Volkswagen Golf R review
If ever there was a Golf that could double as a secret agent, then Golf R was undoubtedly the top contender.
From a distance, it looks like all the world is like a gentle, handsome but largely harmless five-door hatch with a refined bodykit and nice rims, but look a little closer and you’ll see the fact that anything apart.
VW has tuned the powerful R slightly in line with the Mk 7.5 update between the life cycles of the Golf, but most of the important things are left. This is a good thing – the tool is as good as it gets.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
This time, it is a bright spot for the Golf R’s exterior, with revised front and rear shock absorbers, the updated LED headlights and taillights, as well as a new 19-inch rim (called is Spielberg).
The interior scored big multimedia screen points in the new center console design, along with the dash of Active Info Display.
Although there were no real physical changes, the small tweaks gave the R a cohesive feel. The simple alloy is a good match for the car’s character, for example, while the LED also adds to the Flair’s subtlety.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
It’s a five-door hatchback, so the actual number is naturally quite high. R can absorb five people easily, even on the backseat, but four people are clearly a nicer figure.
The rear seat has air vents, two cups, two bottles and enough knee and head room but no charging point, while ISOFIX child seat mounts are located on the outside.
Luggage space is reduced to 37 liters, thanks to the larger exhaust and the rear gubbins below the back floor, a total of 343 liters with seats up and 1233 with them flipped down.
Arranging the rear exhaust also means you don’t get any kind of tow bar on the R.
At the front, heated leather seats are surprisingly supportive and wide for a small hatch, and they can be dropped to give the driver a little higher space behind the steering wheel.
A pair of cupholders nestle to the front, complemented by decent door pockets with a capacity of 1.25L bottles.
We tried bragging gesture control on a 9.2-inch multimedia device, but apart from being able to change a track on the stereo, we couldn’t do anything else.
Besides, if you have a button on the steering wheel to change the track (for example), why do you need to take your hands off the wheel to do the same thing? While I groaned, the glass on the touch screen blurred twice as fast, which was a pity.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 9/10
Golf R starts at $ 52,990 before going on the road for the 6-speed manual. Given that it has acquired a few key upgrades, the fact that it hasn’t raised a penny in price is quite important.
It is also fully equipped for loot, with the all-wheel five-door door offering 213kW four-cylinder turbocharged engine, big brakes, adaptive suspension and tough front differential.
If you don’t want a clutch pedal, you can add another $ 2500 to get the R with VW’s latest seven-speed wet clutch DSG automatic transmission.
The kit includes VW’s new 9.2-inch Discover Pro navigation system with app connectivity, rear view camera, gesture control and voice control, the new, Active Active Display digital instrument cluster. Vienna leather upholstery, heated front seats with electrically controlled memory seats, powered door mirrors with memory, keyless access with push-button start, automatic headlamps and wipers and air conditioning Dual zone climate control gas.
High-end LED taillights with alarm and LED headlights with dynamic angle lights and dual LED LEDs are part of the Mk 7.5 upgrade, along with revised front and rear bumpers.
Safety equipment includes seven airbags, a driver fatigue detection system, low and high speed AEB and front and rear parking sensors.
The $ 1300 Driver Assistance Package (including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and blind spot detection) and the $ 1900 sunroof are the only options.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 9/10
The third-generation EA888 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder under the bonnet adds a handful of horses thanks to a main engine computer.
Now it makes 213kW – still down by 221kW of Europe, but hey, let’s not argue too much.
This engine version differs from the GTI version of the cooking model, and includes a more powerful cylinder head, hollow exhaust valve and larger radiator to better handle requests from a larger, single turbocharger. .
Currently, it has been tuned to generate 213kW between 5400 and 6500 rpm and 380Nm of torque between 1850-5300 rpm.
The R can be had with a six-speed manual, or a new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox for Golf, which is called a ‘wet clutch’. It is designed to cope with more power and torque than dry type six-speed machines.
It will also make a 0-100km / h jump in two tenths less than five seconds in the DSG guise.
How much fuel does it consume? 8/10
Against the claimed combined fuel economy of 7.2 liters / 100km, we recorded an indicated figure of 8.3L / 100km after 340km behind the wheel on mixed terrain.
A 50-liter fuel tank needs 98ron to ensure the best running R; it will cop 95ron but it will reduce power and torque to protect itself.
What does it like to drive? 9/10
There are certainly not as many as 213kW and 380Nm in a small hatchback to catch your attention and the Golf R fully takes advantage of the abundant output at its disposal.
Turbo latency is impressively minimal when you push through the long cruise controller and the large single turbo pushes loads of torque into the mix, before throwing R at the horizon impressively quickly.
R’s chassis and suspension depend on the challenge, offering a relatively benign balance, not breaking into teenage at the least provocative level – unless you’re a little giddy at all. The reward R flows, not shallow, and it creates loyalty, involving the companion when you tune in to it.