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2010 Volkswagen Golf Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Volkswagen Golf was new.


Interior: 8.9

Strong build quality and comfortable seating are hallmarks for the Golf’s cabin. Reviewers' biggest complaint is that the lengthy optional features list spikes the price in what's supposed to be an economical segment.

  • "Inside, the Golf shows off rigorous fit and finish yet relaxes with better materials, friendlier climate controls, and a less anvil-like upper dash." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "From the solid ka-chunk of the door closures to the comforting embrace of the front bucket seats, everything about the latest Golf reinforces VW's renewed emphasis on quality." -- Car and Driver
  • "Everything from the soothing white instrument lighting to the high-quality switchgear builds on the Golf's confident driving dynamics, giving the car a premium look and feel." -- Edmunds
  • "We can attest that that the new Golf feels like the ritziest hatchback on the market. The dash cover is soft, and surrounds the center stack with no perceptible gap." -- Motor Trend
  • "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

Front Seats

The Golf's front seats, covered in unique checked white fabric, are sufficiently accommodating -- especially for the driver -- thanks to the car's tilt and telescoping steering wheel. An impressive standard feature for the segment is adjustable lumbar support for front seats. Heated front seats are optional as part of the Cold Weather Package.

  • "There's also new seats covered in a checked white cloth. Those are firm, supportive and immensely comfortable." -- Jalopnik
  • “The seats are nicely bolstered and all-day comfortable; their gray and black check pattern is a nice touch and complements the cabin well." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Both front seats have surprisingly ample side bolsters that help keep the driver planted directly in front of the steering wheel and all seats are swathed in cloth regardless of the powertrain choice." -- Autoblog

Rear Seats

Critics find the four-door Golf's rear quarters agreeable for two passengers -- but caution that it can be difficult to climb into the two-door's backseat.

  • “There's good rear-seat leg- and headroom for adults in the outboard positions, but pity the poor unfortunate who's sentenced to sit in the middle. What's the German word for fuhgedaboudit?" -- Car and Driver
  • “With overall length, height and width nearly identical to last year's model, you can count on fitting four full-size adults comfortably in the four-door model, while even our two-door test car accommodated four full-size adults on shorter trips." -- Edmunds
  • "Average-height passengers will have enough headroom and legroom, but squeezing three across in the backseat won't be comfortable; two have plenty of space." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The Golf’s cabin features and material quality are a big plus. The Golf comes standard with cruise control, an auxiliary audio input jack and power windows, mirrors and door locks. The pricier TDI comes with even more standard features, including satellite radio and Bluetooth.

A huge downside is that navigation is only available on the TDI model. It’s the same story with several other options, including a Dynaudio advanced sound system.

  • "To our eye, the Golf VI's cabin furnishings even surpass those of the related but more expensive Audi A3." -- Car and Driver
  • "Inside, both cars make use of a simple, logical interior that's easy to live with. Though we'd like the great leather-wrapped steering wheel from the TDI on the Golf 2.5, at just $17,490, the base Golf is well-equipped." -- Popular Mechanics
  • “For a vehicle with such obvious premium aspirations, are leather seats or a parchment interior really too much to ask? For now, the answer apparently is ‘yes.’" -- Edmunds
  • "Change for the sake of change doesn't necessarily make anything better, and with the Golf, the ergonomics are as superb as before, with nearly everything exactly where you expect it." -- Autoblog


Reviewers describe the 2010 VW Golf’s cargo and interior space as impressive for its size. In addition to the 15 cubic feet of available room, the car has a nearly flat load floor once the rear seats are folded. The amount of space is about average for the class, but there are other hatchbacks that provide more.

For the ultimate cargo capacity, consider the Honda Fit hatchback. With all seats in use, the Fit provides 20.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is impressive in its own right, but put the seats down and you get a full 57.3 cubic feet of space. 

  • "The hatch swings open smoothly on struts, and there's a low, wide opening for the large, nicely shaped cargo area." -- MSN

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