This is one area where a regular estate can lose out to new-fangled SUVs, which can have fancy sliding and reclining rear seats. Don’t expect such trickery from the Golf; the seats are, well, just seats.
Of course, you can fold the 60/40-split seatbacks down by pulling handles on the sides of the boot and, once dropped, they lie totally flat without you first having to flip up the bases, like you do in some rivals.
All versions have a height-adjustable front passenger seat, while you can pay extra on many models to have one that clamshells down, allowing you to carry seriously long items from the boot all the way to the dashboard, such as ladders. All bar the entry-level S trim come with adjustable lumbar support for the passenger seat, too.