2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Useful Cargo Space
January 19, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI has a roomy cargo area. With the rear seats folded, it has 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than our long-term Mazda 3 hatchback (47.1 cu.ft.) or the Ford Focus ST (44.8 cu.ft). Smaller hot hatches like the four-door Mini Cooper S (40.7 cu.ft.) and the 2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RS (35.9 cu.ft.) have even less. The interior measurements aren't the only reason the GTI is a better candidate for cargo duty, though.
Inside the Focus ST, the rear seats don't fold completely flat and the wheel wells seem to intrude on rear cargo space a bit. While the GTI's rear seats don't fold completely flat, either, they do go further down than the Ford's seats. The Mazda 3 is a closer match for maximum space, but the roofline slopes inward towards the top of the cabin, which likely accounts for some of the 5 cubic feet of difference between it and the GTI. And if you're stacking a lot in the back or you're carrying anything tall, that's important. In this case, it's a win for the boxier VW GTI.
If you're looking for the most cargo space (and probably the most useful cargo space) in the hot hatchback segment, the GTI is the one to choose.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor