Although still based on the same platform as the previous generation, the newest Golf exhibits a much better quality interior. The overall design wasn't drastically changed, but enough to make the inexperienced think they're sitting in an entirely different car. Our test car had the Highline trim level and was equipped with the DSG gearbox, making the interior feel like that of a slightly more expensive car. The Sport seats were partially covered in a velour-like (if not even actual velour, we're not that good with tailoring) material so that our derrieres felt more than welcomed. Volkswagen calls it Alcantara, by the way, but we didn't believe them. The lateral support was also something that you'd expect to find in a sports coupe, not a compact grocery getter like the Golf.
It isn't the most spacious car in its class but both front and rear leg room are adequate even for long distance traveling, as long as your primary way of earning moolah isn't shooting hoops in the national basketball league. Then again, if it was, you wouldn't be in the market for a Vee Dub anyway. There is a decent amount of storage spaces all over the car and the luggage compartment is enough to carry what 2-3 persons would bring in a few days trip. Especially if you always travel "indian style", light.
There were no leather seats, no wooden dash inserts and no Alcantara ceiling in there, but the quality of the plastic, aluminium "und" chrome inserts all over the interior was top notch. Some might argue that a not-exactly-beastly 140 hp engine shouldn't have a sports steering wheel like that and almost bucket seats in the front, but we didn't mind it one bit.
The only slight quarrel we had with the "facelifted Golf V" interior was the complete lack of the VW trademarked blue for the dashboard lights. We have yet to find the actual reason for their removal on this generation, but we have to admit we kinda missed them. Maybe VW boys realized it was making too many of their drivers sleepy, who knows?Continue reading