Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Golf R's starting price is well above the likes of the Honda Civic Type R and Renault Mégane RS. And although you might expect the VW badge to guarantee slow depreciation, our experts actually predict it will shed value quicker than both of those rivals.
Fuel economy is reasonable for such a powerful car, but expect a Civic Type R to return more miles to the gallon. Then again, the Golf R should be the slightly cheaper car to insure.
Every Golf R comes with a three-year warranty, but Volkswagen didn’t perform brilliantly in our latest reliability survey, finishing in 22nd out of 32 manufacturers included. However, VW does offer the chance to break down your service costs into more manageable monthly instalments.
The Golf managed five stars in its Euro NCAP safety crash testing and you get the important safety aid of automatic emergency braking as standard; lane-keeping assistance and blindspot warning are part of an optional pack. Security firm Thatcham Research rated the Golf very highly for its ability to keep thieves out and from driving it away.
For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here
The Up GTI is the best budget hot hatch you can buy
The Abarth 595 is startlingly quick and wonderfully stylish, b...
The Suzuki Swift Sport is well equipped and fun to drive, but...
Impressive point-to-point pace, confidence inspiring dynamics...