The most powerful Golf up-to-date, the Golf R is now available to order with a starting price of £29,900 which is cheaper than the Audi S3, which is mechanically similar that costs £30,640.
The Golf R has a 2.0L turbocharged engine which is delivered through a part-time four-wheel-drive system producing 296bhp.
The £29.9K price tag is for the issue of the three-door R which has a manual box which results in this particular Golf R reaching 0-62mph in just 5.3 seconds.
However, the price rises for the five door Volkswagen with six-speed DSG unit to £31,970. The DSG unit in the vehicle has been made slightly more efficient with CO2 emissions of 165g/km.
In comparison to the standard Golf, the Golf R has quicker steering and progressive steering which means the amount of steering lock needed to apply is reduced to 2.1 lock-to-lock unlike the standard golf that needs 2.75. Also firmer suspension, rides 20mm lower, a stability-control system that can be completely switched off and the brakes have been upgraded.
The Golf R has redesigned lights and quad exhausts and buyers also have a choice of eight exterior colours. UK deliveries for the Golf R start in February.
Review for the Volkswagen Golf R
The Volkswagen Golf R has the following ratings;
The drive for the car has a rating of 4.1 out of 5. In a review, it has been said that the Golf R feels relaxed and can cover long distances with comfort, the steering is light but not too light and the breaks on this Volkswagen Golf feel rather powerful.
Comfort for the car has a rating of 3.2 out of 5. In the same review, the comfort of the Golf R has bee described as ‘Firm but not uncomfortable’. With its specially tuned power steering it has a more sharper and direct feel than the VW Golf GTI model. The seats have also has good reviews as they are easy to adjust, firm and supportive which makes driving longer distances more bearable for the driver of the vehicle.
Reliability for the Volkswagen has been given a rating of 3.5 out of 5. The Golf R is in 16th position in the 2013 Auto Express Driver Power survey.