As you might expect, this SV model is price-positioned just above hatch and estate Golf derivatives - but not that far above. The premium you'll pay to get this variant's MPV versatility varies with trim and engine choice but in rough terms, think of an SV as costing you £1,500 to £1,700 more than a directly equivalent Golf Hatch and £750 to £1,000 more than a directly equivalent Golf Estate. For reference, an equivalent version of Volkswagen's Touran 7-seat MPV would cost around £2,500 more. Overall, Golf SV pricing sits in the £20,000 to £30,000 bracket - which is pretty much par for the course in the 5-seat family hatchback-based segment of the MPV market.
If this is what you want, then you'll find yourself choosing between four trim levels - 'S', 'SE', this 'SE Navigation' spec and the top 'GT' versions. As for engines, well for this test, we tried a petrol engine freshly added to the Golf SV range, the 1.5 TSI EVO unit, which is most widely offered in 130PS form - that's what we sampled in an 'SE Navigation' guise that costs around £24,000. All 'SE' models get 16-inch alloy wheels, auto headlamps and wipers, Adaptive Cruise Control, power-folding mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, front 'comfort' seats with height and lumbar adjustment, an alarm, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, an auto fold-down lever in the rear seat backrest, seatback fold-out tables and extra areas of interior storage - under-seat trays for example.