The Volkswagen Golf R is a very fun hatchback with abundant power, sporty handling and control of all-wheel drive that will make your heart beat. What is more significant is that it also gets high marks for comfort and convenience.
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R is a four-door, higher-performance version of the Golf and GTI hatchback that can seat up to five passengers.
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R is backed by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That power is sent to all four wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (called DSG).
There’s plenty of torque right off the line, but power really explodes around 4,000 rpm. In track testing, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R with manual transmission went from zero to 60 mph in an effortless 4.8 seconds. The DSG cut the time to 4.5 seconds.
The EPA estimates fuel economy at 24 mpg combined (21 city/29 highway) with the manual and a comparable 25 mpg combined (22 city/29 highway) with DSG.
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts around $40,500.