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Volkswagen Golf interior, tech and practicality

Comfort and visibility

Now the Golf’s in its eighth generation, you can just imagine how many billions of Euros have been spent perfecting the cabin ergonomics, and you really feel that behind the wheel of the Mk8 Golf. 

There’s loads of adjustment in the driver’s seat and steering wheel, so you’ll get comfy no matter how tall or otherwise you are. Likewise, you get a decent view out, and all models get front and rear parking sensors as standard. Rather annoyingly, a reversing camera is still optional, even on top-spec Golf R models.

Standard equipment

There are three versions of the ‘regular’ non-performance Golf – the entry-level Life, then top-spec Style and R-Line models. 

All models get alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, sat-nav, a digital dashboard instead of regular analogue dials, and a system that reads the road signs and displays the current speed limit on the dashboard.

Style models add LED headlights with automatic beam-dipping, as well as three-zone air-con and ‘art velour’ seats. 

R-Line models take things down a sportier avenue, with more aggressive front and rear bumpers, reassuringly huggy sports seats and tinted rear windows.

Infotainment and audio

All Mk8 Volkswagen Golfs come with a 10-inch infotainment screen that’s sharp, vibrant and responsive… but also houses lots of functions that you’d prefer were physical buttons. Adjusting the airflow and seat heating requires several prods of the touchscreen, and it can take a while to boot up when you first start the car – leaving with a misted windscreen for longer than you’d like on winter mornings.

Likewise, the touch-sensitive slider controls for the temperature aren’t backlit, so are a bit of a fumble to use in the dark. You do eventually get used to them, but they’ll never be as intuitive as a proper set of knobs and switches.

Despite these misgivings, the infotainment system redeems itself because it includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing you to use your favourite navigation and music streaming apps from your phone.

Rear seat space

Getting into the Golf’s back seats is relatively easy thanks to decent-size doors that open reasonably wide. Tall adults will fit back there just fine, and it’s not a palaver to fit child seats – even Isofix bases with supporting legs will fit behind a tall driver, and the Isofix points themselves are easy to get to.

There’s decent headroom as well – the only downside is your rear middle-seat passenger will feel squished, simply because the Golf isn’t that wide. There’s a pair of USB-C sockets on the rear of the centre console so your back-seat passengers can charge their phones on the go.

Boot space

While the Golf’s 380-litre boot space might be average on paper, it’s a handy boxy shape that means you’ll fit more than you think into it. In our testing, it swallowed two large suitcases as well as two carry-on cases. Some other cars with the same claimed 380-litre space couldn’t manage the same feat. If you need more space, there's always the Golf Estate.

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