Freshly beaten by the focus Rs, our golf R demonstrates where it still has the upper hand
The Volkswagen golf R is no longer evo’s fourwheel-drive super-hatch of choice. as you’ll know if you read henry Catchpole’s group test last month, the golf R was dethroned by the new ford focus Rs (although the Vw did save face by taking care of its more expensive in-house rival, the audi Rs3).
as a golf R driver (and apologist) I was, of course, furious. how could Catchpole have got it so wrong? I can only assume the thin Montserrat mountain air starved his brain of oxygen and affected his judgement. a ford? Please…
In all seriousness, I have driven the focus Rs and I reckon it’s probably the right decision. I wasn’t on the group test myself, so I’ll wait until I’ve driven both cars backto-back on the same roads before reaching my own conclusions, but
Tthe ford certainly is a very special machine. Catchpole and photographer aston Parrott shared the golf R for the monster 2000-mile round-trip to Barcelona. armed with an iphone stuffed full of episodes and a glovebox loaded with haribo, the dynamic duo dispatched each run in a single hit. Catchpole was so full of praise for the R as a long- distance device, in fact, that I reckoned I’d struggle to get the keys back upon his return.
would the focus Rs have been so amenable over such a long journey? will it prove to be as effective as a daily driver as the Volkswagen? having now covered so many miles in the golf R, I would be stunned if the ford manages to match it in this regard.
although they look like direct rivals on paper, I wonder just how much crossover there’ll be between focus Rs and golf R buyer groups. I could well imagine certain ford buyers thinking the Vw deathly dull, and some of the golf R crowd reckoning the Rs to be decidedly low-rent. Dateacquired Totalmileage Mileagethismonth Coststhismonth mpgthismonth september 2015 11,234 3988 £0 31.3