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

Width, length, height, boot size and interior space: every important measurement for the Volkswagen Golf GTI is here

Matt Rigby
Oct 19, 2021

You might find that the Volkswagen Golf GTI is the first name that springs to mind when you think of a high-performance hot hatch. And that’s with good reason. For decades now it’s been almost the default choice for anyone looking for driving fun, reasonable running costs and space for the family.

It’s also a classless car - plush without being overly flashy, and humble enough to pass muster as an ordinary family car while still appealing to those who want an upmarket badge and a high-quality feel in their car.

This version of the VW Golf GTI was launched in 2020, but it’s almost identical in its dimensions inside and out to the previous model. You can find the Volkswagen Golf GTI on BuyaCar from £0 per month with PCP finance. Read on for more details about its dimensions and boot space to decide if it's the right car for you.


Volkswagen Golf GTI dimensions

The VW Golf GTI is 4.3 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and just under 1.5 metres tall. This makes it almost identical in size, inside and out, to competitors like the Ford Focus ST and BMW 128ti.

Being based on the regular Golf, this means that space inside is exactly what you’d expect of a medium-sized family hatchback - it's impressively practical for a car of this size, though larger, more practical alternatives are available.

There’s plenty of headroom and legroom for those in the front, and the rear seats offer an equally good amount of space. If you’re particularly tall and find yourself sitting behind another tall person, legroom is a little limited, and sitting three adults in the back is something of a tight squeeze, but you’d say the same of pretty much any rival.

One rival that’s noticeably bigger, however, is the Skoda Octavia vRS. This is more than 40 centimetres longer - and with a lot more interior space as a consequence. Despite the size difference, the Octavia vRS is closely related to the Golf GTI - with both cars sharing their engines and many bits of equipment - so if you like the Golf but it's simply not big enough for you, the Octavia could be the answer.

VW Golf GTI4,287mm1,789mm1,478mm

Volkswagen Golf GTI boot space

Volkswagen Golf GTI boot view

With almost 380 litres of boot space, the VW Golf GTI offers loads of carrying capacity for a performance car, but about what you would expect from a hot hatch of this size. By way of comparison, the Ford Focus ST can carry 375 litres of stuff in its boot, but the Hyundai i30 N has a load capacity of 395 litres.

If you want a hot hatch with ultimate carrying capacity, however, the one to go for is a Skoda Octavia vRS, which can provide a whopping 600 litres of boot space. There is even an estate version of the Octavia vRS, which offers even greater practicality, so if the Golf isn't large enough for you, you may want to consider the Octavia.

Boot spaceSeats upSeats down
VW Golf GTI374 litres1,230 litres


Volkswagen Golf GTI towing capacity

The VW Golf GTI isn't the most obvious tow car, as a relatively small, high-performance machine, however it can haul up to 1,600kg, which is a reasonably strong amount for this type of car. Do be aware, though, that it is not recommended to tow anything that weighs more than your car’s kerb weight.

Therefore, for serious towing duties, going for a VW Tiguan SUV or even the larger Touareg, if you can stretch to it, might make more sense, as these are available with strong engines and also weigh more, making them more suited to towing heavy loads.

Volkswagen Golf GTI weight

Volkswagen Golf GTI front three quarters view

The kerb weight of a car shows how heavy it’s likely to be in the real world. This means the figure accounts for 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 the particular models. Four-wheel drive and automatic gearboxes add weight, for example, as does the battery pack required in a plug-in hybrid car. In general, the heavier a car is, the less nimble it will feel and the more fuel it will use, but this can be offset to some extent with suspension settings and more engine power.

In the case of the VW Golf GTI, the kerb weight is 1,463kg. This means that it isn't the lightest car of its type, but it does weigh less than most alternatives that include four-wheel-drive, such as the faster Golf R and Audi S3 models. 

VW Golf GTI1,463kg



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