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MSRP: $19,995 - $27,995
Invoice: $19,195 - $26,875
MPG: 23 City / 30 Hwy
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Volkswagen Golf Interior

Test drivers agree that the 2014 Volkswagen Golf has an upscale interior that some say is among the best in the class. They report that solid construction, quality materials and a clean design add to the overall effect.  

  • "Volkswagen describes the 2014 Golf interior as one that continues to ‘set the quality benchmark in its class.’ And we wouldn't disagree, as the Golf employs a mixture of design and execution rarely found at window stickers fully twice that of the Golf." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The features list is also quite impressive, along with available options that include premium audio and navigation. Quite frankly, the Golf looks and feels far more upscale than anything else in its class -- even compared to VW's own Jetta sedan." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "One of Volkswagen's hallmarks has been its thoughtful, well-crafted interior. Even the cheapest entry-level Golf is equipped with quality of materials, with fit and finish easily a cut above its class." -- Autoblog (2010)
  • "The interior initially looks somewhat spartan, but all that black plastic is very high quality and bolted down so tightly it feels like you could rampage with a baseball bat without so much as marking any surfaces." -- Jalopnik (2010)

Seating                   

The VW Golf seats five and comes with front sport seats and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Options include heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Reviewers say the VW Golf’s front seats offer good support and have a premium feel that compares with much more expensive cars. Visibility is generally good, they say, adding that the height-adjustable seat and steering column help drivers find a comfortable position. Test drivers note there’s plenty of head- and legroom in the front seats and that the rear seats are roomy.

  • "… its snug sport seats are about the best we've tested, better in fact than many sport seats in cars costing twice as much." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Adult-size headroom and legroom are complemented by supportive, well bolstered, height-adjustable seats. The standard tilt/telescopic steering wheel adds to driver comfort. Visibility is good except over the shoulder, where it's slightly hindered by rather thick rear roof pillars." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • “For those who plan on shuttling multiple passengers, the four-door is the obvious choice, offering a surprisingly large backseat that's notably more spacious than that of a Mazda 3." -- Edmunds (2012)

Interior Features

The 2014 Golf comes standard with an eight-speaker CD sound system and an auxiliary audio jack. Optional features include Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, satellite radio, iPod connectivity, navigation and an audio system with a touch-screen display.

Reviewers say the Golf’s interior is extremely functional with gauges that are clearly marked and climate controls that are easy to use. They like the audio touch screen, saying it integrates well with a smartphone. Test drivers say the optional navigation system is simple to program thanks to a large knob. However, one critic notes that the touch screen is on the small side, which can make maps hard to read.

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  • “And its functional acumen is underscored by an info-centric dash, form-fitting bucket seats and high-lift tailgate." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We're big fans of the standard touchscreen audio interface, which in particular does a nice job of controlling an iPod/iPhone in particular. The optional navigation system is easy to program, but its map size and displayed street names are noticeably hobbled by the small display screen." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The dashboard on most models is no-nonsense simple, with easy-read gauges and large, intuitive audio and climate controls. The TDI-exclusive navigation system mimics that of the Volkswagen Jetta. It's pretty simple to program, thanks to a BMW iDrive-style rotary knob, but the system absorbs some audio functions and thus complicates those adjustments." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Inside, both cars make use of a simple, logical interior that's easy to live with." -- Popular Mechanics (2010)

Cargo

The Volkswagen Golf has 15.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, and 46 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. Reviewers say the Golf has a lot of usable space, especially with the rear seats folded. They note that the hatchback liftgate makes the cargo hold easy to access and that the front passenger seat folds flat to accommodate longer items.

  • "Like rival hatchbacks--including some we classify as sporty/performance cars--the Golf offers surprising cargo room that's very easy to access, thanks to the lift-up tailgate. In that respect it's rather like a pint-size SUV, and just as versatile for carrying people, parcels, or a combination. Though cargo volume isn't SUV-vast, a regularly shaped load bay means that you can easily fill most all the available space, and all models come with a handy fold-flat front-passenger seat that allows carrying longer items." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Behind the rear seats, the cargo area can hold up to 12.4 cubic feet of stuff -- which is about average for other hatchbacks. Dropping the split-folding rear seats bumps that figure up to 46 cubes." -- Edmunds (2013)
Review Last Updated: 12/17/13

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