Volkswagen Golf GTE practicality & boot space

Well packaged and with ample interior space, the VW Golf GTE doesn't suffer much in practicality terms over non-electrified versions

Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Practicality & boot space 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. The Golf is a spacious car that's longer than the car it replaced, with improvements in interior packaging and space for occupants. However, the GTE version's battery is mounted under the boot floor; as is the case with so many plug-in hybrids, 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 adjustment for height 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 eHybrid 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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