Volkswagen Golf R review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Passenger & boot space

Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front left static
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear right static
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 right static
  • Volkswagen Golf R Estate 2022 front right tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf R Estate 2022 front left static
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 headlight detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear light detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior front seats
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior driver display
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 boot open
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front left static
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear right static
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 right static
  • Volkswagen Golf R Estate 2022 front right tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf R Estate 2022 front left static
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 headlight detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear light detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior front seats
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior driver display
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 boot open
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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

There's loads of space in the front of the Volkswagen Golf R. The interior is broad, so you sit with breathing room between you and your passenger, and there's more than enough head and leg room to accommodate anyone tall. 

Rear-seat space is a little less generous. The latest VW Golf has dropped behind the leaders in this area, and both the Ford Focus ST and Skoda Octavia vRS (especially in estate form) will offer your rear passengers more room to lounge about in. Mind you, the R is fractionally roomier in the back than its closest rivals – the Audi S3 and BMW M135i – and two tall adults will fit just fine in the back.