2015 Volkswagen GTI: The Cooler Fits, Sort of
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on August 28, 2015
That's a 75-gallon cooler in the back of our 2015 Volkwagen GTI. That's a big cooler for a small car like the GTI. I had to set aside the cargo cover to get it in there and even that wasn't quite enough.
Turns out, the hatch wouldn't close completely unless I was willing to give it a serious shove. I didn't think that was a good idea, so in order to make this huge cooler fit I had to unlatch the rear seatbacks and tilt them forward. Not much, maybe an inch or two, but enough to make them unusable for rear passengers.
So no, you can't put four people and a 75-gallon square cooler in a GTI. But it's close.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor