Golf drives up the power
VW have made this R-model affordable
Only a few years ago a car capable of sprinting to 62mph in just 4.9 seconds and boasting a top speed electronically limited to 155mph would have been an exotic Supercar costing a fortune.
Nowyou can get this type of performance froma VolkswagenGolf.
TheGolfRis the most powerfulGolf yet andwith prices starting fromjust over £29,000 it offers incredible performance for the money.
At the heart of theRis a newly developed version of the fourcylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI unitwhich powers theGolf GTI but ithas been modified to produce a thumping 300PS.
Thishas been achieved through amodified cylinder head, exhaust valves, valve seats and springs, pistons and a bigger turbocharger.
As a result the sprint to 62mphtakes just 5.3 seconds in the six-speedmanual version and 4.9 secondswhentheRis fittedwith theDSGtwinclutch variantwhich features launch control and adds another £1,400 or so to the tab.
Evenwith all this power and performance ontapVW engineershavemanaged to make thisnewR18 per centmore efficient thanits predecessor. Emissions have been reduced to 165g/km for themanual and 159g/km for theDSG box. Thecombined fuel consumption figures are 39.8mpg and 40.9mpg respectively but don’t expect to get anything like that in real world conditions as most peoplewhobuy anRwillwant to enjoy its performance.
TheRsits even lower than the GTI and is20mmslower than the normalGolf family models. It features anewfront bumper designwith big air inlets, anRradiator grillewith a chromestrip andRlogo and newdaytime running lights.
At the back you get LEDlight clusters and a quad exhaust, while superb looking alloys help contribute to the sporting look.
Inside the cabin is a nice blend of hothatch and executive car luxury. The standardGolf’s dash is lifted by a gloss black centre consule and somecarbon-look decorative trim. Thesports seats are very comfortable and the pedals aremade from aluminium while the steering wheel is sporty and multifunctional. Interior lighting is first class and the instruments feature blue dials. You also get a load of kit for your cash, includingBluetooth, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and aDABradio.
TheGolfR’s 4MOTION four-wheel drive isVW’s latest generation of theHaldex system and it gives theRgrip and traction that cannot be matched by any of its frontwheel-drive only rivals.
ThenewRfeels effortlessly quick at all times and the allwheel-drive system lets you explore its power to the limit. To increase your enjoyment amode switch allows you to choose fromEco, Normal, Race or Individual settings and you can really feel the differencewhenyou start playing around with them.
Despite its blistering pace theR is still a verypractical hatchback and is availablewith three or five doors. Ithas all the latest safety features like any normalGolfwith the ability to carry four adults and a decent amount of luggage.
I tested the threedoor modelwith the manual six-speed box which carried a starting price of £29,095. Anadditional £535 resulted ina fabulous Lapiz Blue paint job, a further £815 addedDynamicChassisControl, while £1,765 added the Discover Navigation package. A further £895 bought special alloys and awinter package which adds heated seats and heated windscreen washer jets cost another £355.
Thistook the total price to a hefty £34,265. Thatmay seem a lot for aGolf butwhenyou get Supercar performancewithout thehuge costs it is a bargain.
Tops theVWGolf R