Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 2.0 TSI 320 R 4Motion 5dr DSG

Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Lane change assistant
Lane assist
Driver alert system
Driver profile selection
Progressive steering
Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
Start/Stop function
Wireless app connect
Dynamic road sign display
Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with speed limiter and front assist (reacting to vehicles pedestrians and cyclists)
Car2X communication
eCall - Emergency call service for SOS calls to emergency response
Mobile phone interface with wireless inductive charging function
Travel assist with emergency side assist with electrically foldable door mirrors
Digital cockpit pro - 10.25" high resolution TFT dash display screen with customizable menus and information
Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
Rain sensor
Body colour door handles
Body colour bumpers
Front and rear electric windows
Automatic dimming rear view mirror
Heated rear windscreen
Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
Body colour rear roof spoiler
Rear tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
Rear tinted glass 90% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
High level 3rd brake light
Matt chrome effect door mirrors with integrated indicators
Heat insulating glass windscreen
Highway light
Welcome light
Rear fog light on one side and reversing lights on both sides
LED License plate illumination
Automatic headlamp activation with Coming home and Leaving home feature
IQ.Light - LED Matrix headlights inc. dynamic cornering with LED interactive matrix dipped and main beam + LED daytime running light + 22 LED lights
Illuminated front grille
Remote electrically heated, adjustable and foldable door mirrors, including door mirror puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on pa
LED front fog lights with 5 honeycomb design
LED rear combination lamp inlcuding dynamic turn signal
Advanced high beam control dynamic light assist for LED matrix headlamps
Front sports seats
Centre console
Height adjustable front seats
Glovebox
Aluminium gear knob
Luggage compartment lighting
Front seat lumbar support adjuster
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Front cupholders x 2
Black roof lining
Front + rear carpet mats
12V socket in luggage compartment
3 rear head restraints
Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
Removable luggage compartment cover
12V socket in front centre console
Brushed stainless steel pedals
3 zone climate with controls in the rear
Woven fabric storage compartments in front and rear doors
Ambient lighting - Customisable 30 colour ambient lighting
Split folding backrest with centre armrest and unsplit rear seat bench
Isofix child seat preparation for 2 rear child seats and front passenger seat
Drivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrors
Chrome plated surround to electric mirror button, window switch and air vent surrounds
Ambient lighting, exterior illuminated styling elements at the sides
Front reading lights x 2 incorporating LED technology
R leather wrapped multi function sports heated steering wheel with extended paddle shift
R styling pack - Golf
Anti-lock brake system
Rear disc brakes
Two tone horn
Front disc brakes
Tyre pressure monitoring system
3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
Front and rear passengers curtain airbag system including front side airbags
Extended pedestrian protection measures
Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
3 rear three point seatbelts
ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints
Blue brake callipers in front with R logo
Electronic engine immobiliser
Keyless entry with start/stop button on centre console
Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
Petrol Particulate Filter
XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling
Front differential lock
4Motion 4 wheel driver
Soul dashboard
Black metal chrome decorative inserts in dash and front door trim panels
Tyre mobility kit Includes 12V compressor and tyre sealant
CO2 177
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1984
Compression Ratio N/A
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 554
Gears 7
Transmission Automatic
Combined 0.00
Urban 36.20
Extra Urban 35.30
Badge Engine CC 1984
Badge Power 320.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 4.55
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 4.70
Engine BHP 320.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1476
Engine Torque 420.00
Top Speed 155
Front Tyres 225/40 R18
Rear Tyres 225/40 R18
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 0
Length 4290
Wheel Base 2628
Width 1789
Fuel Tank Size 50.00
Weight 2030
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1476
Towing Weight Unbraked 0
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

Want the ultimate hot hatch? Volkswagen's rejuvenated Golf R could well be it. This can't claim to be the fastest car of its kind but its Wolfsburg maker reckons it's the most complete, most rewarding and most dynamic shopping rocket yet made. Depending on your mood, it can reach 168mph on the racetrack or register better than 35mpg on the school run. Your everyday supercar is right here.

Background

We've had the Golf R around in various forms since 2009 and the formula it offers hasn't fundamentally changed much in that time. There's VW's 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine in its fastest form, 4MOTION 4WD and a slice of Golf GTI engineering tuned up to the max. This latest version, based on the current MK8 Golf architecture, doesn't deviate much from that script but does usefully embellish it. And of course, predictably, it claims to be the quickest and most powerful Golf ever made. That isn't enough to allow it to fully take on uber-fast super hatches like the Mercedes-AMG A 45 or the Audi RS3. But the Golf R significantly undercuts both these models on price and in real world point-to-point motoring probably isn't much slower. Plus a major draw is that its pavement presence is that bit more understated. You could get away with one of these in the company carpark without Directorship-level eyebrows being raised. Sounds tempting.

Driving Experience

So to what you need to know here. The fourth generation 'Evo 4' version of this Volkswagen's EA888 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol unit now puts out 320PS. Just as it does in the Tiguan R and Arteon R models that also use it. 62mph from rest occupies 4.7s (0.2s faster than the previous car could manage) and if you pay extra for the optional 'R-Performance upgrade' package, Volkswagen will remove the 155mph speed limiter so that 168mph is possible. All this motor's pulling power is available from just 2,100rpm. Power though, is nothing without control - and this Golf R has more of that. For the first time, power can be distributed not only between front and rear axles but also between the rear wheels. Thanks to a new torque vectoring system using a pair of electronically operated multi-disc clutches, output can be balanced across the rear axle from 0-100% within milliseconds. You're going to want that optional 'R-Performance' upgrade package because it includes two extra driving modes. 'Special' was configured for optimum performance at the legendary Nurburgring Nordschliefe race track (around which the latest car is apparently 17 seconds quicker than its predecessor). There's also 'Drift', configured for general wild racetrack use. Changes common to both Golf R variants include 10% stiffer springs, a 1.3-degree front axle camber change and steering software tweaked to be more direct. The brake discs are 17mm bigger and feature crisper pedal response. And the front aluminium subframe is 3kgs lighter. All good to know.

Design and Build

Apart from that hoovered-to-the-tarmac ride height, the Golf R is distinguished by its 18-inch 'Jerez' alloy wheels (upgradeable to 19-inchers), full R body kit, roof spoiler and quad exhaust pipes - a feature that subtly hints at the model's potency compared with other Golf models. The model's brake callipers are finished in the hallmark shade of Volkswagen R blue, and feature the R division's logo, while the car's door mirrors are finished in a matt chrome effect - another identifier of the powerful and enthusiast-focused Golf R. Inside, a bespoke, heated R steering wheel features, with a new R button which allows the driver direct access to the car's newly enhanced range of drive modes without needing to take their hands away from the wheel. Extended paddle shifters also add to the driver-focused convenience of the model's cockpit. Sports seats with integrated head restraints feature a 'Sardegna' design in black-blue cloth, unique to the new R models, while the outer areas are in ArtVelours. Otherwise, everything is much as it would be in an ordinary Golf. There's comfortable space for a couple of adults on the back seat and the convenience of a reasonably-sized 380-litre boot.

Market and Model

This Golf R was priced from just over £39,000 at launch. Most customers will want to find the £2,000 extra necessary for the optional 'R-Performance Package'. It brings upgraded 19-inch 'Estoril' alloy wheels, a performance rear spoiler for added downforce, and an increased top speed of 168 mph (where permitted). The pack also adds two new driver modes; Drift and Special. Drift mode is entirely focused upon driver enjoyment away from public highways. This mode uses the full potential of the new R-Performance Torque Vectoring and enables the driver to drift the new Golf R on private tracks. The pack also introduces a 'Special' mode that provides the car with the perfect setup to tackle the famously challenging N??rburgring. This is an extension of the standard Race driving mode, in which the engine sound is increased, while the DSG, optional DCC, progressive steering and the all-wheel drive system are adjusted to a sportier set-up. Several accessories are available for the Golf R including an Akrapovic titanium exhaust, panoramic sunroof, Harmon/Kardon sound system and a head up display. Volkswagen also says that this current generation model will be upgradeable, so if required, features like adaptive cruise control, light assist and a wi-fi hotspot can be added and enabled after you bought the car. Most owners will want to consider the option of adding DCC adaptive damping. The car's driver assistance systems include lane change assist and Travel Assist with Side Assist and Emergency Assist.

Cost of Ownership

Granted, you don't buy a car like the Volkswagen Golf R to wow your friends with its environmental credentials, but it's hard not to be impressed with a combined fuel consumption of between 35.3mpg and 36.2mpg on the combined cycle. Likewise, emissions are also very good, registering between 177 and 181g/km. Insurance is group 31E. And the warranty? Well the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles. We can't see why Volkswagen couldn't extend that mileage limit to 100,000 miles, since that what you get on its mechanically very similar Caddy model. Doing that though, wouldn't give Volkswagen dealers so much of an opportunity to sell extended warranty packages. There's one for four years and 75,000 miles or, if you plan to see a bit more of the world in your Golf GTI, there's a five year / 90,000 mile package.

Summary

The Volkswagen Golf R might seem a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand, it's a four-wheel drive, 320PS, two-litre turbo road rocket; the sort of car that you thought had gone out of fashion. On the other, it's a wholly civilised, beautifully built family hatch that can better 35mpg and emits less carbon dioxide than many much slower hot hatches. That, more than its incredible performance figures, shows us how times have changed and how fast hatches have needed to rehabilitate themselves or die. Offering a strong value proposition and no shortage of capability, it's hard to see how this rejuvenated Volkswagen Golf R can fail. Can it match the polished capability of a BMW M135i or the vivacity and excitement delivered by the Renaultsport Megane or the Honda Civic Type R? That will very much depend on how you like your sports hatches but one thing's for sure. You've never had it so good.

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Annual Mileage

Initial Rental (Months)

Head up Display £520.83 (ex. VAT)
Rear view camera £250.00 (ex. VAT)
Park assist sensor controlled steering aid to assist parallel or bay parking features optical parking display via vehicle's infotainment system £166.67 (ex. VAT)
Front and rear ultrasonic parking sensors, audible with audio volume reduction when activated + optical parking display via vehicles infotain system Standard (ex. VAT)
Multifunction camera for distance control Standard (ex. VAT)
Discover navigation system - 10" touch screen, FM and DAB, USB C socket connection, Title and cover art display, Bluetooth connectivity + 6 speakers Standard (ex. VAT)
Discover nav pro with streaming and internet - 10" touch, european map, 3D map, traffic info, branded point of interest, speed limit display, 3 routes £1333.33 (ex. VAT)
Harman/Kardon sound system including 12 channel digital amplifier, 480 watt output and 9 speakers plus subwoofer £520.83 (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint £529.17 (ex. VAT)
Special solid paint Standard (ex. VAT)
Signature metallic paint £641.67 (ex. VAT)
Performance rear spoiler Standard (ex. VAT)
Akrapovic titanium sport exhaust system £2583.33 (ex. VAT)
Electric sliding/tilting panoramic glass sunroof with integrated roller blind £833.33 (ex. VAT)
Front windscreen washers and wipers with 4x interval delay Standard (ex. VAT)
R rear diffuser with twin oval chrome exhaust tailpipes in left and right Standard (ex. VAT)
Sardegna cloth upholstery with front and outer rear seats Art Velour inner sides of bolsters Standard (ex. VAT)
Carbon/Nappa leather upholstery with heated and airconditioned front sports comfort seats, electric adjustment driver seat, seat memory £2166.67 (ex. VAT)
Winter pack - Golf R Line/GTE/GTD/GTI/GTI Clubsport/R/Alltrack £225.00 (ex. VAT)
Winter pack with heated rear seats - Golf GTE/GTI/GTI Clubsport/R £391.67 (ex. VAT)
R performance pack - Golf R £1666.67 (ex. VAT)
Special solid - Pure white Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Deep black pearl £529.17 (ex. VAT)
Signature metallic - Lapiz blue £641.67 (ex. VAT)
Rear side airbags £279.17 (ex. VAT)
Digital key £179.17 (ex. VAT)
Proactive passesnger protection £116.67 (ex. VAT)
Sports suspension Standard (ex. VAT)
Dynamic chassis control (DCC) - variable suspension settings sport, comfort and normal £654.17 (ex. VAT)
Sardegna cloth - Soul with front and outer rear seats Art Velour inner sides of bolsters Standard (ex. VAT)
Carbon/Nappa leather with heated and airconditioned front sports comfort seats, electric adjustment driver seat, seat memory - Blue/Soul black £2166.67 (ex. VAT)
Sardegna cloth - Soul black/blue with front and outer rear seats Art Velour inner sides of bolsters Standard (ex. VAT)
19" Adelaide alloy wheel with anti theft wheel bolts £604.17 (ex. VAT)
18" Jerez black diamond turned alloy wheel with anti theft wheel bolts Standard (ex. VAT)
19" Estoril alloy wheel with anti theft wheel bolts £687.50 (ex. VAT)

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Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Lane change assistant
Lane assist
Driver alert system
Driver profile selection
Progressive steering
Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
Start/Stop function
Wireless app connect
Dynamic road sign display
Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with speed limiter and front assist (reacting to vehicles pedestrians and cyclists)
Car2X communication
eCall - Emergency call service for SOS calls to emergency response
Mobile phone interface with wireless inductive charging function
Travel assist with emergency side assist with electrically foldable door mirrors
Digital cockpit pro - 10.25" high resolution TFT dash display screen with customizable menus and information
Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
Rain sensor
Body colour door handles
Body colour bumpers
Front and rear electric windows
Automatic dimming rear view mirror
Heated rear windscreen
Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
Body colour rear roof spoiler
Rear tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
Rear tinted glass 90% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
High level 3rd brake light
Matt chrome effect door mirrors with integrated indicators
Heat insulating glass windscreen
Highway light
Welcome light
Rear fog light on one side and reversing lights on both sides
LED License plate illumination
Automatic headlamp activation with Coming home and Leaving home feature
IQ.Light - LED Matrix headlights inc. dynamic cornering with LED interactive matrix dipped and main beam + LED daytime running light + 22 LED lights
Illuminated front grille
Remote electrically heated, adjustable and foldable door mirrors, including door mirror puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on pa
LED front fog lights with 5 honeycomb design
LED rear combination lamp inlcuding dynamic turn signal
Advanced high beam control dynamic light assist for LED matrix headlamps
Front sports seats
Centre console
Height adjustable front seats
Glovebox
Aluminium gear knob
Luggage compartment lighting
Front seat lumbar support adjuster
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Front cupholders x 2
Black roof lining
Front + rear carpet mats
12V socket in luggage compartment
3 rear head restraints
Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
Removable luggage compartment cover
12V socket in front centre console
Brushed stainless steel pedals
3 zone climate with controls in the rear
Woven fabric storage compartments in front and rear doors
Ambient lighting - Customisable 30 colour ambient lighting
Split folding backrest with centre armrest and unsplit rear seat bench
Isofix child seat preparation for 2 rear child seats and front passenger seat
Drivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrors
Chrome plated surround to electric mirror button, window switch and air vent surrounds
Ambient lighting, exterior illuminated styling elements at the sides
Front reading lights x 2 incorporating LED technology
R leather wrapped multi function sports heated steering wheel with extended paddle shift
R styling pack - Golf
Anti-lock brake system
Rear disc brakes
Two tone horn
Front disc brakes
Tyre pressure monitoring system
3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
Front and rear passengers curtain airbag system including front side airbags
Extended pedestrian protection measures
Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
3 rear three point seatbelts
ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints
Blue brake callipers in front with R logo
Electronic engine immobiliser
Keyless entry with start/stop button on centre console
Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
Petrol Particulate Filter
XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling
Front differential lock
4Motion 4 wheel driver
Soul dashboard
Black metal chrome decorative inserts in dash and front door trim panels
Tyre mobility kit Includes 12V compressor and tyre sealant
CO2 177
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1984
Compression Ratio N/A
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 554
Gears 7
Transmission Automatic
Combined 0.00
Urban 36.20
Extra Urban 35.30
Badge Engine CC 1984
Badge Power 320.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 4.55
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 4.70
Engine BHP 320.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1476
Engine Torque 420.00
Top Speed 155
Front Tyres 225/40 R18
Rear Tyres 225/40 R18
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 0
Length 4290
Wheel Base 2628
Width 1789
Fuel Tank Size 50.00
Weight 2030
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1476
Towing Weight Unbraked 0
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

Want the ultimate hot hatch? Volkswagen's rejuvenated Golf R could well be it. This can't claim to be the fastest car of its kind but its Wolfsburg maker reckons it's the most complete, most rewarding and most dynamic shopping rocket yet made. Depending on your mood, it can reach 168mph on the racetrack or register better than 35mpg on the school run. Your everyday supercar is right here.

Background

We've had the Golf R around in various forms since 2009 and the formula it offers hasn't fundamentally changed much in that time. There's VW's 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine in its fastest form, 4MOTION 4WD and a slice of Golf GTI engineering tuned up to the max. This latest version, based on the current MK8 Golf architecture, doesn't deviate much from that script but does usefully embellish it. And of course, predictably, it claims to be the quickest and most powerful Golf ever made. That isn't enough to allow it to fully take on uber-fast super hatches like the Mercedes-AMG A 45 or the Audi RS3. But the Golf R significantly undercuts both these models on price and in real world point-to-point motoring probably isn't much slower. Plus a major draw is that its pavement presence is that bit more understated. You could get away with one of these in the company carpark without Directorship-level eyebrows being raised. Sounds tempting.

Driving Experience

So to what you need to know here. The fourth generation 'Evo 4' version of this Volkswagen's EA888 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol unit now puts out 320PS. Just as it does in the Tiguan R and Arteon R models that also use it. 62mph from rest occupies 4.7s (0.2s faster than the previous car could manage) and if you pay extra for the optional 'R-Performance upgrade' package, Volkswagen will remove the 155mph speed limiter so that 168mph is possible. All this motor's pulling power is available from just 2,100rpm. Power though, is nothing without control - and this Golf R has more of that. For the first time, power can be distributed not only between front and rear axles but also between the rear wheels. Thanks to a new torque vectoring system using a pair of electronically operated multi-disc clutches, output can be balanced across the rear axle from 0-100% within milliseconds. You're going to want that optional 'R-Performance' upgrade package because it includes two extra driving modes. 'Special' was configured for optimum performance at the legendary Nurburgring Nordschliefe race track (around which the latest car is apparently 17 seconds quicker than its predecessor). There's also 'Drift', configured for general wild racetrack use. Changes common to both Golf R variants include 10% stiffer springs, a 1.3-degree front axle camber change and steering software tweaked to be more direct. The brake discs are 17mm bigger and feature crisper pedal response. And the front aluminium subframe is 3kgs lighter. All good to know.

Design and Build

Apart from that hoovered-to-the-tarmac ride height, the Golf R is distinguished by its 18-inch 'Jerez' alloy wheels (upgradeable to 19-inchers), full R body kit, roof spoiler and quad exhaust pipes - a feature that subtly hints at the model's potency compared with other Golf models. The model's brake callipers are finished in the hallmark shade of Volkswagen R blue, and feature the R division's logo, while the car's door mirrors are finished in a matt chrome effect - another identifier of the powerful and enthusiast-focused Golf R. Inside, a bespoke, heated R steering wheel features, with a new R button which allows the driver direct access to the car's newly enhanced range of drive modes without needing to take their hands away from the wheel. Extended paddle shifters also add to the driver-focused convenience of the model's cockpit. Sports seats with integrated head restraints feature a 'Sardegna' design in black-blue cloth, unique to the new R models, while the outer areas are in ArtVelours. Otherwise, everything is much as it would be in an ordinary Golf. There's comfortable space for a couple of adults on the back seat and the convenience of a reasonably-sized 380-litre boot.

Market and Model

This Golf R was priced from just over £39,000 at launch. Most customers will want to find the £2,000 extra necessary for the optional 'R-Performance Package'. It brings upgraded 19-inch 'Estoril' alloy wheels, a performance rear spoiler for added downforce, and an increased top speed of 168 mph (where permitted). The pack also adds two new driver modes; Drift and Special. Drift mode is entirely focused upon driver enjoyment away from public highways. This mode uses the full potential of the new R-Performance Torque Vectoring and enables the driver to drift the new Golf R on private tracks. The pack also introduces a 'Special' mode that provides the car with the perfect setup to tackle the famously challenging N??rburgring. This is an extension of the standard Race driving mode, in which the engine sound is increased, while the DSG, optional DCC, progressive steering and the all-wheel drive system are adjusted to a sportier set-up. Several accessories are available for the Golf R including an Akrapovic titanium exhaust, panoramic sunroof, Harmon/Kardon sound system and a head up display. Volkswagen also says that this current generation model will be upgradeable, so if required, features like adaptive cruise control, light assist and a wi-fi hotspot can be added and enabled after you bought the car. Most owners will want to consider the option of adding DCC adaptive damping. The car's driver assistance systems include lane change assist and Travel Assist with Side Assist and Emergency Assist.

Cost of Ownership

Granted, you don't buy a car like the Volkswagen Golf R to wow your friends with its environmental credentials, but it's hard not to be impressed with a combined fuel consumption of between 35.3mpg and 36.2mpg on the combined cycle. Likewise, emissions are also very good, registering between 177 and 181g/km. Insurance is group 31E. And the warranty? Well the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles. We can't see why Volkswagen couldn't extend that mileage limit to 100,000 miles, since that what you get on its mechanically very similar Caddy model. Doing that though, wouldn't give Volkswagen dealers so much of an opportunity to sell extended warranty packages. There's one for four years and 75,000 miles or, if you plan to see a bit more of the world in your Golf GTI, there's a five year / 90,000 mile package.

Summary

The Volkswagen Golf R might seem a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand, it's a four-wheel drive, 320PS, two-litre turbo road rocket; the sort of car that you thought had gone out of fashion. On the other, it's a wholly civilised, beautifully built family hatch that can better 35mpg and emits less carbon dioxide than many much slower hot hatches. That, more than its incredible performance figures, shows us how times have changed and how fast hatches have needed to rehabilitate themselves or die. Offering a strong value proposition and no shortage of capability, it's hard to see how this rejuvenated Volkswagen Golf R can fail. Can it match the polished capability of a BMW M135i or the vivacity and excitement delivered by the Renaultsport Megane or the Honda Civic Type R? That will very much depend on how you like your sports hatches but one thing's for sure. You've never had it so good.

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