What Car? says...
There was a time when the hot hatch was a simpler affair; you had your standard hatchback models, then a hot range-topping version. These days, that’s not enough, because the Volkswagen Golf has its iconic hot GTI as well as this even more potent Golf R range topper.
The R variant adds four-wheel drive for better traction and boosts power from VW's 2.0 TSI petrol engine to 296bhp, which VW claims can deliver a 0-62mph time of well under five seconds. And, of course, there's still all the usual creature comforts you'd associate with a Golf.
But is the Golf R a good hot hatchback? That's what we'll tell you as you click through this review. And we can even assist you in finding a great deal through our What Car? New Car Buying service.