High expectations here, and easily met. A sizeable constituent within Volkswagen’s customer base buy its cars (and the Golf specifically) because the interior quality and corresponding aesthetic hoist the cabin ambience out of the mainstream.
Remarkably, this is done without fawning too dramatically at the premium brands’ coat tails; instead, the just-so sweetness of the ergonomics and a design blueprint devoid of ostentation are entrusted to convey that all-important waft of understated class. In that respect, the Mk7 is a chip off the block.
VW insists that every element of this interior was redeveloped or redesigned over its predecessor's, but the innate conservatism of the surroundings means you’d struggle to put your finger on what exactly has changed without immediate reference to the Mk6 .
The centre console has been angled even more aggressively towards the driver, but it is probably the multimedia centre at its heart which is worthy of greater attention.
In a potent sign of the times, the trim levels come with more equipment than before, with the entry-level S comes equipped with LED day-running lights, automatic post-collision braking, city emergency braking and electronic locking differential as standard. Inside there is manual air conditioning, a cooled glovebox and Volkswagen's Composition infotainment system complete with 8.0in touchscreen display, DAB radio, and USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
SE cars come with more luxuries such as automatic wipers, lights and dimming rear-view mirror, adaptive cruise control, all round parking sensors, 16in alloy wheels and smartphone integration, while opting for the SE Nav sees the inclusion of sat nav, three-year subscription to VW's online services and an application to control the infotainment system via a tablet or smartphone.
GT-trimmed Golfs come fitted with 17in alloy wheels, sports suspension, LED foglights, tinted rear windows, front sports seats and interior ambient lighting, while opting for an R-Line model gives the Golf a more aggressive exterior and interior. The sportier GTD gets more sporting attire, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, a 12.3in Active Info digital instrument cluster, heated front seats and 15mm lowered sports suspension, while fleet drivers will be pleased to see the GTD Blueline added to the range which sees emissions cut 6-7g/km by the fitment of 17in alloy wheels.