VW Golf SV

Golf-SV-105-noseVW Golf SV – the versatile one

It may be a good idea not to think of the SV as a Golf. It is its own car, a real (not so) little MPV. Part Touran, but part Golf, where it counts.

I liked the well equipped simply styled interior. It is classy, ergonomically well thought out and beautifully executed.  Quite different to a normal Golf though. It is somewhere between a Golf and a Touran, but I found it a pleasant and practical compromise.

VW Golf SV

VW Golf SV

Space is what it is really all about. The boot is 500 litres to start off easily passing the pram and golf bag tests, but the rear seats also fold down and slide enlarging the cargo area to over 1 500 litres. Access is superb, as is leg room at the back. Get the full list of specifications at: http://www.vw.co.za/en/models/new-golf-sv/trimlevel_overview.html

Golf-SV-180-dashFuel consumption is an excellent 6.2 litres/ 100km in mixed driving. My route includes town, highway and a ten level parking garage.

These new generation petrol engines are more economical in town than the diesels generally, it appears. Performance is also peppy. Even the 1.2 will do the job on the Highveld due to the clever engine management and turbocharging.

The 1.4 we drove has ample power and accelerates effortlessly from 80 to 120km/h. The safety and handling systems built into the car are comprehensive, delivering superb safety and handling with a fun element.

You can quite easily kid yourself you are driving a Golf, its road manners are that good.

Golf-SV-093-obliquePerhaps it is good to think of the SV as a Golf with a big boot, but in reality it is a very different car with a taller stance and much more legroom and space in general. The stance means that the seats are higher off the ground making it easy to get in and out. The driving position is really comfortable.

The model we tested was the TSi Comfortline with a list price of R325 200. The range starts with the 1.2 Trendline at R292 500 and tops off with the 2.0 TDi DSG at R359 200.

The full price list is at: http://www.vw.co.za/en/models/new-golf-sv/prices_and_options.html

As you will have seen, typical of most German manufacturers the options list is long and expensive, and the basic car is just that; basic.

The real competition to this car is all more expensive. Especially the Germans from Stuttgart and Munich. So in effect the SV is good value for money and gives you more space than a hatch but does not significantly drop in performance or style.

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The service plan is for 5 years or 90 000km, but ask to upgrade to the maintenance plan.

Also look at the VW Touran, Mercedes Benz B series (R390k +), BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (R380k +), Citroën C4 Picasso and Opel Meriva.

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Ford B-MAX arrives in SA

The Ford B-MAX has finally made it to our shores.

Based on Ford’s global B-car platform – shared with the Fiesta – the B-MAX is Ford’s idea of a premium compact multi-activity vehicle. So its a MAV not a MPV!

Ford B-MAX

Ford B-MAX

“The new Ford B-MAX really challenges traditional small car thinking, and pioneers a concept not attempted by any other manufacturer,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. “Its ingenious design opens the doors – quite literally – to exciting new ideas about what’s possible with a compact vehicle.”

ford-b-max__side_door_openSome interesting aspects:

Unobstructed entry and exit with hinged front and sliding rear doors integrates the traditional central pillar structure into the front and rear doors, rather than forming part of the bodyshell itself.

The flexible seating system features 60/40 split rear seats that can be folded flat with a simple “one-hand, one-motion” mechanism. The front passenger seat can also be folded, creating an extensive flat load floor from front to rear.

ford-b-max__dashThe entry-level B-MAX Ambiente 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine produces 74kW while the mid-range Trend and range-topping Titanium derivatives boast a 92kW output. Both versions feature a peak torque of 170Nm. Combined cycle fuel consumption is rated as low as 4.9 l/100km (says Ford) matched to a CO2 emissions figure of 114 g/km for the 92kW models.

Ford SYNC® voice control, device integration and connectivity interface.

Equipment includes Sony audio system, keyless entry, Power Start Button, Ford MyKey® functionality, Rear View Camera and leather-trimmed upholstery on the range topping model.

There are three trim levels.

B-Max 1.0 EcoBoost Ambiente R 221 900
B-Max 1.0 EcoBoost Trend R 246 900
B-Max 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium R 271 900
Options:
Metallic Paint R 750 R 658

The B-MAX is sold with a 4-year/120 000km Comprehensive Warranty, 4-year/60 000km Service Plan, 3-year/unlimited km Roadside Assistance and 5-year/unlimited km Corrosion Warranty.

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Full road test to follow.