Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
The standard Volkswagen Golf offers more interior space than many rivals, and the GTI models are no different. Four tall adults will have more than enough head, leg and shoulder room inside, and even three sitting side-by-side in the back won't feel too squeezed on shorter journeys.
True, the boot is nowhere near as big as the Honda Civic Type R’s or Skoda Octavia vRS’s, but you'll be able to slot in a pram or a couple of large suitcases easily enough, and the wide tailgate aperture comes in handy when loading bulky objects.
As a bonus, the GTI comes with a variable-height boot floor, which can be raised to reduce the loading lip, making it easier to lift heavy luggage into the car. It creates a perfectly smooth extended load deck when the 60/40 split-folding rear seats are down, too, as well as providing a separate compartment for delicate or valuable items beneath. Alternatively, its lowest position enables bigger items to be carried.