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There’s no prizes for guessing that the VW Golf GTI safety results have been exemplary, the car being awarded the maximum five-stars for its test by Euro NCAP.

That’s partly down to the seven airbags fitted as standard to this car, but also for the array of other safety devices to be found within the VW.

On top of the usual ESP stability system, the Golf GTI also comes with Automatic Post-Collision Braking which applies the stoppers to a car immediately after an accident, lessening the chance of making contact with other vehicles in the aftermath.

There’s also a Pre-Crash system which tensions seatbelts and closes the gap on opened windows and sunroofs to improve the effectiveness of the airbags if a crash is imminent.

It’s easier to avoid a bump thanks to the Front Assist and City Emergency Braking which warn the driver if the car in front is getting too close and braking the car to a halt if it stops in front of them (if travelling at less than 18mph).

A road sign recognition program detects speed limits and displays them on the dashboard and Light Assist controls the high and low beam output automatically in the face of oncoming traffic. Dynamic Light Assist does the same, but keeps high beam on above 37mph and simply masks the output only where it will potentially disturb other road users.

Lane Assist keeps you on track when travelling on the motorway, and finally there’s Automatic Distance Control, a radar based cruise control that will maintain a set distance from the vehicle in front. A Driver Alert system monitors the driver’s concentration levels and recommends stopping for a break if needs be too.

VW Golf GTI practicality; traditionally something of a strong point for this car, and there’s no change with the new model.

There’s ample door bins, and with typical attention to detail their lined interior ensures that items don’t rattle around.

In front of the gearlever there’s a covered cubby, which also houses the iPod/USB connector and keeps your device out of sight.

Underneath the front armrest is a sizable storage area, while the glovebox is a decent size as well – you’ll also notice it is fully lined too.

Adults can travel comfortably in the back too, and the five-door option – remember the Astra VXR and RenaultSport Megane are three-door only – means getting in and out is made easy too.

And while boot size has never been the VW Golf’s strongpoint the GTI’s 380-litres of space is better than the 316-litres found in the Ford Focus ST. Dropping the split-fold rear bench increases this to 1,270-litres.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • 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
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

Clubsport 40 equipment

Clubsport 40 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Clubsport 40 optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

Clubsport S equipment

Clubsport S standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Sat Nav
Clubsport S optional equipment
None available

GTI equipment

GTI standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
GTI optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav