Interior practicality and quality is where the GTI shines. The 2010 GTI fits enthusiastic drivers well-in the front seats and in back-and its build quality is enviable, even for cars in a price class above it.
The GTI's sport front seats are thickly bolstered and shift eight ways-though TheCarConnection.com's editors wish the three adjustment types (two levers and one big knob) could join up with each other in a mutually agreeable location. MSN Autos calls the seats "impeccably sculpted," with "an excellent blend of comfort and support," though they gripe about the seat controls. There are other ergonomic issues, such as "smallish buttons for the new electronic interface" and "archaic cruise-control buttons and switches on the turn-signal lever." They're minor concerns; VW does provide "fantastic heated sport bucket seats" that are "arguably the best in this class," by Kelley Blue Book's reasoning. Automobile says "as before, the GTI offers an ideal driving position - in comfortable and supportive seats - and a steering wheel that you'll want to reach out and fondle," though they too take issue with control placement. Along with TheCarConnection.com, LeftLane News observes that "the climate dials...are difficult at best, to find your desired setting."
The 2010 GTI's rear-seating comfort, accessibility, and storage capacity are fine by the standards of car reviewers from around the Web. "Access to the rear seat is far easier in the four-door GTI," Edmunds says, and even the two-door "proves capable of periodic people-hauling duty, thanks to adequate backseat space and relatively painless entry and exit." In TheCarConnection.com's experience, the rear seats in a new GTI have enough head- and legroom, but become cramped when drivers move their seats back too far. Headroom is quite good in either body style, TCC editors report, though an "easy entry" seat belt holder on three-door models doesn't make the climb into the back much easier. LeftLane News thinks "the rear seats offer satisfying seat room," and Kelley Blue Book claims you won't have to "sacrifice comfort for four people or a roomy cargo hold."
That cargo area is somewhat flexible. The GTI's rear seats get their own armrest and adjustable headrests, but their neatest trick is to fold nearly flat, to open up the cargo area to a considerable size. MSN Autos says "the new GTI has inherited its predecessor's superb cargo bay under the rear hatch, with a volume that goes from 12.3 to 46 cubic feet if you flip down the 60/40 seat backs." They add, "It also has a fantastic pass-through that is more than large enough for a few pairs of skis or a couple of snowboards." The three-door and five-door differ only in trunk space, from "14.7 cubic feet" in the former to "15.1 for the two-door," states Automotive.com, which adds, "either number would do credit to a mid-size car." ConsumerGuide simply observes the GTI's "hatchback versatility with lots of useful cargo room and a low load floor," though it points out that the folding split rear seatbacks "don't lie flat."
Universally, reviewers rave over the GTI's interior materials and build quality. 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. However, noise control is average by some standards." Automobile finds "a slightly diesel-like coarseness just off idle," while ConsumerGuide observes "coarse pavement generates marked hum," and other reviews cite minor wind noise due to the upright shape. Edmunds echoes the majority sentiment when it says the GTI "imparts a feeling of solidity" that "one rarely finds in this segment."