Facelifted VW Golf R Hits The Track During In-Depth Review

With hot hatchbacks like the Audi RS3 or the Mercedes-AMG A45 becoming less unassuming than some might like, cars such as the facelifted Golf R are quietly getting better.

V-Dub only added an extra 10 PS (10 HP) and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) of torque to the updated Golf R, and yet its 310 PS (306 HP) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) engine can push it to 100 km/h (62 mph) in as little as 4.6 seconds.

If that doesn’t seem fast enough for you, try and remember that the first iteration of the A45 AMG (before the facelift) also needed 4.6 seconds in order to hit that same mark. We’re talking supercar-like acceleration in a VW Golf, and that’s impressive.

Now, thanks to this review from Autogefühl, we get a pretty in-depth look at the Golf R, as we hear about performance, on-board tech and even how easy or not so easy the car is to drift. You can of course, purchase the Golf R with either a manual gearbox or a DSG, though it seems that even if you’re into doing all the work (opting for a manual), getting the Golf R to step out of line isn’t that easy.

The reviewer states that he needed to really force the car in order to get it to slide, which pretty much means VW wanted to focus on performance rather than fun with this car. Speaking of performance, while it may be a really quick car, there’s not much between this facelifted model and the one that came before it as far as straight line speed.

Luckily, there are some changes you can’t ignore, both outside and in. We’re talking new LED lights and a new composite color infotainment system, both available as standard on the hot hatchback.


  • Six_Tymes

    I like this a lot. I would rather have a RS3 or a Focus RS but i suppose the cost is much higher than this? I might check this out.

    • ace_9

      If you are asking such a question, then you are obviously a noob who is no different from the bunch of sheeps, which I saw today in Honda showroom. They all wondered around new Civic and they talked with the dealer almost exclusively only about fuel consumption and some of them made expert remarks about better looks than previous generation. Nobody knew nothing about the car itself, they just happened to hear somewhere that it looks nice, so they went to check the price and ask about fuel consumption to the dealership. Just buy a corolla or whatever is the default standard car in your country and do not pretend to be some kind of car enthusiast.

      • what.


      • Mike


      • Silimarina

        Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed?

        • ace_9

          Just a job task going ridiculously wrong on multiple levels…

      • SteersUright

        Calm down. He’s allowed to have his own opinion as you are entitled to yours.

        • ace_9

          What opinion ? He just has the money and wants some fancy hot hatchback to make his neighbours jelaous or possibly impress some women (that would be actually at least partially acceptable). Just another potential youtube material even despite the fact that he cannot buy a mustang…

          • SteersUright

            Huh? How do you know his financial situation. Neighbor’s jealous? How do you know he doesn’t just love sports cars but needs something practical? Impress women? Youtube material? He has money but can’t buy a Mustang?
            All I got was, he prefers an Audi RS3 or a Focus RS, but believes this may be a totally cool and acceptable compromise as he believes it may be much cheaper (I dont know that it actually will be).

    • Vassilis

      It depends on the country but in general yes the RS3 is significantly more expensive. The Focus costs around the same.

  • McF1

    A great review. Very informative.

  • SteersUright

    Great $30k car! At $40k…I dunno, not so much anymore.

    • ace_9

      Great if you just want to go fast and have a decent passenger and luggage capacity without any car personality whatsoever…

      • SteersUright

        Just the sheer speed, decent engine noise, and fast shifting DSG already ensure some type of sporting experience. This is not a dedicated sporting machine, its a compromise of many priorities including performance, and a damn good one I’d venture to say. I just would prefer many others once we get to $40k but, I’d take a long, hard look were it $30k.

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