In terms of list price, the Golf is priced slightly higher than an Audi S3 but less than BMW’s M135i. If you’re in the lucky position to be offered a hot hatch through work, the R makes a relatively good case for itself, emitting less CO2 than the likes of the BMW, and therefore keeping its company car tax costs sensible each month.
The R’s engine might be powerful, but private and company car buyers alike will like the fact that it manages to stay reasonably frugal for a turbocharged unit.
Every R comes with a three-year warranty, but Volkswagen didn’t perform brilliantly in the latest round of reliability surveys. However, VW does offer the chance to break down your service payment into more manageable monthly instalments. The Golf also managed five stars in its Euro NCAP safety crash testing, though, and security firm Thatcham rate it very highly for its ability to keep thieves outside and from driving it away.