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Volkswagen Golf GTE boot space & seating

Well packaged and with plenty of interior space, the VW Golf GTE isn't much less practical than the non-hybrid version

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

4.0 out of 5

LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up/down)
4,396mm1,789mm1,491mm273 litres

Hatchbacks are all about practicality and flexibility, so Volkswagen has put in a lot of effort to ensure the Golf can keep pace with the competition in this area. The latest Mk8 incarnation is a spacious car that's longer than the model it replaced, with improvements in interior packaging and space for occupants.

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However, the GTE version's battery is mounted under the boot floor, as is the case with many plug-in hybrids, and there's a trade-off in boot space as a result. The Golf gets a few clever features that help to enhance its practicality, however: shopping-bag hooks in the boot, a ski hatch and a dual-level boot floor all provide an extra degree of usefulness.

Volkswagen Golf GTE interior space, storage & comfort

There's plenty of space for front-seat passengers to get comfortable, with a good centre armrest, a large central space for phones and two generously-sized cupholders falling easily within reach. The GTE's standard sports seats are good, too, with lots of lateral support plus height-adjustment and lumbar support. There's plenty of space in the back for two adults, with decent knee and headroom. To us, the closely related SEAT Leon e-Hybrid and Skoda Octavia iV feel a little more spacious in the back, but not by much.

Boot space

There's 273 litres of boot space in the back of the GTE – down considerably on the standard car's 381 litres. It's a common price to pay on plug-in hybrids, as space has to be made for the battery. For comparison's sake, the Mercedes A 250 e has 310 litres of space, versus 370 in its non-electrified equivalent.

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