Volkswagen Golf R 2021 golf r reviews Review Autocar
Whatever next? That’s the question Volkswagen would have asked itself when putting pen to paper during the development of this latest ultra-hot Golf. Audi Q8 60 TFSIe 2021 UK review Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 2021 UK review Caterham Seven 170 R 2021 UK review Porsche 911 GTS 2021 review Ford Kuga 2.0 EcoBlue MHEV 2021 UK review View all latest drives
Where does that leave the Golf R, you may wonder. As something of an anachronism? Well, yes. But a brilliant one all the same? Let’s see. Volkswagen Golf R 2021 review Most potent Golf to wear the R badge is a deliciously powerful yet well-balanced hot hatchback The fast four-wheel-drive Golf can be traced back to the Mk2 Rallye of 1988, although it was only in the 2000s and with the advent of the V6-engined R32 of the Mk4 and Mk5 generations that the recipe began to take hold with the broader public. A switch to four cylinders for the Mk6 generation then brought about not less power, but more, and allowed VW to hone the handling. The car’s popularity grew further, and by the time of the Mk7, the Golf R wasn’t simply the flagship Golf but arguably the flagship of the entire company. It was pragmatic yet aspirational and came loaded with driver appeal. Mk8 receives the now-customary quad-tip exhausts. It’s a passive system, reliant on cabin synthesisation for added drama, unless you upgrade to the £3100 Akrapovic titanium sports exhaust Richard Lane | Road tester Volkswagen Golf R Performance Package 2021 UK review Is new 316bhp mega hatchback’s R Performance options pack worth £2000? Volkswagen Golf R 2021 UK review Seriously impressive, and impressively serious. The fifth Golf R can do things its predecessor couldn’t, but you’ll pay for the privilege Volkswagen Golf R 2021 golf r reviews Review AutocarVolkswagen Golf R 2021 golf r reviews Review Autocar The subject of this week’s road test is the answer, and it’s fair to say that while the Golf R remains traditional in many ways , there are one or two bold innovations. But before we delve into the details, know that the priorities in Wolfsburg have changed over the past few years. Non-performance variants are available in Life, Style and R-Line trims. GTE , GTD and R variants exist as standalone models, while the GTI can also be had in sharpened GTI Clubsport guise. Petrol, diesel, mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid engine options are all available. 1. Toyota GR Yaris 2. Honda Civic Type R 3. 2021 golf r reviews Mercedes-AMG A45 S 4. Ford Focus ST 5. Renault Mégane R.S. 280 Advertisement Explore the Volkswagen range Volkswagen e-Crafter Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet Volkswagen California 2005-2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 2011-2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S 2016 Back to top Technical specs Model tested: Golf R Price: £39,270 Price as tested: £44,365 Engine: 4 cyls in line, 1984cc, turbocharged, petrol Transmission: 7-speed automatic Driveline layout: Front-engine, all-wheel drive Model tested Golf R Price £39,270 Price as tested £44,365 View all specs and rivals Engine 4 cyls in line, 1984cc, turbocharged, petrol Transmission 7-speed automatic Driveline layout Front-engine, all-wheel drive Power 316bhp Torque 310lb ft 0-62mph 4.7sec Top speed 155mph Kerb weight 1476kg Fuel economy 36.2mpg CO2 177g/km BIK tax band 37% Rivals Mercedes-AMG A45 Audi RS3 Power 316bhp Torque 310lb ft 0-62mph 4.7sec Top speed 155mph Kerb weight 1476kg Fuel economy 36.2mpg CO2 177g/km BIK tax band 37% Rivals Mercedes-AMG A45 Audi RS3 In the UK, VW still expects one in every 10 Golfs to be sold in R spec, which is an amazing statistic, but just how important is this car now to the company that builds it? The true apple in the eye of the world’s second-largest car maker is its all-electric ID sub-brand , which, VW hopes, will pivot the company into the next chapter of its hopefully long future. The problem was that the previous version – the Mk7 Golf R , introduced as far back as 2014 but updated in 2017 before being put out to pasture in 2019 – was just so good. A blend of striking looks melded with an appealing degree of subtlety but also expensiveness, and fluid handling matched with broadly excellent ride quality, made the Mk7 Golf R the defining hot hatchback of its generation. It was also indecently quick. So how to improve it? Indeed, 2021 golf r release date canada