This is the most radical departure from the previous generation of Golf. All models across the range are fitted with the ‘Innovision’ cockpit and in the UK a complimentary central screen (both of 10-inch dimension) with a three-year subscription to We Connect Plus, essentially providing a host of online services to the driver.
The driver binnacle screen is able to toggle through a variety of display modes, although all seem to have been designed by someone with a love of 1980s computer graphics, at least for the backgrounds. The central screen is used for, well, just about everything else, meaning there are very few physical buttons left in the interior of the Golf. The overall effect is certainly clean but also somehow spartan, like the entry-level cars of old which would have switch blanks covering up the areas where higher spec features were missing.
As usual, far too many buttons have migrated to the steering wheel. Whereas once this was a sensible safety development because it meant less time looking away from the road ahead, now there are enough of them crammed into a small space that they divert attention instead. Still, the adjustability of both wheel and the seat mean a good driving position can be had, although the chair itself is a bit flat and featureless. Both the rear seat and bootspace are up to the job. If you really need an SUV for everyday life then you need to buy the Marie Kondo book. And then give it away afterwards obviously.