2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Better Seat Comfort for Short Drivers
by Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor on September 16, 2015
I have to admit that when I saw our long-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI was available for the evening, I hesitated. I remembered the last time I drove our 2010 GTI long-termer and how the driver seat was angled in such a way that it was difficult for short-legged folks (read: me at 5'5") to reach the pedals.
The rear of the seat hung so much lower than the front that I had to scooch the chair until I was basically half an arm's length away from the steering wheel, even with the column collapsed as far as its telescoping ability allowed.
I was never able to find a comfortable seating position in that car, and assuming our new long-termer shared a similar seat angle, I was not looking forward to driving it in rush-hour traffic.
Fortunately, it wasn't the case at all! And no, it wasn't because this car was an automatic (our 2010 long-termer was a six-speed manual). This time, I could actually reach the pedals, all two of them, without having to push myself up against the steering wheel.
And I am not alone in thinking how awesome these seats are. Even editor Josh Jacquot thinks they're "superb," for other reasons, but still. I love the power-adjustable features and having more options to customize a comfortable driving position.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor