VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R test
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R
Taller and larger, the new Golf R is unmistakable and could be mistaken for a Golf GTI on steroids with its large air intakes, a black lacquer radiator grill and rear view mirrors and prominent side sill. The Golf R features both a sporty and sober look with fluid lines and not a hint of an aftermarket tuning allure.
The 18-inch wheels are the same as the Scirocco. At the back, black lacquer has also been used and the double muffler system is now centrally located.
When it comes to the interior there are quite a few similarities between the Golf and the Scirocco. There is the new six-speed DSG gearbox. The bucket seats are a mix of leather and alcantara, which is very nice.
What is new is the rear view camera, which will help to keep from nicking up the nice paint job when parking.
The Golf’s road handling is different from that of the Scirocco. This Golf is doted with an all-wheel drive transmission. Although it is not heavier than the Scirocco at less than 1500 kilograms, it is a little less lively but it can be proud of its excellent handling. It is hard to find the limit, so well does this Golf stick to the road, which does offer peace of mind in terms of safety.
The DSG gearbox coupled with the paddle shifters is a real pleasure. Reaction time is minimal and its precision when driving hard eclipses what we are used to with a manual gearbox.
The DCC electronic suspension mode is also part of the package and fills its roll admirably. It allows for transforming the very sporty Golf into a family style sedan with the simple push of a button.
While the Golf and Scirocco are powered by the same 2-litre TSI engine, the Golf has an extra 5 brake horsepower for a total of 270. With the torque electronically distributed to the four wheels, there is no lose of power and the Golf can do whatever you ask of it.
The sonority of the four-cylinder engine is another important point. The hoarse melody, especially when changing gears is very nice.
This Golf R is a success. When it comes to making a choice, the Golf and Scirocco have their distinctive looks. The Golf is better suited for families because it can be had as a four-door. When it comes to price, the Scirocco is €1400 more with the same package and all-wheel drive transmission.