Volkswagen Golf R review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:petrol
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RRP £39,295What Car? Target Price from£37,221
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Introduction

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Is the Volkswagen Golf R a hot hatch, or is it actually a proper performance car that just happens to be wrapped up in a practical hatchback body?

It’s a genuine question with no right or wrong answer, because the latest Golf R is indecently powerful and savagely quick. Indeed, it can out-accelerate V8-powered Audi R8 from just a decade ago.

But if you think hot hatches are supposed to be about cheap thrills, you might raise an eyebrow when you see the price. Sure, the Golf R costs considerably less than the mighty Mercedes-AMG A45, but it’s priced roughly in line with similarly fast and arguably more premium alternatives, including the Audi S3 and BMW M135i.

Your money goes towards some serious kit, though. The Golf’s R 2.0-litre turbocharged engine packs 316bhp – more than the S3 and M135i can muster – and that power is transferred to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Officially, that combination can hurl this range-topping Golf to 62mph in just 4.7sec, but in our own tests it comfortably beat that time.

So, the Volkswagen Golf R is clearly fast – but how much fun is it to drive? Is it as easy to live with as a common or garden Golf? And is it a better buy than its closest rivals, namely the S3 and M135i?

We’ll be answering all of those questions and more in this VW Golf R review, so just click through to the next page to start reading. And when you’ve decided which hot hatch you want to buy, head over to our New Car Buying service for big savings on the Golf R and hundreds of other models, without having to lift a finger.

At a glance

Number of trims1 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? petrol
MPG range across all versions36.2 - 36.2
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£461 / £2,913
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£922 / £5,827

How much is it?

RRP price £39,295
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