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2013 Volkswagen GTI Interior Review

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


Interior: 8.9

Auto critics find few things wrong with the 2013 VW GTI’s interior. They are thoroughly impressed with the GTI’s upscale, high-quality cabin and its front and rear seats, which are comfortable even for long-legged adults. Reviewers add that the GTI’s cargo space is also good for a sporty small car, making it one of the most utilitarian models in its class.

  • "This car shows premium levels of interior materials and overall build quality. The seat fabrics are visually interesting, and none of the interior panels looks or feels cheap." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The GTI's interior is also uncommonly upscale, offering premium materials, a restrained design, supportive front seats and plenty of room for either rear passengers or cargo." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The cargo area is spacious, and seating is comfortable for all passengers." -- Car and Driver (2010)


According to the automotive press, the five-seat 2013 VW GTI’s quiet cabin has spacious front and rear seats. Up front, reviewers say that the head- and legroom available for the driver and front passenger is impressive. One test driver says that overall visibility is good, but thinks rear visibility may be an issue because the rear roof pillars are wide. Test drivers also say that the GTI’s rear seat is one of the most spacious in its class, with plenty of legroom for adults as long as the front seats aren’t pushed too far back. If you plan to haul rear passengers frequently, reviewers suggest the four-door option because the extra doors make entry and exit easier.

  • "Standard sport bucket seats provide outstanding support for high-speed cornering and highway cruising. GTI's tall build means ample headroom while ultra-long seat tracks allow for tremendous legroom. Visibility is good in most directions, though the roof pillars are on the thick side, which pinches the view to the rear corners." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Gaining access to the surprisingly roomy rear seats is naturally easier with the four-door GTI, but ingress and egress to the two-door's rear seat is relatively painless." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "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 (2010)
  • "Blessed with upgraded materials and sound deadening throughout the cabin, the … GTI is downright churchlike in its quietness." -- Automobile Magazine (2010)

Interior Features

The 2013 Volkswagen GTI comes standard with an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod cable. Optional features include a touch-screen infotainment system with HD Radio, an eight-speaker Dynaudio audio system and navigation.

Some reviewers think the GTI’s climate knobs and touch-screen stereo are easy to use, while others don’t. Those who say these features are complicated think the touch-screen stereo reacts slowly to their inputs and the climate system is hard to adjust.

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  • "The gauges are large and easy to read. The climate controls are simple and handy. We do take issue with the touchscreen audio interface. It's not the actual operation that's the problem, but rather its slow response to passenger inputs." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In a very interesting move, Volkswagen includes a touch-screen LCD in the GTI even if you don't get the navigation system. This screen makes it easy to select music from an iPod or use the other audio sources." -- CNET (2010)
  • "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 (2010)


Two- and four-door Volkswagen GTI models have 15.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats, which is good for the class. While reviewers think the GTI’s available cargo space is useful, they are disappointed that the rear seats don’t fold flat and that there isn’t more interior storage.

  • "Another thing you can't say of most sports car is how versatile they are for hauling cargo. GTI has lots of useful space and standard folding rear seat backs with a separate center pass-through. There are a couple snags. First, the rear seat backs don't lie flat, which can complicate loading larger items." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Unfortunately, you also won't find many places to stash phones, wallets and sunglasses, since the GTI continues to suffer from a lack of useful storage spaces." -- Edmunds (2012)

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