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2010 Volkswagen GTI Interior Review

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


Interior: 9.0

The interior of the 2010 Volkswagen GTI wins plenty of praise from reviewers. Its high-quality features, upscale feel and supportive front seats are a cut above many small cars. It even comes with standard heated front seats, which is a feature that's usually optional.

  • "Blessed with upgraded materials and sound deadening throughout the cabin, the sixth-generation GTI is downright churchlike in its quietness. Wind noise is notably absent, and road roar levels are commendably low.” -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Interior decor is especially impressive with quality fabrics, nicely textured plastics, and many soft-touch surfaces.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “Inside, it's far more premium than you'd expect in a compact car -- especially when you consider the starting price is $23,290." -- AutoGuide.com


Most reviewers regard the VW’s front row as especially comfortable and supportive. The fabric features a striking plaid pattern inset that pays homage to Volkswagen seat fabric designs from previous decades. The GTI’s rear seat isn’t huge, but it’s one of the most spacious in its class. Heated front seats come standard.

  • "As before, the GTI offers an ideal driving position -- in comfortable and supportive seats -- and a steering wheel that you'll want to reach out and fondle." -- Automobile Magazine
  • “This writer measures six feet four inches tall, and even with the driver's seat appropriately adjusted, there is ample room for rear-seat passengers for even long journeys." -- Car and Driver
  • "The rear seats offer satisfying seat room, and low-key bolsters as well. It's the perfect place to anchor down your Recaro-branded kiddie safety seat." -- Left Lane News
  • "The plaid front buckets are two of the best seats in the industry, with supportive side bolstering and comfortably firm cushions." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

The GTI's option list might be short, but writers applaud the number of features offered as standard. These include cruise control, metallic trim, Touchscreen Premium radio with an in-dash CD player, Bluetooth, an auxiliary input jack, satellite radio, heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.

A Dynaudio premium sound system is optional. Reviewers recommend it because they think the base stereo is outdated. The Autobahn Package adds leather seating, a power sunroof and front sport seats. Navigation with an integrated 30-GB hard drive is also optional.

The GTI comes with an LCD touchscreen regardless of whether you opt for the navigation system. Most reviewers find the controls easy to use, though many of them criticize the navigation system for poor graphics and speed. New for 2010 is a standard iPod interface, which reviewers say makes it easy to select music choices using the touchscreen.

  • "The red stitching and black chrome trim tops off this cabin, which reminds me more of the inside of a $40,000 or even $50,000 car. Wow, this car makes you feel special and pictures just don't do it justice." -- Car and Driver
  • “Most switchgear is handy and intuitive. The navigation system, however, takes study to program and absorbs too many audio functions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "If there were a shortcoming in the controls, it would have to be the climate dials that are difficult at best, to find your desired setting." -- Left Lane News
  • "This new performance tech works well, but the most welcome update to the GTI is the inclusion of Volkswagen's latest cabin electronics. We previously saw this new navigation and music system in the CC sedan. Although not perfect, it is a huge improvement over the flawed navigation and stereo systems of the past.” -- CNET


The GTI provides 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is good for its class. The rear seats fold to increase cargo room.

  • "Hatchback versatility with lots of useful cargo room and a low load floor." -- Consumer Guide

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