2018 VW Golf R: Too User-Friendly For Its Own Good?

Most motoring enthusiasts have always favored the Volkswagen Golf GTI over the competition, but in recent years the ante has been upped considerably to the point that 300 horsepower is now the admission ticket to the super hatch niche.

From the impressive Ford Focus RS to the two power kings of the segment, the Mercedes-AMG A45, the Audi RS3 Sportback and the flashy new Honda Civic Type R, one is spoiled for choice.

VW has, naturally, followed suit with the Golf R, which, despite its discreet styling, boasts a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that develops 310PS (306hp) and 400Nm (295lb-ft) of torque plus all-wheel drive.

With a six-speed manual gearbox, the Golf R needs just a little over 5 seconds to sprint to 100km/h (62mph), a time that drops to 4.6sec when fitted with the dual-clutch transmission.

The car is very well equipped, getting sport seats, an infotainment system and even carbon trim, but despite this, its interior strangely feels less sporty than a GTI’s, as CarWow points out in their review. They also advise those looking to use it on a daily basis to get the adaptive dampers.

But let’s see what else they have to say about the ‘R’, except for the fact that it’s “the most playful Golf ever”.

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  • seriously

    They have the S3, and TTS to be pseudo luxury versions of this car they should have made the Golf R more aggressive and hardcore like its competition . NIce car though it feels equally as nice as the S3

    • SteersUright

      Exactly! The Golf should be less “everyday GT” and much more hardcore. It appeals to a younger and less brand conscience enthusiast who wants Audi RS levels of performance at closer to VW prices.

      • nauticalone Ed

        Agreed. I’ve always thought too that the center dual exhaust of previous gen Golf R looked better on this car than the Audi S quad exhaust (no offence to Audi as the quad set up looks great on their S vehicles!)

    • Vassilis

      Well, the R is tuned slightly differently to the S3 which makes it a little more fun. But you really have to push it to get there.

  • LeStori

    Bored looking at it already…

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