It all adds up when SV equals more than Golf Plus
Volkswagen's successor to the Golf Plus, the SV, goes on sale here in July and prices will start from €23,350 (delivery and charges extra).
There will be three engines and five different power levels (from 85hp to 150hp).
The SV is 134mm longer than the old Plus and 83mm longer than the Golf, with a 2,685mm wheelbase (+50mm). That helps make it roomier and Volkswagen say it has good space for five people and their luggage.
There is more boot-room (500litres+76) than the Plus. Sliding the rear bench forwards adds another 90litres. With the seats folded you get up to 1,520litres. Engines include a 1.2-litre TSIpetrol (85hp, 110hp), a 1.6-litre diesel (90hp, 110hp) and a 150bhp 2-litre diesel. There is a choice of 5spd or 6spd manual gearbox or a 7spd DSG. Expect the 110hp 1.6-litre TDI to be the main attraction (from €26,020; 101g/km, €190 roadtax.
There will be three trim-grades: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. Standard equipment includes aircon, 5ins touchscreen radio with Aux-In, SD cardslot, electronic parking brake with hill hold and two ISOFIX points in the rear bench seat. The Comfortline is likely to be most popular. It adds 15ins alloys, drawers under the front seats, a larger 5.8ins touch-screen radio with Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, front comfort seats with lumbar support and rear centre armrest.