What Car 2014 Volkswagen Golf R review

Vicky Parrott, Deputy road test editor of WhatCar reviews the 2014 Volkswagen Golf R and gives it a 4 stars rating, here’s why..

The new Volkswagen Golf R is the most powerful production version of VW’s iconic hatchback so far. The 296bhp it churns out from its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine will appeal to many, but of more real-world relevance is the 280lb ft of torque that it produces between 1800-5500rpm; this despite its impressive 39.8mpg claimed fuel economy. A new four-wheel-drive system is standard, as is tuned sports suspension, uprated brakes (over the Golf GTI) and a six-speed manual gearbox.

It’s no exaggeration to say that the 296bhp engine gives the Golf R giant-slaying performance. In a straight line it could hassle some exotica costing twice as much, and it’s very easy to drive quickly, thanks to a linear power delivery and well-judged pedal feel.

The R is available in either three- or five-door guise (the latter at a £655 premium), while an Estate will follow later in 2014.


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