Used Volkswagen Golf R for Sale

Used Volkswagen Golf R models for sale in Crewe, Oldham and Wrexham

The Volkswagen Golf R offers you a little more of that track day thrill to the used car search.

An introduction to the VW Golf R

The Volkswagen Golf is one of the most recognisable cars on the market and one of the world’s best-selling hatchbacks. While there is plenty to write home about when considering the benefits of the standard Golf, the VW Golf R is a step up in class and performance. Designed to inject the thrills of a track day experience into any drive, the Golf R is an ideal option for buyers looking to combine practicality with style and speed. VW’s fastest Golf, the Golf R is the standout performer in its class.

The evolution of the Volkswagen Golf R

If you’re on the hunt for a used hot hatch, the Volkswagen Golf R is tough to beat. Originally released in 2009, the VW Golf R was built on the successes of the R32, hailed as the most powerful Golf to grace the tarmac at its launch in 2002. The VW Golf R represented a more technically advanced and sportier version than the standard Golf, which had already become a global phenomenon by this point. The R version has evolved into an even more impressive beast as a result of technological advances and features designed to enhance driver experience and increase speed and acceleration.

Offering sharper handling, a smoother ride, premium touches and interiors and unrivalled agility, this speedy model hit the headlines every time VW released a new generation. The VW Golf R has evolved from a 3-door manual, which offered an alternative to the much-loved Golf GTI, to a range of 5-door manuals and automatics packed with features and options that offer up to 300 PS.

Today, the VW Golf R is still very much a hot hatch that likes to break boundaries and elevate the driving experience, but performance is not its only strong suit. The latest versions are packed with safety features, entertainment options and interactive controls to cater to the demands of modern life, enhance safety and drivability and provide a superior experience for drivers and passengers. From front assist and emergency city braking to touch-screen and voice-controlled entertainment options, there’s no end to the VW Golf R’s capabilities.

Buying a used Golf R

Buying a used Golf R is a brilliant option for drivers who don’t want to pay a premium for a brand new vehicle, as well as those who are looking to lower the price of a hot hatch that offers extras and options to take the driving experience to a new level without blowing the budget. The great news for fans of the Golf R is that there is a diverse selection of used hot hatches available. If you’re thinking about buying a VW Golf R, and you’re considering second-hand cars, here are some tips to help you find the right vehicle:

Set a budget

Setting a budget is always beneficial when looking for a used car. Brand new Golf Rs may not be affordable, and you can save a substantial amount of money by investing in a used vehicle. There are two main options when buying a used car. You can pay a lump sum or pay monthly through options like PCP and HP. If the version you wanted is too expensive, you could consider paying monthly, looking for a slightly older car or sacrificing features to lower the cost.

Explore different options

The VW Golf R has been around for several years and over the course of time, it has evolved and developed. There are various options to choose from in terms of style, trim and engine performance. It’s worth taking the time to research different options, weigh up the pros and cons and think about which VW Golf R ticks all of the boxes for you.


Modern cars come with a huge range of extras and add-ons, which you can customise to suit your individual needs. When buying a used car, you might not have the opportunity to personalise your vehicle, but you can search for a second-hand Golf R with extras or features if you have specific requirements or preferences. Examples include leather interior, climate windscreen and contemporary audio systems. It’s useful to think about how you’re going to use the car and who will be travelling in the vehicle with you when selecting extras or filtering used car search results. If you have children, for example, safety is likely to be a priority so you may want to focus your search on advanced safety features.

Used VW Golf R options

The Volkswagen Golf R is often compared to the Golf GTI. The R offers many of the same benefits and features of the GTI, but there is a lot more to enjoy, including:

  • Unique Golf R styling, which includes side sills and custom-designed front and rear bumpers
  • 4Motion All-Wheel Drive
  • LED lighting, including dynamic signalling and cornering lights
  • 18” alloy wheels
  • Enhanced media, entertainment and navigation options

Buyers looking for used VW Golf Rs can select 3 or 5-door cars with a choice of petrol and diesel engine options, including 1.4 TSI, 1.5 TSI, 2.0 TSI and 2.0 TDI engines.

When looking for a used Golf R, buyers can filter results by fuel type, age and mileage, as well specific features, including keyless entry, LED lights, multi-zone climate control, winter pack, performance pack, leather interiors, navigation and parking sensors.

Are you on the lookout for a used Volkswagen Golf R?

At Swansway Garages, we pride ourselves on offering our customers the best selection of used cars at affordable prices. All our second-hand Golf Rs have undergone stringent inspections and tests carried out by our highly-trained technicians. If you’re keen to find out more, don’t hesitate to call, contact us online or visit your nearest Volkswagen showroom. We can provide you with more information about specific cars, explore options with you and answer questions about engine options, extras and prices.

If you haven’t found the Volkswagen Golf R you were looking for, contact Crewe Volkswagen, Oldham Volkswagen or Wrexham Volkswagen or call on: 01270 364425 - 0161 318 1766 - 01978 503011. Our teams will be able to help you find your perfect next car.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information above. However, errors may occur. Check with your local centre about items which may affect your decision to purchase. *Please disregard the mileage unless it is verified by an independent mileage search.