2022 Volkswagen Golf R Estate: verdict and specs

Fast, good to drive and now available with a much bigger boot; is the Volkswagen Golf R Estate a winner?...

VW Golf R estate rear corner

Verdict

We appreciate the price is relatively high for a Volkswagen Golf, but when compared with what it’s up against, this Golf R estate makes a strong case for itself. The Cupra Leon 310 estate is the R's most obvious rival, and despite having fancy adaptive suspension as standard and a slightly more special interior, the Leon doesn't handle quite as neatly or as entertainingly. The Cupra will also cost you more in terms of depreciation compared with the Golf R, despite it costing you less to buy in the first place.

When it comes to less obvious rivals, the similarly priced BMW 330i Touring is slower and not as powerful, and while the Ford Focus ST Estate is similarly versatile, the Golf R blows it into the weeds when it comes to performance. But then again it should, given the price difference. And let's not forget, express delivery has always cost extra.

For more information about the Volkswagen Golf Estate range, check out our detailed review.

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Volkswagen Golf R estate

Price £44,535 Engine 4cyl, 1984cc, turbocharged, petrol Power 316bhp  Torque 310lb ft Gearbox 7-spd auto 0-62mph 4.9sec Top speed 155mph Official economy 36.0mpg (WLTP) CO2, tax band 178g/km, 37%


Rivals:

Ford Focus ST
Cupra Leon


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