Facelifted 2017 VW Golf R Gets 310PS; New 1.0 TSI And 4MOTION TDI Join The Range Too

VW is extending the range of its facelifted Golf family in Europe with the addition of the high-performance ‘R’, entry level 1.0 TSI, and 2.0 TDI 4MOTION models. As with the other updated 2017MY Golfs, they too come with LED tail lights and the new Composition Color infotainment system as standard.

Available in both hatchback and Variant (station wagon) flavors, the Golf R benefits from a 10PS (10hp) and 20Nm (15 lb-ft) boost, pushing the 2.0-liter turbo four’s output to 310PS (306hp) and 400Nm (295 lb-ft). VW says the ‘R’ hatch can hit 100km/h (62mph) in 4.6 seconds. In Germany, you can pre-order the Golf R with a manual gearbox from €40,675, and the Golf R Variant with a DSG from €44,800.

At the other end of the spectrum, the base 1.0-liter model, will cost you a little less than half of that at €17,850 for less than a third of the power at 85PS (84hp). On the bright side, the turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine that is used here for the first time consumes just 4.8 l/100 km on average on the Euro driving cycle, the equivalent of 49mpg US / 58.9mph UK.

Slotting somewhere between the two is the new 2.0 TDI 4MOTION that pairs a 150PS (148hp) diesel to an all-wheel drive system. It can be had as both a hatch, priced from €29,600, and a Variant, from €30,750.

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  • RDS Alphard

    Question : the white Golf Variant in photo is Golf R too ?

    • Geza

      R-line

      • RDS Alphard

        Ah , that explained the different mesh intakes ; R-Line is normal engine , right ?

    • samurai

      Yes, the Golf R Variant is a thing in europe. It’s not just a R-Line

  • ME

    The US is supposed to get a base 4 Motion model too?

    • Eunos

      No, because all you over there are lame s*ckers

      • ME

        Lame? We want the same as you.

  • SteersUright

    Always loved the Golf R in theory, but could never get myself to purchase one I think because at near $40k well optioned, there’s just too many other great options (lightly used 2014 Vette, Audi S3, 2006 Porsche 911 S, and on…). That said, if it was like $30k, I’d almost not be able to pass it up. Perhaps its priced too high then? Dunno. Either way, certainly wouldn’t mind a drive in one!

    • anonymous

      S3 is based on Golf platform so either way you’re for a winner there…

    • TheHake

      It would be even better if it was priced at $20k, Or $10K…

    • Vassilis

      Between the S3 and the R I’d choose the Golf. It’s set up to be more fun and it’s cheaper while otherwise being the same car essentially. It’s a shame it doesn’t look particularly interesting.

  • Gerald Michael

    Stick the 306 hp 2.0L under the hood of the new Tiguan and VW has my interest.

  • Miknik

    The TDI 4 Motion is hardly a new version, unless a friend of mine has been driving around in a prototype for a year and a half…..

  • klowik

    I like the “U” shape LED rather than this “L” shape.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    If this comes to the US in 3-door form, this will be my next car.