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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5


4 out of 5 4.0

As the range-topping model in the Golf line-up it's no surprise the GTI comes well equipped. Standard kit includes ESP stability control, electric windows, two-zone air conditioning, 17-inch Monza alloy wheels, front sports seats, Isofix child seat mounting points, aluminium pedals, sports suspension, twin exhaust pipes, a rear spoiler, CD stereo, six airbags, immobiliser and automatic lights and wipers.

Xenon headlamps, parking sensors and sat nav are factory-fit options.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Golf GTI (05-08).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows

Edition 30 equipment

Edition 30 standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Partial leather seat trim
Edition 30 optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Rear electric windows

GTI equipment

GTI standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
GTI optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

GTI [Lthr] equipment

GTI [Lthr] standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
GTI [Lthr] optional equipment
None available

Pirelli equipment

Pirelli standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
Pirelli optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows


4.5 out of 5 4.5

Safety is among the best in class. In addition to a five-star Euro NCAP rating, there are six airbags, three head restraints in the back, seatbelt pre-tensioners, an electronic stability programme and emergency brake assist. Security features include deadlocks, an immobiliser, alarm and a unique-fit stereo.

Euro NCAP Rating

The Volkswagen Golf GTI (05-08) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Pedestrian - 3 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Golf GTI manages to fuse affordable performance with everyday practicality - making it a realistic choice for family buyers. Even the three-door is easy to get in-and-out-of and has adequate legroom but as you'd expect the five-door is a better option if the rear seats are in regular use. There's a decent size boot and split folding rear seats while cabin stowage is plentiful with large door pockets and twin cupholders.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Volkswagen Golf GTI (05-08) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Honda Civic Type-R (07-10) 485 litres
Ford Focus ST (06-10) 385 litres
Volkswagen Golf GTI (05-08) 350 litres
SEAT Leon Cupra (07-11) 341 litres

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