What is it?
It’s a Golf. Well, a Golf SV, which stands for Sports Van. That’s a very European-sounding and not hugely inaccurate word: it’s a van and dynamically not far off the Golf. The two are 95% identical, after all, so claims Volkswagen.
Chances are, though, it’s probably a while since you’ve seen one, given that just 2302 have been sold in the UK so far this year. For scale, that’s half as many as the Golf Estate, less than a tenth as many as the Tiguan, and one twenty-fifth as many as the Golf hatchback. It’s also almost half that of the Scirocco, which was discontinued earlier this year, in part because of slow sales. Sheesh.
The SV we're driving is the facelifted model, which has been given a nip and tuck to bring it into line with the updated Golf, which arrived this spring. There are tweaks to the exterior and interior, but the engines are where the most change has been made.
There’s the new 1.5-litre TSI engine, now also used in just about every other mid-sized Volkswagen Group model, in three states of tune.