2015 Volkswagen GTI: Surprisingly Spacious Rear Seats
February 23, 2015
Considering its small footprint, our 2015 Volkswagen GTI packs a lot of space into the cabin. It's not obvious from the driver seat, but sit in back and you realize there's enough room for an average-sized adult to sit comfortably.
A quick check of the numbers shows that the GTI has about the same amount of legroom as the Mazda 3 and two-inches more than the Ford Focus hatchback. All three hatches are similar when it comes to shoulder room, but the GTI comes out on top when it comes to headroom, if only by half an inch.
The seats themselves are just average. There's some contouring to the outboard positions while the center seat is dead flat. Nice to see a set of rear vents, too, as they typically get left out of cars this size. It's a nice, usable setup for a car that isn't likely to carry rear passengers all that often.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 6,472 miles