The power has ar­rived

For some the GTI isn’t enough – that’s why there’s a Golf R. re­ports.

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentmotors -

For four gen­er­a­tions now Volk­swa­gen has of­fered a high per­for­mance Golf that is over and above the leg­endary GTI and so it is with this, the Golf R.

Based on the cur­rent sev­en­th­gen­er­a­tion Golf, the R sticks to a now-es­tab­lished recipe to dis­tance it from its sib­ling; four-wheel-drive, tur­bocharged power and a sub­tle, pow­er­ful look.

This lat­est Golf R has big al­loy wheels, a dis­creet bodykit and ‘R’ badges on the out­side, while in­side there are spe­cial sports seats, a fat three-spoke steer­ing wheel and some ex­tra equip­ment. As be­fore there is four-wheel-drive and the 2.0-litre tur­bocharged en­gine dishes 296bhp, mak­ing this com­fort­ably the most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion Golf to date. The stan­dard Golf is sen­si­tive to colour and can look weedy on small wheels, but the R has those prob­lems licked. Fin­ished in the pop­u­lar deep blue and

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Matt

on the op­tional 19-inch wheels (18-inch­ers are stan­dard) it looks su­perb; smart and sporty but with­out be­ing gar­ish. De­spite the added per­for­mance the Golf R man­ages to be vir­tu­ally as prac­ti­cal as the stan­dard car and you can have three or five door ver­sions. Be­cause of the four-wheel-drive, boot room is re­duced, but only by 37 litres so there is still a use­ful 343 litres on of­fer. Like many mod­ern per­for­mance cars the Golf R of­fers modes to tai­lor the car to your cur­rent driv­ing style. In Com­fort mode the sen­si­tiv­ity of the ac­cel­er­a­tor and steer­ing is backed off and the ex­haust

is quiet, so other than a slightly firmer ride than the stan­dard it driv­ers much like a reg­u­lar Golf, al­beit with much more power. How­ever, switched into the most ag­gres­sive Race mode and the Golf R is a beast trans­formed. Fully ex­tended it will rocket to 62mph in un­der 5 seconds when fit­ted with the DSG gear­box. Few cars can cover ground with such ease and pace. Ap­ply the rea­son­ing that this is ‘just an­other Golf’ and the list price of a frac­tion un­der £30,000 (over it if you have DSG or five doors) and it might seem like an ex­pen­sive piece of kit. But this isn’t just a Golf; it’s a five-seater fam­ily-sized car that can crack 150mph and out­ac­cel­er­ate far more ex­pen­sive cars. If you have chil­dren and want some­thing that can still do the dull stuff but be fun, then the Golf R fits the bill.

ONE WORD This car summed up in just a sin­gle word: Price: £31,315 En­gine: 2.0-litre petrol unit pro­duc­ing 296bhp and 280lb/ft of torque Trans­mis­sion: Sev­en­speed dual clutch gear­box driv­ing all four wheels Per­for­mance: Top speed 155mph, 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds Econ­omy: 40.9mpg com­bined Emis­sions: 159g/km of CO2

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