Best EZ Entry Ever - 2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: Best EZ Entry Ever

October 05, 2010


When I loaded my stuff into our long-term 2010 Volkswagen GTI last night, I noticed the seats were folded down. I'm on the retentive side of the range and I won't drive around in a hatchback with the seats folded unless I'm actually hauling boxes. So before anything, the seats had to go back up.

My first idea was to go around to the hatch and try to pull the seats up that way. But of course I couldn't reach them, because the hatch area is kind of big, even though it's supposedly only 12.4 cubic feet in capacity. Also, there are no straps or handles on the seats to help you get a hand on them... not that there usually are in compact hatches, but the last time I dealt with folded seats I was driving a minivan, so...

Enter the front seats' easy-entry feature: It's well executed on this car -- as it should be on any three-door hatch or coupe in this price range. However, Volkswagen seems to do it better than anyone else. The front doors open up to about 88 degrees, and the seats smoothly and easily tilt forward and out of the way. I took one step into the backseat and, within seconds, the rear seats were back in place. I could seriously see using the 3-door GTI if I had toddlers in the backseat, but since there's a 5-door version available, I probably wouldn't actually go through with that.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor



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