2020 Volkswagen Golf

Interior


#8 out of 12 in Compact Cars

MSRP
$23,195
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2020 Volkswagen Golf Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf is practical, comfortable, and upscale. This spacious hatchback has more cargo room than most compact cars, and it can comfortably accommodate adults in the rear seats. It has easy-to-use technology and comes with lots of high-tech standard safety features.

  • "The premium feel of the Golf's interior -- the soft-touch plastics of the dashboard, the rich door-panel materials, the subtle brushed aluminum accents -- is impressive. This doesn't feel like an economy car. It feels more like a downsized entry-level luxury vehicle." -- Autotrader
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 Golf is a hatchback with four doors and five seats. It’s a comfortable compact car, with enough space in the front and back seats for even tall travelers. Still, many of its rivals have more legroom, and most are available with seating upgrades that this VW doesn't currently offer, such as fully power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

All Golfs come standard with heated front seats that have power recline but are otherwise manually adjustable. The Golf TSI also comes with synthetic leather upholstery and a synthetic leather-wrapped steering wheel.

For installing child safety seats, there are two full sets of LATCH connections for the rear outboard seats, and the rear middle seat has a tether anchor.

  • "Long trips are no problem. The front seats provide the kind sturdy support VW fans are familiar with. The back seat is remarkably adult-friendly, given the car's modest dimensions." -- Autotrader
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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

The infotainment system in the Golf is easy to use and responsive. It easily connects with smartphones using Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink, all of which are standard features. A collection of straightforward buttons and knobs allow for quick audio and climate adjustments.

Standard features in the Golf also include a 6.5-inch touch-screen, one USB-C port, six speakers, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Car-Net navigation and traffic services, a panoramic sunroof, proximity keyless access, push-button start, and manual climate control. Its collection of standard safety features contains forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic post-collision braking, pedestrian monitoring, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a rearview camera.

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  • "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
  • "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 (2019)
  • [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's cavernous cargo area is impressive for a compact car and even bests the capacities of most subcompact SUVs. There is 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the cargo shelf in place and 22.8 cubic feet with it removed. The rear seats have a 60/40 split and can be folded to create 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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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