Volkswagen opens order books for new Golf SV.

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·         New model to start at €23,350

·         Choice of 3 engines with 5 power outputs ranging from 85hp to 150hp

·         Deliveries begin in July

The new model will sit between the Golf and Touran models, offering all of the advanced technology of the Golf hatchback range, but in a larger, more practical body. Despite compact dimensions, it offers ample space for five people plus luggage.

At 4,338 mm long, the new SV is 134mm longer than the Golf Plus that it replaces, and is 83 mm longer than the Golf. With a longer wheelbase than the Golf, this provides generous interior space, and the SV is also 81mm wider and 26mm higher. Luggage capacity at 500 litres is generous, up 76 litres from the previous Golf Plus and this increases to 590 litres by sliding the rear seat bench forwards. Fold these rear seats and you can get up to 1,520 litres.

The engine line-up for Ireland is composed of a 1.2-litre TSI petrol with 85hp and 110hp and 1.6-litre diesel with 90hp and 110hp. At the top of the range is a 2.0-litre diesel with 150hp. All engines comply with the latest EU6 emissions regulations. There is a choice of 5- and 6-speed manual gearboxes and a 7-speed DSG gearbox. The top-selling engine is expected to be the 110hp 1.6-litre TDI which has emissions of just 101g/km placing it in Motor Tax Band A3 with Annual Motor Tax of just €190.

In Ireland there will be three trim grades on the Golf SV – Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. All Golf SV models feature Air Conditioning, 5-inch touchscreen radio with Aux-In, SD card slot, electronic parking brake with hill hold and a host of safety features including Electronic Stability Programme and two ISOFIX points in the rear bench seat.

Expected to be the most popular grade, the Comfortline specification adds a leather multifunction steering wheel, 15” Lyon alloy wheels, drawers under the front seats, a larger 5.8-inch touch-screen radio with Bluetooth connectivity, Cruise Control, front comfort seats with manual height adjustment and lumbar support, a rear centre armrest with load-through provision and a black radiator grille with chrome strips on the fins.

At the top of the range is the Highline specification, which adds 16” Dover alloy wheels, Park Distance Control front & rear, chrome strips on the side windows, rain sensor and front fog lights including static cornering lamps. Inside there are upgraded Sports comfort seats with lumbar support with Alcantara inserts, an auto-dimming interior mirror and ambient lighting.

Optional items include Adaptive Cruise Control with City Emergency Brake Function, Panorama Sunroof and Bi-Xenon Headlamps including Cornering Lights.