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Volkswagen Golf Interior

Test drivers report that the redesigned VW Golf has one of the nicest interiors in the class. They write that the 2015 Golf features dash and door panels that are built with premium materials. Most agree that the Golf’s interior is roomy and comfortable, and some like that it offers more cargo space than most affordable small cars. Still, some reviewers note that its touch-screen audio system has a small display.

  • "In our interior evaluation of the 2015 Golf, we were impressed by the premium vibe, from the rich dashboard and door-panel materials to the subtle brushed-aluminum accents. This doesn't feel like an economy car; in fact, it's almost like an entry-level luxury car that's been downsized." -- AutoTrader 
  • "The cabin is still richer than that in many competitors -- the metallic-finish trim inserts could pass for genuine polished aluminum, and the switch layout is less busy than most." -- AutoWeek 
  • "The new Golf continues VW's tradition of having an upscale look to its interior, using high-quality materials, soft-touch surfaces and piano black trim." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The new Golf's cabin has a noticeably more premium feel than before, keeping in mind that the MkVI car already boasted one of the better interiors in its class." -- Autoblog

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Seating                   

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf seats five and is available as a two- or four-door hatchback. Cloth seats are standard, while leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, sport seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available. Reviewers say that the redesigned Golf is exceptionally quiet at speed, and that its front seats are firm, supportive and remain remarkably comfortable on longer drives. A few critics report that rearward visibility is slightly obstructed by bulky roof pillars, while others comment that the rear seat is mounted too low for taller passengers. However, most auto writers appreciate the Golf’s spacious back seat, which has a bit more shoulder room than the 2014 model.

  • "The Golf's front seats provide firm support that will be quite familiar to VW fans. The back seat is remarkably adult-friendly given the Golf's modest dimensions, though the same was true of the previous Golf, too -- it's not like the car really needed the extra 1.1 inches of rear shoulder room that have been added this time around." -- AutoTrader 
  • "The only real demerit noted is that while the front and side pillars are fairly thin and easy to see around, the rear pillars are quite thick and block a lot to the corners. This wouldn't be so bad if a rearview camera were standard, but it's not; it's only available as an option." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Front seats provide ample support and comfort, even during long-distance driving stints, and not at the sacrifice of rear seat passengers. The new GTI's added leg- and shoulder room make the small hatch feel big, although the low-mounted rear seat cushions are best suited to smaller passengers." -- Edmunds  
  • "The seats offer enough support and cushion to make long distance trips comfortable, the ergonomics make controlling the infotainment and HVAC a breeze, and the sound dampening mutes road and wind noise to near-luxury levels. If you're prone to taking road trips over other forms of transportation, the cabin alone makes this car a great option for you." -- Autoblog 

Interior Features

The redesigned VW Golf comes standard with an iPod adapter, Bluetooth, satellite radio, heated side mirrors and an audio system with a 5.8-inch touch-screen display. Available features include a sunroof, a rearview camera, proximity key, push-button start, navigation and a Fender audio system. An available Driver Assistance package adds rear parking sensors and a forward collision warning system.

Critics are pleased that the 2015 Golf comes standard with a touch-screen audio system, and many report that it’s a straightforward system that responds to swipe and pinch-zoom gestures, much like a smartphone. However, some test drivers note that the system’s touch-screen display is on the small side, while others write that the Golf lacks available features like blind spot monitoring, which is optional in competing affordable small cars.

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  • "In terms of technology, the newly standard 5.8-in touchscreen takes a big step forward with its ‘capacitive touch sensor,’ a fancy way of saying that you can swipe and pinch-zoom -- just like a smartphone. Again, that's standard, so every Golf comes with this nifty technology." -- AutoTrader 
  • "Materials quality is marginally better, along with a slightly updated infotainment interface, but the Golf oddly lacks some desirable features found in other small cars, such as in-depth smartphone app integration, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Given past success, we can't blame Volkswagen for sticking to the formula, but it does put the Golf at a disadvantage to its competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "The new infotainment system, which includes a 5.8-inch touchscreen, functions as advertised. We were impressed with the inclusion of a capacitive-touch sensor, which allows for the swiping and pinch-zooming motions recognized by modern smartphones, but the graphics and overall aesthetic feel dated and less premium than the rest of the cabin." -- Autoblog 
  • "The center stack, which is thoughtfully canted towards the driver, houses intuitive HVAC controls and a 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that's slightly undersized yet easy to operate." -- Left Lane News
  • "The user interface is more intuitive than in older models, a major improvement in functionality. We're disappointed that we don't get the massive 8-inch screen in European-spec Golfs, and the color instrument cluster display with the fancy graphics is restricted to the GTI model." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

The redesigned 2015 Golf has 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 52.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Reviewers note that the Golf has exceptional cargo space for the class, and that folding the rear seats creates a nearly flat floor. Some comment that the VW Golf offers more cargo space than most midsize cars, while others appreciate its small item storage spaces, which include a roomy center console and a useful cubby to the left of the steering wheel.

  • "The load sill is lower and 2 inches wider than before, with 22.8 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the back seat -- more than in the typical midsize sedan. With the seat folded, the maximum capacity of 52.7 cubic feet increases 15 percent compared to the Mk. VI Golf." -- AutoWeek
  • "There's a good amount of interior storage, and - if the rear seat backs happen to be folded - you'll see that the resulting cargo floor is nearly level and flat (making it easy to slide in large objects), if just a bit narrow at the rear." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Up to 22.8 cubic feet of cargo can be accommodated behind the rear seats, while folding the seats flat provides a class-leading 52.7 cubic feet of space." -- Edmunds 
  • "There's plenty of front-seat storage in the center console and door panels, and a nifty mini glovebox to the left of the steering column." -- Kelley Blue Book 
Review Last Updated: 8/15/14

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