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2011 Volkswagen GTI Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Volkswagen GTI was new.


Interior: 9.2

Volkswagen prioritizes comfort, and the 2011 GTI is packed with high-quality materials and many features. The GTI comes standard with Bluetooth, satellite radio, a touch-screen sound system and heated front seats.

  • "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
  • “Just when I thought the GTI interior couldn't look any better, VW just went and trumped itself." -- Car and Driver
  • "Starting with the interior, the GTI's cabin is decidedly more upscale than the outgoing model. The materials are noticeably finer and the flat-bottomed steering wheel is worlds better. Even the air vents look great.” -- Autoblog


Most reviewers regard the front row of the 2011 VW GTI as especially comfortable and supportive. The GTI’s rear seat isn’t huge, but it’s one of the most spacious in its class. Heated front seats come standard -- quite a luxury for a car costing less than $25K. If you need more room in the backseat, consider the four-door option. Reviewers say it’s more spacious than the two-door. 

  • "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
  • “GTI's sport buckets help snug passengers during aggressive cornering.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 2011 Volkswagen GTI has a strong list of interior features that includes standard Bluetooth, satellite radio, iPod connectivity and heated front seats. A Dynaudio premium sound system is optional. The Autobahn Package adds leather seating, a power sunroof and front sport seats. DVD Satellite Navigation with an integrated 30-GB hard drive is also optional. 

Most reviewers find the controls easy to use, though some criticize the navigation system for poor graphics and speed. Reviewers think the system makes music selection on the touch screen a breeze.

  • "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 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space in the two-door model. The cargo volume in the four-door model is a little less: 14.7 cubic feet. The rear seats fold to increase space, but they don’t fold flat, which limits storage options. 

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

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