Volkswagen Golf (2020-present): dimensions and boot space

All the interior dimensions, width, length, height and boot size figures you could need to decide if the VW Golf is big enough for you

Matt Rigby
Sep 3, 2021

For many drivers the Volkswagen Golf is a kind of default choice. But that’s not a bad thing, or even damning it with faint praise. The Golf a popular car because it fits seamlessly into almost anybody’s motoring life. Plus it has a classless style that makes it equally fitting outside the home of a baron as it would that of a brickie.

The Golf is available as a five-door hatchback or as an estate, but it’s the hatchback version of the Golf we’re concentrating on here. If you’re in the market for one of these, it’s likely that you’ll also be looking at other mainstream family hatchbacks. These include the Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla, which have slightly smaller boots, and the Peugeot 308 and Skoda Octavia, which have larger boots.

The Golf might also be on your shopping list if you’re considering premium models like the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class, as it very much straddles mainstream and premium markets both in terms of price and how desirable it is.

This version of the VW Golf was launched in 2020, but it’s almost identical in its dimensions inside and out to the previous model. This means that it's not the largest car of this type, though it offers plenty of interior and boot space compared with similarly sized alternatives. Read on for more details about its dimensions and boot space.


Volkswagen Golf dimensions

The VW Golf is 4.3 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and just under 1.5 metres tall. This puts it at the same size to within a few millimetres in all directions as its main competitors. This means that the levels of space inside are perfectly reasonable.

There’s plenty of headroom and legroom for those in the front, while the rear seats are also reasonably accommodating. Taller people may struggle for legroom if another tall person is sitting in front of them, and three-abreast seating in the back makes for a bit of a squeeze, but for most people after a medium hatchback, the Golf is impressively practical.

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback4,284mm1,789mm1,491mm

Volkswagen Golf boot space

With 380 litres of boot space, the VW Golf is par for the course with this type of car. It offers slightly more room than the 375 litres you get in a Ford Focus, and the 370 litres you’ll find in the boot of the Mercedes A-Class (all measured up to the load cover). It’s also exactly the same as the Audi A3, Seat Leon and BMW 1 Series offer.

If you’re after more room for luggage, the Kia Ceed gives you 395 litres and the Skoda Octavia a substantial 590 litres - though the Octavia is a larger car (although it is very closely related to the Golf under the skin, as Skoda is part of the same company as VW). Fold the Golf's rear seats down and there’s 1,237 litres of space.

A word of warning, though - the batteries for the plug-in hybrid versions eat into boot space to the tune of 100 litres, which is worth bearing in mind, if you're after maximum practicality.

Boot spaceSeats upSeats down
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback381 litres1,237 litres


Volkswagen Golf towing capacity

You may not expect a medium hatchback like the VW Golf to offer the greatest towing capacity but, depending on the model, it can haul between 1,400kg and 1,800kg, which is strong for a car of this size. Do be aware, though, that it is not recommended to tow anything that weighs more than your car’s kerb weight.

For serious towing duties, VW SUVs like the VW Tiguan or even the larger Touareg, if you can afford them, might make more sense. That's because they can tow greater amounts and, as they weigh more, are more suited to towing a heavy load.

Towing capacityBraked
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback1,400kg - 1,800kg

Volkswagen Golf weight

The kerb weight of a car shows how heavy a car is likely to be in the real world. This includes all the fluids in the engine, a tank of fuel and an extra 75kg to represent the weight of a driver.

The weight of any range of cars will vary depending on the specification of that particular model. Four-wheel drive and automatic gearboxes add weight, for example, as does the battery pack required for a plug-in hybrid car. In general, the heavier a car is, the less nimble it will feel when cornering and the more fuel it will use, but this can be offset to some extent with suspension settings, more power and more efficient engines.

In the case of the VW Golf, the kerb weight ranges from 1,255kg to 1,465kg, although the plug-in hybrid models weigh up to 1,624kg. These figures are typical for this type of car, though the figure for the plug-in hybrid is heavier than you'd expect for a car of this size.

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback1,255kg - 1,624kg



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