Volkswagen Golf R

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New Volkswagen Golf R

When it comes to performance models, there are few which are held in quite such high esteem as Volkswagen’s all-conquering Golf R. The previous-generation was arguably the most successful to date, bringing all-wheel-drive capability to the masses.

Now, there’s a new one. Underpinned by a new platform being used on the latest eight-generation Golf, it promises to be the most capable yet. Let’s dive in and find out what it’s like.

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What's the difference between a Golf R and Golf R-Line?

The Golf R-Line is a trim level available on the Golf, whereas the Golf R is a performance Golf model. 

Features of the Golf R:

  • 'R' styling pack - uniquely shaped front and rear bumpers and side sills
  • 4 Wheel drive - 4Motion
  • Q.LIGHT - LED Matrix headlamps with LED sep. daytime running light, dynamic cornering light and dynamic turn signal
  • 18" Jerez Black diamond turned alloy wheels
  • "Discover Media" Navigation including Streaming and Internet


As we’ve already mentioned, the Golf R sits on a brand-new platform which also sits under the standard Golf. As a result, the interior of the R is more spacious than ever before, with clever packaging ensuring that cabin occupants have got enough room to stretch out. 

There are also large sports seats up front for better support, while carbon-fibre-effect panels have been used throughout the cabin for a go-faster feel. It’s an interior which is dominated by screen and displays, but we’ll look at those in a little more detail later on. 


Though the exterior of the R is new, it’s still recognisable as one of Volkswagen’s performance models. The hallmarks - like a quad exhaust system - remain while standard-fit 18-inch alloy wheels give the car plenty of presence. There are also chrome mirror housings - another trademark feature found on the previous Golf R - while the car’s ride height has been dropped by 20mm over the standard car. 

Drivers also have the option to upgrade those wheels to larger 19-inch versions, while semi-slick track tyres can be fitted too. 


As we mentioned earlier, the interior of the Golf R is absolutely jam-packed with tech. It’s based around a 10-inch infotainment system which uses Volkswagen’s latest software, and it’s here where you’ll access all primary media functions, as well as controls for your phone and - in this button-less new world - the heating and ventilation controls.

It’s backed up by a large digital cockpit screen which sits ahead of the driver. The readout features plenty of customisation options and you’ll be able to relay all sorts of information through it. Not only speed and revs, but satellite navigation readouts and media settings. 


Here’s where the Golf R really gets into its stride. It’s powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a massive 316bhp. Driven to all four wheels through a DSG automatic gearbox, it means that the R can go from 0-60mph in just 4.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 155mph (increasing to 168 mph with the optional R-Performance pack).

Volkswagen has also equipped the Golf R with a clever all-wheel-drive system which can actively distribute torque through either axle in order to deliver the most grip. A new ‘Drift’ mode can put all of the engine’s power to the rear wheels, too, for an even more exciting driving experience. 

Contact Swansway Volkswagen

You can reach our Volkswagen dealership in Crewe on 01270 864447 , Wrexham on 01978 800554 or Oldham on 01618258011. Alternatively, you can submit an enquiry and we'll get back to you as soon as we can

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Alloys 18"
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Petrol Engine 2.0-litre turbocharged
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Maximum Speed 155mph

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