The muted interior design of the 2009 Volkswagen GTI belies the quality of its materials and construction.
“The GTI's interior is the antithesis of the Civic Si—it's subtly styled and traditionally laid out, which suits us just fine,” says Edmunds, adding, “Scattered metallic trim pieces dress things up a bit, and the GTI-specific sport seats are nicely shaped and well-bolstered. The standard cloth upholstery's retro plaid print is something of an acquired taste, but any driving enthusiast will appreciate the flat-bottomed steering wheel.” Kelley Blue Book asserts, “The interior of the GTI is crafted with a level of materials and build quality that outclasses some very good competition.
ConsumerGuide compliments the GTI’s build quality, but notes some excess noise: “Interior decor is especially impressive with quality fabrics, nicely textured plastics, and many soft-touch surfaces. Engine noise is only moderate under full-throttle acceleration. One test GTI suffered from some engine clatter at idle. Coarse pavement generates marked hum. One test car did suffer from a minor dashboard creak.”
Seating comfort and passenger access, as well as storage capacity, earn favorable remarks. “Access to the rear seat is far easier in the four-door GTI, of course, but even the two-door proves capable of periodic people-hauling duty, thanks to adequate backseat space and relatively painless entry and exit,” says Edmunds. “In the two-door model, access to the back seat is easy because of a feature that VW calls Easy Entry,” explains Automotive.com, adding, “It works well.” Kelley Blue Book asks, “Did we mention the fantastic heated sport bucket seats? They are arguably the best in this class.”
“Cargo space is listed as 14.7 cubic feet of trunk space for the four-door and 15.1 for the two-door. Curiously, this is one of the few dimensions where the two body styles differ,” says Automotive.com, adding, “Either number would do credit to a mid-size car. ConsumerGuide notes, “Hatchback versatility with lots of useful cargo room and a low load floor. Folding split rear seatbacks are standard, but they don't lie flat.” According to Kelley Blue Book, “In back, passengers get their own heating, ventilation and air conditioning vents, while a 60/40 split folding seatback extends the car's hatchback functionality.” “The GTI's cargo area is fully carpeted, and cargo can be secured via four tie-down hooks. There's also a cargo cover to hide your gear,” observes Automotive.com.
ConsumerGuide says, “Wide roof pillars slightly hinder aft visibility.” But Edmunds sums up the GTI’s quality and comfort: “In general, the GTI imparts a feeling of solidity through its suspension and controls that one rarely finds in this segment.”