Volkswagen Golf R review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

Volkswagen Golf R 2022 interior infotainment
  • 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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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Volkswagen Golf R's price – roughly the same as its premium rivals the Audi S3 and BMW M135i – might raise eyebrows, but there are some mitigating circumstances. It has a more powerful engine and comes with more standard equipment, including adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and three-zone climate control (with controls for back-seat passengers).

Mind you, you have to pay extra if you want a paint colour other than white or heated seats. There are plenty of other options worth considering, including adaptive suspension (DCC). The R Performance Pack adds larger 19in alloy wheels (you get 18s as standard), increases the top speed to 166mph and adds a gimmicky drift mode, but it's pricey so we'd think carefully about adding it.

Overview

Fast and more fun than its direct rivals, but the Golf R doesn’t come cheap and won’t thrill you quite like a Toyota GR Yaris.

  • Savagely fast
  • More fun than the Audi S3 and BMW M135i
  • Comfortable ride, especially with optional adaptive suspension
  • Won’t thrill you like the very best hot hatches
  • Lacklustre interior and infotainment for a car of this price
  • Relatively expensive to buy and run
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