Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
The Volkswagen Golf Estate has plenty of head room to suit even the exceedingly tall, and its front seats go back far enough to accommodate anyone with long legs. It's wide in the front, too, so you won’t be clashing elbows with your passenger.
The front door pockets are each big enough for a 500ml bottle of water and there are two cupholders in the centre console. In front of the gear selector there’s a handy tray for your phone, which includes wireless charging (for more information on the infotainment system see the previous page). You’ll also find a storage bin under the front centre armrest and a decent-sized, air-conditioned glovebox.
The Golf’s interior dimensions allow a pair of six-footers to sit relatively comfortably in the back. Head room is generous and there’s loads of space for feet under the front seats. Leg room isn't outstanding; if the front-seat occupants slide their seats fully back, taller folks sitting in the rear won't have any space in front of their knees.
Shoulder room becomes tight when a third rear passenger is introduced, and the raised section of floor that runs down the centre-line of the car robs the middle passenger of foot space.
Seat folding and flexibility
The Golf's rear seats don't do anything clever, like SUVs of a similar size, such as slide or recline. You can fold them down in a 60/40 split by pulling handy levers in the boot, though. Pricier cars in the class, like the BMW 3 Series Touring, offer a more flexible 40/20/40 split, but the Golf comes with a ski hatch that does a similar job if you need to accommodate passengers and longer items.
The front passenger seat is height adjustable and comes with adjustable lumbar support as standard.
The biggest difference between the Golf hatch and the estate is its boot. Whereas the former is okay, the latter is big. Not quite as big as the Octavia Estate’s boot, and nothing like as voluminous as the frankly obscenely sized Superb Estate’s luggage trove, but more than roomy enough. As we said in the intro, your golf clubs will fit and you’ll even fit a second set as well. As for families, a fold-up baby buggy or a week’s shopping easily doable as well.
All versions come with a height-adjustable boot floor. It lets you create two separate compartments and, when raised, irons out the step that's otherwise created when the rear seats are folded down. With the floor in its highest setting, there’s also barely any lip to negotiate if you’re lifting heavy items in and out.
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