Volkswagen Golf R review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front left static
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear right static
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 right static
  • Volkswagen Golf R Estate 2022 front right tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf R Estate 2022 front left static
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 headlight detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear light detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior front seats
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior driver display
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 boot open
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 front left static
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear right static
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 right static
  • Volkswagen Golf R Estate 2022 front right tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf R Estate 2022 front left static
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 headlight detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 rear light detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior front seats
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior driver display
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior detail
  • Volkswagen Golf R 2022 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

Question: Is the Volkswagen Golf R a sizzling hot hatch or estate car, or an out-and-out performance car? Well, this variant of the VW Golf happens to be all three.

You see, the 'R' is indecently powerful and savagely quick whether you go for the five-door hatchback or estate version. What it's not, though is inexpensive. Indeed, if you think the best hot hatches are all about cheap thrills, you might be taken aback when you see the price.

FAQs

  • If your budget can stretch to it, a Golf R is a much more exciting choice than a GTI. The R has more power, plus its clever four-wheel-drive system adds an additional layer of dynamism to the handling that a front-wheel drive GTI can’t match. Read more here

  • Indeed it is. Our testing suggests that even the already quick 4.6sec 0-62mph time might be a little conservative, and its limited top speed of 155mph is easily believable. The R 20 Years doesn't have a limiter and can hit 166mph. That’s seriously fast for any car, let alone a practical family car. Read more here

  • If you can afford a Golf R over a regular GTI, we think it's worth the extra. Price-wise, the Golf R sits between the Hyundai i30 N, Ford Focus ST and GTI, and the very quick (and far pricier) Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG A45. Read more here

  • It's the most potent of the production Golf range, with a far more powerful engine and a four-wheel-drive system you can't get in the standard car. There are also unique colour and interior trim bits that separate it from an R-Line trim Golf. Read more here

  • In basic terms, the R-Line is a Golf with sportier looks but not performance benefits. The Golf R has a far more powerful engine, giving far greater performance. It too has more aggressive exterior styling, but that all serves a greater purpose in terms of high-speed handling and better cooling for the engine. Read more here

At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £2,058
Target Price from £40,792
Save up to £2,058
or from £508pm
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From £20,840
Leasing deals
From £528pm
RRP price range £42,850 - £42,850
Number of trims (see all)1
Number of engines (see all)1
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 36.7 - 36.7
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £500 / £3,497
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £1,000 / £6,993
Available colours