Volkswagen The Golf R

5/5
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Verdict

The hottest and fastest Volkswagen Golf ever produced, the Golf R still manages to strike a balance between ultimate performance hot hatchery and family practicality.

Performance

The Volkswagen Golf R is fitted with a turbo charged 2.0 litre four cylinder engine producing a hefty 300bhp. It is mated to a 6-speed manual as standard with the option of a DSG semi-automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted flappy paddles. It is also fitted with 4-Motion all-wheel-drive aiding it to accelerate to 100kmh from a standstill in 5.0 seconds flat. It feels blisteringly fast particularly with the seamless DSG fitted. The car feels so capable and literally eats it way toward the horizon. But it is also perfectly happy to ramnle around town at an idle. It is one very sophisticated machine.

Ride & Handling

As well as having considerably more horse power than the GTI, the R also has more torque at 380Nm. Its reworked turbo charged 2.0 litre enables it to rev more freely at the top end too, increasing the power band. It really feels like quite a different driving experience to the GTI. Its 4-Motion technology means cornering is more efficient and grip is endless making you feel like you can use all of the cars performance. Its composed body control and precise steering do replicate that of the GTI’s, but the R feels more planted in every scenario.

Refinement

Like the GTI, the R also gets unique styling cues. The defining feature of the Golf R makes it unmistakable from a rear view. It gets a quad exhaust system with four large exhaust pipes, two at each side nestled in the rear diffuser style rear bumper. The R gets a silver pinstripe on the front grille in place of the GTI’s iconic red one and its own unique 18 inch alloy wheels. Like the GTI it is quite understated too, but this is half of its appeal. The interior also gets an R twist with bucket seats with an emblazoned R logo with the option of leather R racing seats too. It also gets a flat bottomed sports steering wheel with R logo and contrast blue stitching throughout the cars trim.

Quality & Reliability

The Volkswagen Golf has always been the benchmark when it comes to family hatchbacks and the R is no different. The interior design and quality of the Golf is of a very high standard. The use of quality materials and contrast aluminium style inserts and black trimmings ooze quality and sporty appeal. The Golf R, like the GTI is one of the most subtle styled hot hatches on the market, but when it comes to interior style and quality, no rivals come close. From the steering wheel and seats to the high standard of quality of materials used, it has the finish of a premium marque.

Safety & Security

The standard Golf on which the R is based, scored highly in Euro NCAP crash testing with a full five star rating. The R is kitted with similar safety technology, but gets bigger brakes and 4-Motion technology as standard. Other features include electronic stability control, post-collision braking system stopping the car from carrying on into a second collision, tyre pressure monitor, ISO-FIX and a full set of airbags. Further optional safety items include, hill assist, emergency braking system, seat belt tensioners and auto close of windows and sunroof if a collision is detected.

Space & Practicality

The Golf R is available in three or five door guise. All models sit on the MQB platform which means space is good inside too. There is generous head and legroom for rear seat passengers fitting three adults comfortably. The five door model makes access to the rear even easier and is more suited, if a choice for small families. Cabin storage space is decent too with a central cubby under the armrest, cooled glovebox and storage beneath the front seats. Boot space is still the same as the standard Golf and GTI at 380 litres. This can also be increased to 1270 litres with the rear bench folded flat.

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Key Facts

Make

Volkswagen

Model
The Golf R
Variant
GOLF R 2.0TSI 3DR 300HP 4MOTION
Trim
Golf R
Car Category
Performance Cars
First Launched
2014
Engine (L)
2.0
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
Manual
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€42,890
CBG Expert Rating
5.0

Running Costs

Tax
€570
Tax Band
D
L/100km Combined
7.1
Average km/L
14.1
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
55
Fuel Tank Range
775 km
Cost of filling a tank
€72.27
Average Cost Per 200 km
€18.66
CO2 emmissions
165 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
300 bhp
Max Power kW
224
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1984
Engine Cylinders
4
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
249 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
5.1 s

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
3
Seats
5
Boot capacity
343 L
Air Conditioning
Yes
Automatic Parking
No
Bluetooth
Available as optional extra
Height Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
No
Power Steering
Yes
Rear Cup Holders
No
Reversing Camera
No
USB Connectivity
Available as optional extra

Warranty

All Components
3 Year vehicle warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year vehicle warranty
Car Body
12 Years Anti-Perforation
Paintwork
3 Years on paintwork
Mileage
90000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Yes

Interior Comfort

Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
Yes
Front Cup Holders
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
343 L
Tyre size front
225/40 R18 mm
Tyre size back
225/40 R18 mm

Technical Information

Power
300 bhp
4 Variants
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Hatchback
€42,890
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears Manual
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 343 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 300 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 5.1 s
  • New Price €42,890
Hatchback
€43,915
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears Manual
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 343 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 300 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 5.1 s
  • New Price €43,915
Hatchback
€44,720
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears Automatic
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 343 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 300 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 4.9 s
  • New Price €44,720
Hatchback
€45,750
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears Automatic
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 343 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 300 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 4.9 s
  • New Price €45,750