• Open up and say R

    Volkswagen Golf R

  • Rated R
  • Rated R
  • Rated R
  • Rated R
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  • Ride the lightning
  • Powerrrrrr
  • Powerrrrrr
  • Once more, with fueling
  • VW Golf R
  • Open up and say R

    Volkswagen Golf R

  • Rated R

    Rated R

  • Rated R

    Rated R

  • Rated R

    Rated R

  • Rated R

    Rated R

  • Internal Affairs

    Internal Affairs

  • Internal Affairs

    Internal Affairs

  • Internal Affairs

    Internal Affairs

  • Internal Affairs

    Internal Affairs

  • Ride the lightning

    Ride the lightning

  • Powerrrrrr

    Powerrrrrr

  • Powerrrrrr

    Powerrrrrr

  • Once more, with fueling

    Once more, with fueling

  • VW Golf R

    VW Golf R

This here’s the new Golf R (think of it as the GTI’s madder brother), the hottest production Golf ever to come from the fevered minds over at Volkswagen’s skunkworks, R GmbH.

It comes armed with a 2-litre turbocharged engine similar to the one used on the ‘lesser’ GTI, but in the R’s case, it’s been tuned to produce 280bhp, or 60bhp more. Torque is also up over the GTI – 350Nm versus 380Nm. And it also rests on all-new mechanical underpinnings, along with an improved all-wheel-drive system.

So what does all this car nerd gibberish mean, exactly? It means that the new Golf R has performance that will make you sit up and say “R” (or “AHHHHH”).

Rated R

Rated R

Rated R

Rated R

Rated R

Rated R

Rated R

Rated R

Rated R

Aside from the floor-scraping ride height (it’s 20mm lower than standard Golfs), quad tailpipes, and appropriately racy bodykit, the hottest Golf on sale today doesn’t exactly shout about its performance potential. Against the GTI, which has a garish red stripe bisecting its grille, the R’s silver grille strip and notable lack of bodywork makes it look remarkably subdued. Whether this is a good thing or not is entirely dependent on your point of view.

The surest way of telling the Golf R isn’t your average Golf (if you’re too far away to spot the R badges) is how it’s sporting a pair of LED daytime running lights in each headlight cluster. Lesser Golfs, the GTI included, get just one, or (the horror) none at all.

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Internal Affairs

As with its exterior, the Golf R’s understated interior belies how fast the car can go. Even the glossy black trim strips, R badge on the steering wheel, and R-exclusive Race driving mode (the GTI’s most hardcore mode is Sport) do little to lift the sense of occasion. Of course, being a range-topper, there’s a whole host of goodies as standard, including a touchscreen infotainment system with an 8in screen, and a sat-nav system. 

It’s also a good thing the Golf R comes with deep, supportive buckets seats. Otherwise, you’d be sliding all over the place when driving it hard, to say nothing of how silly you’d look with your face plastered on the windows.

Ride the lightning

Ride the lightning

Ride the lightning

Yes, the way the Golf R clears its throat on startup and the lovely rumble screams “performance”, but drive it gently and you’ll be forgiven for wondering what the fuss is all about. There’s a lovely float to the proceedings, and it positively glides across even severely scarred tarmac. However, open the throttle and marvel at how the car still has that unruffled cool, and you might also realise the scenery has suddenly become very blurry too. A selection of drive modes also helps to tailor the ride to your current mood.

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Once more, with fueling

Once more, with fueling

Once more, with fueling

Perhaps the most amazing thing about the Golf R is how, in spite of delivering performance comparable to a supercar from a decade or so ago, it can return fuel economy and CO2 emission figures equivalent to a supermini from the same era. The Golf R claims to be able to return 14.1km/L and emits just 164g/km, which isn’t too shabby at all. That’s almost as good as some regular compacts today.

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Volkswagen Golf R review

The hottest Golf ever is quite a spicy thing indeed
Open up and say R

Volkswagen Golf R

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Good Stuff 
Incredible speed and handling
Is just as comfortable being a regular car
Tremendously fun to drive
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Lacking in drama
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