Is The 2017 VW Golf R Almost Perfect?

In a world where the Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R feature crazy rear wings, flared arches and gaping wide air intakes, it can be easy to forget about the VW Golf R. After all, it looks almost identical to any other Golf in the eyes of the casual observer.

However, the Golf R isn’t a car to be underestimated. The existing model might be getting on a bit compared to its main rivals but it is still the king when it comes to overall performance, luxury, comfort and practicality. Does this make it the perfect car?

Well, the guys at Carfection recently jumped behind the wheel of a 2017 example to find out and while the conclusion shouldn’t surprise you (it’s not perfect), the German hot hatch isn’t far off.

In its most recent guise, the hatch delivers 306 hp from its 2.0-liter TSI engine and when installed with the optional Akrapovic exhaust like this model, it sounds surprisingly impressive.


  • Six_Tymes

    I hope the next Focus RS crushes this in every way.

    • TheHake

      It will. Then VW will build the Golf 8 R.

    • Xandao

      It already does.

      • KidRed

        Ha, Ford will never come close in terms of fit and finish, materials, design, etc.

        • Xandao

          That, I agree. But in terms of performance, which is all about this kind of car, the RS is far better.

  • brn

    Near perfection? No. Other than the title, even the video doesn’t suggest near perfection.


  • JeyM

    Try the 308 GTI. All chassis technologies are purely mechanical. It’s the 911 R of the hot hatch.

    • Vassilis

      Yeah, not quite :p It’s a very good car, it’s pretty, very quick but not as capable as the top FWD hot hatches. It’s not even close to the Golf R.

      • Mill0048

        I’m still impressed with the engine output from that little 1.6l. And it’s nice and light to boot.

  • HeyNotYou

    Did they fixed the turbo issue blowing every 200 miles ??

  • dumblikeyou2

    Mclaren a staple? Ha.

  • Infinite1

    I don’t think it’s perfect, I also don’t think the Focus RS is perfect either but I like them both for what they’re built for.