Another highlight in the Golf SV is the seatbelt fastening detection system for rear passengers. This warning system means the driver can tell whether occupants are buckled up in the rear when starting the car and during driving.

 

After switching on the ignition, the driver is informed via the multifunctional display for 30 seconds whether occupants are buckled up in the rear. If a seatbelt is fastened, a relevant symbol is shown (buckled person) for the specific seat location; an unfastened seatbelt is also displayed (empty seat). While driving, if the rear seatbelts are unfastened at a vehicle speed greater than 25 km/h (approx. 15 mph), the seatbelt indicator flashes for 30 seconds (displayed symbol alternates between empty seat and buckled occupant); an acoustic signal is also heard.

 

Euro NCAP test results

 

The Golf SV was tested ahead of launch by the independent European consumer protection organisation Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme), and received a top five-star rating. With its class-leading package of safety features made up of robust vehicle body structure, highly effective combination of seat belts, seats and airbags, plus innovative driver assistance systems the Golf SV is one of the world's safest cars.

 

Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) has for many years been seen as an important benchmark for vehicle safety. The overall safety rating of five stars for the new Golf SV is made up from the results in four sub-sections: occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and safety assistance.

 

In the comprehensive adult occupant protection tests, which in addition to testing frontal impact into an aluminium barrier with a speed of 64 km/h (and 40 per cent overlap) also includes a side impact test (at 50 km/h against the driver's door) and side impact into a pole (at 29 km/h), the Golf SV achieved 87 per cent of the maximum points total. In the important child protection section the Golf SV also did extremely well, achieving over 85 per cent of the available points.

 

Euro NCAP also incorporates into its assessment electronic safety and driver assistance systems that help to prevent accidents or to reduce their severity appreciably: the Golf SV provides a very high degree of safety and is equipped as standard with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), including ABS with Brake Assist, XDS electronic differential lock, Multi Collision Brake, tyre pressure indicator, trailer stabilisation, ISOFIX child seat anchors on the back bench seat and airbags for driver and front-seat passenger with front-seat passenger deactivation, including knee airbag on the driver's side and a head airbag system for front and rear-seat passengers, including side airbags.

 

In addition Volkswagen offers numerous driver assistance systems for the Golf SV which are standard from SE and further improve safety: these include ACC Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking function, a proactive occupant protection system, Lane Assist, High Beam Assist and Dynamic Light Assist full beam control systems.

 

The comprehensive package provided for the Golf SV is rounded off by the Side scan blind spot sensor with rear traffic alert, being offered for the first time in any Golf derivative.

 

Line up with insurance groups

 

Thanks to its impressive security and safety features, the Golf SV secured the following insurance group ratings from the ABI (Association of British Insurers). These ratings are based on the ABI’s 1-50 system. The ‘E’ denotes that the vehicle exceeded the co-called Thatcham (ABI) requirements.

 

S

1.2-litre TSI 85 PS       11E

1.4-litre TSI 125 PS     16E

1.6-litre TDI 115 PS    13E

 

SE

1.4-litre TSI 125 PS      14E

1.6-litre TDI 115 PS      11E

2.0-litre TDI 150 PS      17E

 

SE BlueMotion

1.0-litre TSI 115 PS     13E

 

GT

1.4-litre TSI 150 PS      18E

2.0-litre TDI 150 PS     19E

WARRANTIES

The Golf SV has a three-year (first- and second-year manufacturer-operated, third-year retailer-operated) / 60,000-mile mechanical warranty. In addition, it comes with a 12-year body protection guarantee, three year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance which includes European breakdown cover. The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

 

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