Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TSI 320 R 4Motion 5dr DSG Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

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Volkswagen Golf 2021 Mk8 front tracking
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  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 rear seats
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD infotainment
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD front left tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD left panning
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  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD front end detail
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  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD dashboard detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD instrument cluster
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD boot open
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 Mk8 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 rear panning
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 dashboard
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 rear seats
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD infotainment
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD front left tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD left panning
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD front right static
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD rear right static
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD front end detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD rear end detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD dashboard detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD instrument cluster
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD boot open
RRP £42,695What Car? Target Price£40,745
Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors

There’s no doubt that the VW Golf is still a highly recommendable option in the family car class, thanks in part to its solid blend of ride and handling and the frugality promised by its petrol engines, especially the 1.5 TSI 150. But there are cheaper rivals that are more spacious inside and better to drive, such as the Ford Focus and Seat Leon, and premium rivals with better infotainment systems and higher-grade interiors, like the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A Class.

There’s only one trim level for the Golf R and it gives you plenty of standard goodies, including adaptive cruise control, matrix LED headlights, three-zone climate control and wireless phone-charging. You'll have to pay extra if you want any colour other than white, though.

The Golf’s R 2.0-litre turbocharged engine packs 316bhp – more than the Audi S3 and BMW M135i can muster – and that power is transferred to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. In our tests, 0-60mph took just 4.3 seconds in the hatch and 4.4sec in the estate.


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Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH4.7 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO

Available colours

MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

36.7

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

374

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

176

g/km