The Golf’s rear seats don’t do anything particularly clever. They can’t be slid back and forth, for example, like they can in many SUVs, and they don’t recline, either.
As with most hatchbacks, though, you can fold the 60/40 split seatbacks down by pulling a lever next to the outer head restraints. Once dropped, the seatbacks lie virtually flat without you first needing to flip up the seatbases, like you have to in the rival Ford Focus.
You can pay extra on five-door SE and SE Navigation models to have a front passenger seat that folds completely flat, enabling you to carry seriously long items, such as ladders. Three-door versions of the Golf get easy-entry front seats; they move up as they slide out of the way, making it easier to get in and out of the back the car, before returning to their original position.