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It has already been likened to the Audi S3, but its £29,900 pricetag is slightly below its rival's £30,640.
This is possible due to the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that produces 296bhp, delivered through a part-time four-wheel drive system.
When it comes to efficiency, the DSG-equipped version of the Golf R leads the way over its manual counterpart, boasting a fuel economy of 40.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 165g/km.
A fifth-generation Haldex 4MOTION four-wheel drive system. is in place in the new Golf R version, which means that under low loads or when coasting, the rear axle is decoupled, helping to contribute to that high fuel economy figure.
Drive to the rear axle can be engaged in fractions of a second via the Haldex coupling, which is actuated by an electro-hydraulic pump. Almost 100 per cent of power can be transferred to the rear axle.
In terms of design, the new model has been differentiated from previous versions with the addition of a redefined front bumper, with large air inlets, modified radiator grille with ‘R’ logo and daytime running lights that are integrated into the standard bi-xenon headlights.