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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The GTI comes with front and side airbags, a driver's side knee airbag, and front and rear curtain airbags. Side airbags for rear passengers can be chosen as an option. Electronic stability control is also standard. Like its predecessor it was awarded a five-star rating by Euro NCAP for adult occupant safety along with four stars for child safety. It was also given five stars under the new Euro NCAP crash rating scheme.

Introduced in 2009, the revised overall rating covers not only adult occupant safety but includes child and pedestrian safety along with a rear impact whiplash test.

The GTI has the same boot space as the standard Golf. It's also virtually identical to the previous version of the hot hatch with a minimum capacity of 350 litres, extending up to more than 1,300 litres with the rear seats folded. This isn't as large as other hatchbacks like the Ford Focus, but the tailgate offers slightly better access than on the previous model with a broader opening.

In the front the glove compartment and other storage areas are usefully large while the door pockets have sculpted bottle holders.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Golf GTI (09-12).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • 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
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows

GTI equipment

GTI standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
GTI optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows

GTi Edition 35 equipment

GTi Edition 35 standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
GTi Edition 35 optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows