The standard Golf is known for offering more space than a Ford Focus, and the GTI is no different. Four tall adults will have more than enough head, leg and shoulder room inside, and three children can sit side by side in the back. The middle passenger’s backrest isn’t as comfy, though, and there’s a small hump in the middle of the floor for the middle passenger to straddle.
The Golf’s boot is one of the biggest of any hot hatch, easily managing a pram or a couple of large suitcases, while the wide opening makes loading such bulky objects easy, too. The GTI’s standard variable-height boot floor means there’s no loading lip to lift heavy items over, a separate storage compartment underneath for delicate items, and a perfectly smooth extended load deck when the 60/40 split-folding rear seats are down.