It's tough to get excited about a compact hatchback, but Volkswagen's Golf impresses. It's a vehicle that delivers the best of both worlds. Its peppy engine and engaging road manners make it fun to drive on even the most boring errand runs, while its hatchback body style and accessible Latch anchors make it flexible enough to be able to handle grocery shopping runs and school drop-off duty. So how did the Volkswagen Golf handle child seats and their installation?
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
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- Latch, grade A: The two sets of lower anchors sit under pop-off plastic covers in the Golf's backseat and are easy to use. The three top tether anchors sit on the seatback of the Golf; the outboard ones are midway down, while the middle one is at the top. All are clearly marked for easy connection in the rear of the VW Golf.
- Infant seat, grade B: This seat was easy to install in the rear, but we had to move the Volkswagen's front seat forward a bit to accommodate our 5-foot-6-inch front passenger.
- Rear-facing convertible, grade A: This seat was also easy to install and didn't take up as much room in the VW Golf as the infant seat. We were able to move the car's front passenger seat back for a bit more legroom.
- Forward-facing convertible, grade A: In forward mode, the seat went in easily and fit well in the VW after we removed the vehicle's rear head restraint.
- Booster, grade B: The seat fit well after we raised the vehicle's head restraint. The buckles are on stable stalks in this model of VW, which makes them easier to connect to, but the stalks are flush with the car's seat-bottom cushion, making them tougher for kids to grasp.
Solid indicates an A grade for optimum ease of use and fit. So-So indicates B or C grades for one to two ease-of-use or fit issues. Skip It indicates D or F grades.
A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn't impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.
B: One room, fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.
C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access third row when available.
D: Insufficient room, plus multiple fit or connection issues.
F: Does not fit or is unsafe.
About Cars.com's Car Seat Checks
Editors Jennifer Geiger, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz are certified child safety seat installation technicians.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.
We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.
Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.
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