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2013 Volkswagen Golf Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Volkswagen Golf was new.


Interior: 8.6

The automotive press agrees that the 2013 Volkswagen Golf has a very nice interior with quality materials that remind them of the cabins in upscale small cars. Many reviewers think the Golf’s rear seats are some of the most comfortable in the class, even in the two-door model. Reviewers who complain about the Golf’s interior think that the navigation system and touch-screen display make some controls harder to use and wish there were more interior cubbies for storage.

  • "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
  • "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. Of course, when you consider the price premium the average V-Dub commands, it should be a nice place to spend time, and VW consistently delivers." -- 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)


The VW Golf seats five, and reviewers say its front seats are comfortable and offer a lot of head- and legroom. Reviewers agree that the rear seats are also comfortable for adults and recommend the four-door model if you frequently have back-seat passengers because the additional doors make entry and exit easier. Regardless of the body style you choose, test drivers say the rear seats are spacious. One test driver mentions that rear visibility is limited due to the Golf’s exterior design.

  • "Gaining access to rear seats is naturally easier with the four-door model, but ingress and egress to the two-door's rear seat is relatively painless. The rear seats, regardless of door number, are surprisingly spacious and very comfortable." -- Edmunds
  • "Headroom and legroom are plentiful. The seats are nicely bolstered and all-day comfortable; their gray and black check pattern is a nice touch and complements the cabin well. Visibility is generally good, but the view to the corners is compromised a bit by slightly thick rear roof pillars. Note that 2.5 cars do not have a center arm rest, which is a pretty glaring omission." -- Consumer Guide (front seats, 2012)
  • "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." -- Car and Driver (2010)

Interior Features

The 2013 Golf comes standard with an eight-speaker stereo and an auxiliary input jack. Optional features include Bluetooth, satellite radio, iPod connectivity, navigation and an eight-speaker, touch-screen sound system with HD Radio.

Reviewers spend most of their time talking about the optional touch-screen interface and navigation system. One test driver likes that the system is easy to use when an iPod is hooked up, though a different reviewer says the navigation system makes it hard to adjust some audio functions. Another auto critic thinks the navigation system’s screen is too small. Without the optional touch-screen stereo, one reviewer thinks the stereo and climate controls are easy to adjust.

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  • "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
  • "On models without navigation, a simple array of very large audio and climate buttons makes controlling those functions easy. The TDI's revised navigation system mimics that of the Volkswagen Jetta. It's pretty simple to program, thanks to the combination of a touch screen and BMW iDrive-style rotary knob. The system absorbs some audio controls, complicating what should be simple adjustments." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


Two- and four-door Golf models have 15.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, and with the rear seats folded, their cargo volume increases to 46 cubic feet. While one test driver thinks the Golf’s cargo space is good for its size, another is disappointed that it doesn’t have many interior cubbies.

  • "You also won't find many places to stash phones, wallets and sunglasses, since all Golfs suffer from a lack of useful storage spaces." -- Edmunds
  • "It isn't, to be sure, a minivan, nor does it hold the commercial possibilities of Ford's Transit Connect. But with those wanting something fun to drive, but still needing some vestige of practicality, the Golf's hatch configuration is tough to beat." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)

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