2019 Volkswagen Golf

Interior


#8 out of 13 in Compact Cars

MSRP
$21,845
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2019 Volkswagen Golf Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf has an attractive cabin. There are plenty of soft-touch materials, and cargo space is above average in the class. The MIB II infotainment system is easy to use, though its graphics are a bit dated.

  • "A pleasing mix of surfaces and textures show that much thought was put into this car's interior design, with contrast stitching spiffing the place up a bit." -- Car and Driver
  • "The premium feel of the interior is impressive, from the soft-touch plastics of the dashboard and rich door-panel materials to the subtle brushed aluminum accents. This doesn't feel like an economy car, but more like a downsized entry-level luxury vehicle." -- Autotrader
  • "The VW Golf … continues a tradition of having an upscale look to its interior, using high-quality materials, soft-touch surfaces and, on higher trims, piano-black accents." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Seating

The 2019 Golf can seat five people on cloth upholstery. A power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and synthetic or genuine leather upholstery are available. There’s plenty of space for adults in both rows, though the rear seats are positioned a little too low for optimal comfort. Some critics also wished the driver’s seat had more lumbar support.

For attaching child safety seats, there are three easy-to-find tether anchors in the back seat. Lower anchors are located on the outboard seats, and these connectors are a little hard to use.

  • Long trips are no problem. The front seats provide sturdy support that will be familiar to VW fans. The back seat is remarkably adult-friendly, given the car's modest dimensions." -- Autotrader
  • "Hatchbacks traditionally haven’t been the most popular body style in America, but savvy buyers who understand them love them. That’s because they do a lot with a little, and the Golf is among the best examples. While small on the outside, its boasts a surprising amount of room within its 5-passenger interior. The front bucket seats are comfortable, though some of our editors would appreciate more lumbar support for the driver’s seat." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Front seats provide ample support and comfort, even during long-distance driving stints, and not at the sacrifice of rear passengers. The Golf's ample legroom and shoulder room make the small hatch feel big. There's enough room in back to make the Golf a viable family vehicle, although adults will find the low-mounted rear seat cushions somewhat uncomfortable." -- Edmunds (2017)

Interior Features

A 6.5-inch touch screen is standard in the Golf, along with Car-Net App-Connect, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Mirror Link smartphone integration, an eight-speaker sound system, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian monitoring, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a rearview camera.

Interior upgrades include an 8-inch touch screen, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit (only in the Golf R and e-Golf), a navigation system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a Fender premium stereo. You can also get push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and a panoramic sunroof. The e-Golf has an available 9.2-inch screen that can be operated using gesture controls. Several safety features are available too, including lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, rear and front parking sensors, and automatic high beams.

The standard MIB II infotainment system works well and has plenty of physical controls, though a few critics complain that the graphics quality is a bit lower than what you'll find in some rivals. The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, which replaces the traditional gauge cluster with a customizable 12.3-inch digital display, earns praise.

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  • "Controls up front are simple but easy to see and use. You won’t have to fuss to change the fan speed or temperature, for instance. Just turn a dial. A standard touch screen … connects easily with smartphones and displays all the info you need to know." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The touchscreen incorporates a 'capacitive touch sensor' with swipe and pinch-to-zoom functions just like a smartphone. It also has a proximity sensor that automatically calls up a more user-friendly layout when a hand approaches." -- Autotrader
  • [The base touch screen is] a little small … and the graphics aren't supersharp, but otherwise there's a lot to like. It has an intuitive menu structure and large virtual buttons." -- Edmunds (2017)

Cargo

The Golf has 22.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a maximum of 52.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. This hatchback provides more cargo room than most compact cars.

  • "The real magic happens when you fold the rear seats. That expands the rear cargo space from 22.8 cubic feet with the rear seat up to an SUV-like 52.7 cubic feet of space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cargo capacity is impressive, with 16.5 cu ft. behind the rear seats up to the level of the parcel shelf (as large as a midsize sedan's trunk), or 22.8 cu ft. up to the ceiling. Flip the rear seats down and there's a remarkable 52.7 cu ft. You could fit an adult-sized bicycle in there." -- Autotrader
  • "The cargo opening is nice and square -- helpful when loading larger items. … With the rear seatbacks up, the Golf has room for two suitcases and a duffle bag behind the seats." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
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