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Review: Seven up
2019-01-11 16:10:00

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen's Golf is the family hatchback against which all others are judged - and in seventh generation form has proved to be the best selling version of this car ever made. Now it's got a smarter look, an all-new 1.5-litre TSI engine option, more sophisticated media connectivity and a range of important detail changes. If you're shopping in this segment, you might be asking yourself why you should buy a Golf. But perhaps the more pertinent question is whether there's now really any reason why you shouldn't.

Background

Volkswagen's modern era 'Peoples' Car', the Golf family hatchback, has been bought by an awful lot of people. Launched back in 1974 to replace the iconic Beetle, it was the model that saved the company through 29 million sales and six generations that brought us to the MK7 model that launched here in 2013. This seventh generation version has sold very well for the Wolfsburg brand, but in recent times, the launch of tough new rivals like new versions of Vauxhall's Astra and Renault's Megane has caused some in the market to wonder whether the premium required to own a Golf in the family hatchback sector is really worth paying. This improved version is Volkswagen's response. Plusher, safer, smarter, more efficient and higher-tech, its goals actually lie beyond simply being better than a Focus or an Astra. This rejuvenated Golf also aspires to appeal to buyers who might be considering premium-badged compact hatches from brands like BMW, Audi or Mercedes. Which gives you an idea of just how good Wolfsburg thinks this car is. Are they right? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

At the foot of the range, there's the well-regarded 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit, a three cylinder powerplant developing 115PS. Next up is the 1.5 TSI EVO petrol engine, offered in either 130PS or 150PS guises. The GTI Performance hot hatch offers 245PS and the top Golf R 4WD super hatch delivers 310PS. Many Golf buyers though, still want a diesel - possibly the 115PS 1.6-litre TDI diesel, but more probably the 2.0-litre TDI, available with either 150 or 184PS. With most engines, a 7-speed DSG auto gearbox is optional. As before, only variants developing more than 120PS get multi-link rear suspension: below that level, your Golf will come with a less sophisticated torsion bean set-up. As before, there's a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4WD Golf R super hatch model at the top of the range. Or, for the same kind of money, a Golf GTE plug-in hybrid model. Want the lowest possible running costs? Then you need the all-electric e-Golf. Either way, it seems Volkswagen has almost everyone's preferences covered.

Design and Build

In the family hatchback segment, there's still nothing quite as classy-looking as a Golf. Many variants now get full-LED headlamps and jewel-like LED tail lamps are standard across the range. On top versions, there are smart animated flowing indicators too. As usual, there's a choice between three or five-door hatch and estate bodystyles, both of which sit on the Volkswagen Group's light, stiff and very sophisticated MQB chassis. And behind the thinner multi-function steering wheel? Well, as ever, nobody does it better than this. It isn't that it feels especially plush, though the quality of materials used is excellent - and far better, incidentally, in this Wolfsburg-constructed Golf than Volkswagen's similarly priced but Mexican-built compact Jetta saloon. It's just that everything is of just the right quality and feels absolutely fit for purpose. In recent times, the cabin has been given a lift by the addition of smarter decorative trim panels on the doors, the dash panel and the centre console, as well as classier seat covers. Out back in the hatch version, there's a 380-litre cargo bay that's much bigger than that provided by rival Focus and Astra models. It can be extended to 1,270-litres if you push forward the rear seats.

Market and Model

The UK line-up retains a familiar feel, beginning in the hatchback range with S and rising through Match, GT, R-Line, GTE, GTE Advance, e-Golf, GTD and GTD BlueLine to GTI Performance and, ultimately, R. As before, Golf prices sit in the £20,500 to £35,000 bracket. There's a £655 premium to go from the three-door bodystyle to the five-door bodyshape that 90% of British buyers choose and from there, you get the option of finding a further £700 more for the estate bodystyle if you want it. As for specification, well even entry-level 'Match'-spec models get alloy wheels, front fog lights, tinted rear windows and the brand's 'Discover' navigation on an 8-inch 'Composition' centre-dash colour touchscreen as standard. Plus there's the option of a really sophisticated 'Discover Pro' monitor, this being the first Volkswagen infotainment system to offer both touch and voice-command operation, with gesture control in addition to proximity sensors. Your dealer will also want to tell you about the clever 'Media Control' app that can be used if your Golf's infotainment set-up incorporates a wi-fi hotspot. Passengers simply connect in their 'phones or tablets via the app, then the entertainment system can be operated from anywhere in the car. As you'd expect, there's full 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' compatibility so you can link in your smartphone and use your favourite apps in-car. And we like the new 'Security & Service' package that can automatically alert the emergency services in the event of a breakdown or an accident, book servicing and even advise you if the car is driven beyond a certain area, should you lend it out.

Cost of Ownership

When this seventh generation Golf was originally launched, its efficiency figures took a big step forward, thanks to the lighter MQB chassis. Those returns still look pretty good today: the 1.6-litre TDI 115PS engine is capable of returning CO2 emissions of 108g/km and well over 70mpg in regular use. Go for the 2.0 TDI 150PS variant and the figures are 109g/km and over 67mpg. What about petrol power? Well the base 1.0 TSI petrol unit puts out only 109g/km of CO2, while the 130PS 1.5 TSI EVO variant puts out just 113g/km of CO2 thanks to its use of Volkswagen's frugal Cylinder-on-Demand technology. In its 150PS form, Volkswagen reckons that this unit will return close to 50mpg on the combined cycle and 119g/km of CO2, figures not too far off what you'd get from some diesels. We're big fans of the plug-in hybrid GTE variant, which combines a 150PS 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and a 102PS electric motor. This variant claims a combined fuel economy figure of 166mpg and emissions of 39g/km and can travel up to 31 miles on all electric power. But of course that's nothing compared with the all-electric e-Golf variant, which offers a range of up to 186 miles from a full charge that can be pretty much completed in just 35 minutes through a combination of the car's special CCS combined charging system and a DC supply.

Summary

In the words of a previous Volkswagen Group Chairman, the only mistake a Golf can really make is to stop being a Golf, a failing you could never level at this improved seventh generation model. All the reasons you might want to buy one are satisfied here. It looks like a Golf and functions with all the quality you'd expect from the Western hemisphere's most recognised and most desired family hatch. This is what happens when all the resources of Europe's leading auto maker are focused on creating the definitive expression of conventional family motoring. True, it could be more exciting in its more affordable forms and you certainly wouldn't call it inexpensive in comparison with mainstream models in this segment. But then, this isn't a mainstream model any more, as good in every meaningful respect as the premium compact hatch models from the fancy brands that are much pricier. It is, in short, a Golf made good. Which, if you're shopping in this sector, makes it very desirable indeed.

Scoring:
  • Performance: 7
  • Handling: 8
  • Comfort: 8
  • Space: 8
  • Styling: 8
  • Build: 9
  • Value: 6
  • Equipment: 7
  • Economy: 8
  • Depreciation: 8
  • Insurance: 8
  • Total: 77

Review: Generation r
2017-11-10 17:18:00

Ten Second Review

The Volkswagen Golf R is back, this time trying to face down some serious competition. It's come equipped though, packing all wheel drive and an uprated 310PS output that sees 62mph flash by in under 5 seconds. It'll also register better than 40mpg on the combined cycle. Your everyday supercar is right here. There's now even a desirable 'Performance Pack' option.

Background

The GTI might be the definitive sporty Golf but there are those for whom even this iconic sports hatch doesn't quite deliver the goods. They want more. More grip, more speed, more presence, just more. The thing is, the market for exactly this sort of thing has been turned on its head by cars like BMW's M140i. Here's a car that delivers more. 340PS to be exact, and offers a premium badge in the process for less than £33,000. Volkswagen needed to respond and deliver a vehicle that could put the upstart M140i in its place. The GTI can't do that, even in its uprated 245PS 'Performance Pack' guise. But here's a Golf that can. The recently upgraded Golf R model, which now packs a 310PS punch and, unlike the BMW, has standard AWD. All for prices that start at around £32,000. Wolfsburg has hit back and hard. Go for the DSG version and you get the option of a 'Performance Pack' with uprated brakes and larger wheels, plus you can now specify a bespoke sports exhaust.

Driving Experience

That 310PS power output is the headline number as far as the Golf R is concerned but delve a little deeper and you'll find some other facts that might stop you in your tracks. In manual form it gets to 62mph in just over 5 seconds, but unleash its potential with a DSG twin-clutch sequential transmission and you can expect a few tenths to be shaved from that benchmark. Power is delivered through a quick-reacting Haldex all-wheel drive system, which sends drive to the front wheels during modest throttle loads, but can then direct almost 100 per cent of drive to the rear axle if required. Top speed is limited to 155mph. The ride height is 20mm lower than the standard Golf's and 5mm lower than the GTI's, while Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC) is an option. This offers a 'Race' mode, which increases damping, reducing body movements in the process. In conjunction with the 'Driver Profile' selector, 'Race' mode also further sharpens the throttle response and alters the shift pattern of the DSG gearbox.

Design and Build

Apart from that hoovered-to-the-tarmac ride height, the Golf R is distinguished by its revised front bumper assembly, indented with massive air inlets, a modified radiator grille with 'R' logo and daytime running lamps that are integrated into the now standard LED headlights, these part of a subtly re-styled front end. Move round to the side and you'll clock the aggressive body-colour sills and matt chrome-capped door mirrors. The R comes as standard with a tasty set of 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/40 tyres, but the optional 19-inch alloys are sure to be a popular fit. The brakes are ventilated discs all round, measuring 30mm by 340mm at the front and 22mm by 310mm at the back. A big part of the Golf VII design process was a determined weight loss plan and the R benefits from this. Its kerb weight of just under 1.5-tonnes might seem quite hefty for a family hatch sized car but factor in the all-wheel drive transmission and it doesn't seem quite so bad. The interior features cloth sports seats with Alcantara bolsters, with leather upholstery available as an option, while the instrument dials are unique to the R and include some smart touches such as blue needles.

Market and Model

The base sub-£33,000 asking price nets you a manual Golf R three-door. You'll pay another £650-odd if you want a five-door, while DSG transmissions tack another £1,400 onto those prices. There's also a Golf R Estate model, though for that, you'll need a £35,000 budget. All variants come with air-conditioning, a Driver Alert system, seven airbags, including a driver's knee bag, five three-point seat belts, ABS with ESP, XDS electronic differential lock and ISOFIX preparation for two rear child seats. Go for the DSG version and your dealer will offer you the option of an extra cost 'Performance Pack'. This gives you larger 19-inch 'Spielberg' alloy wheels, an uprated 'R-Performance' braking system, a de-restriced top speed and, on the hatch version, an extra rear spoiler lip that adds a useful 20kg of downforce at high speeds. With all Golf R models, there's also the option of a bespoke sports titanium exhaust package that produces a rortier engine note. It'll add nearly £3,000 to the asking price though.

Cost of Ownership

Granted, you don't buy a car like the Volkswagen Golf R to wow your friends with its environmental credentials, but it's hard not to be impressed with a combined fuel consumption of 37.7mpg for the manual car or 40.9mpg if you spring for the DSG transmission. Likewise, emissions are also very good, registering 180g/km for the manual and 160g/km for the DSG. That's for a 3-door model. That's one area where the Golf R scores a decisive advantage over the BMW M140i, which features a 3.0-litre six-cylinder lump up front that the Munich company does very well to massage down to 179g/km and up to 36.2mpg.

Summary

The Volkswagen Golf R might seem a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand, it's a four-wheel drive, 310PS, two-litre turbo road rocket; the sort of car that you thought had gone out of fashion with the demise of rally replicas like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. On the other, it's a wholly civilised, beautifully built family hatch that can better 40mpg and emits less carbon dioxide than VW's old Lupo GTI. That, more than its incredible performance figures, shows us how times have changed and how fast hatches have needed to rehabilitate themselves or die. Offering a strong value proposition and no shortage of capability, it's hard to see how this latest Volkswagen Golf R can fail. Can it match the vivacity and excitement delivered by the BMW M140i? That will very much depend on how you like your sports hatches but one thing's for sure. You've never had it so good.

Scoring:
  • Performance: 8
  • Handling: 8
  • Comfort: 8
  • Space: 8
  • Styling: 8
  • Build: 8
  • Value: 7
  • Equipment: 8
  • Economy: 8
  • Depreciation: 8
  • Insurance: 7
  • Total: 78

Review: Throttle open wide & say r
2020-02-11 17:16:39

Introduction

With the Volkswagen Golf R, the Wolfsburg brand tried to provide the definitive super hot hatch. This post-2013 version was the second Golf R model we'd seen from the company and it came equipped to cause some serious waves in the fastest part of the shopping rocket sector, featuring 4WD and packing 300PS, enough to reach 62mph from rest in just 4.9s. It'll also register better than 40mpg on the combined cycle. Your everyday supercar is right here.

Models

3dr/5dr Hatch

History

The GTI might be the definitive sporty Golf but there are those for whom even this iconic sports hatch doesn't quite deliver the goods. They want more. More grip, more speed, more presence, just more. The thing is, the market for exactly this sort of thing was turned on its head at the end of the Noughties by BMW's M135i. Here was a car that delivered more. 306PS to be exact, and delivered a premium badge in the process for less than £30,000. It was a game changer. Volkswagen needed to respond and deliver a vehicle that could put the upstart M135i in its place. The GTI couldn't do it. But Wolfsburg delivered a hot hatch that could. Step up the Golf R, launched first in 2009 in 270PS form, then re-launched as part of the MK7 generation Golf range in 2013 with 310PS. Both R models boasted 4WD - but it's the later post-2013 car we look at here as a potential used buy. This era Golf R was lightly facelifted in 2017, at the same time as power from its 2.0 TSI turbo petrol engine was marginally uprated to 310PS, then reduced again to 300PS near the end of the production run in 2019 to meet ever-tightening emission regulations.

What You Get

Apart from that hoovered-to-the-tarmac ride height, the Golf R is distinguished by its revised front bumper assembly, indented with massive air inlets, a modified radiator grille with 'R' logo and daytime running lamps that are integrated into the standard bi-xenon headlights. Move round to the side and you'll clock the aggressive body-colour sills and matt chrome-capped door mirrors. From launch in 2013, the R came as standard with a tasty set of 18-inch 'Cadiz' alloy wheels wrapped in 225/40 tyres, but many owners chose the optional 19-inch 'Pretoria' alloys. The brakes are ventilated discs all round, measuring 30mm by 340mm at the front and 22mm by 310mm at the back. A big part of the Golf VII design process was a determined weight loss plan and the R benefitted from this by shedding around 45kg from the kerb weight of its predecessor. Its kerb weight of 1,476kg might seem quite hefty for a family hatch sized car but factor in the all-wheel drive transmission and it doesn't seem quite so bad. The interior features cloth sports seats with Alcantara bolsters (leather upholstery was available as an option), while the instrument dials are unique to the R and include some smart touches such as blue needles. If you come to this post-2013-generation R model fresh from its direct predecessor, you'll find yourself feeling slightly more comfortable at the wheel but perhaps unable to precisely reason why. Let us tell you. The brilliantly comfortable seat was shifted back for the posr-2013-era model, at the same time as the pedals were made a little more widely spaced and there was more adjustment possible from the leather-trimmed, flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel, through which you view lovely instrument dials reminiscent of high-end chronometers. Start the engine and the needles swing once to the end scale position and then back. Lovely. In between the gauges is a centre display with carousel-style graphics that deliver everything from sat nav information to a lap timer. Some of this information is also replicated on the 8-inch colour infotainment touch screen that dominates the centre of the dash and will be the biggest cabin change for buyers of the previous 2009-2013-era R model, a feature you can control merely by swiping your finger across its surface as you do on a smart 'phone. This display is the starting point for operation of the Driver Profile selection system that can alter the throttle mapping and engine management set-up to suit your chosen driving style. More conventionally, there's access to the stereo with its DAB digital radio, the trip computer and all manner of Bluetooth telephony - enough to make your mobile device feel right at home. Especially if your car has been fitted with the 'Advanced telephone connection' option that'll enable you to link it in to the car's external aerial for improved reception. Thankfully, ventilation controls were left off the menu of screen functions, operable instead by three chunky dials below. Stabbing away at a touchscreen every time you want to change the fan speed or cabin temperature is a modern innovation most owners, we think, could do without. A bit like the electronic handbrake in fact, something you have to have here. In the back seat, you'll most notice the improvements wrought through the introduction of the hi-tech MQB platform - and the 53mm wheelbase increase it allows. Rear legroom rose with this post-2012 R model by 15mm, despite the change we mentioned earlier, that of the front seats being moved further back to better suit taller drivers. Shoulder and elbow-room were both improved too and headroom's also quite adequate, despite this generation model's small reduction in exterior roof height. As usual in this class, three adults would be a little squashed here but a trio of kids will be quite happy. Out back, there's more space for luggage than there was in the 2009-2012-era Golf R, the cargo bay 30-litres larger than before at 380-litres - that's 10% bigger than a Megane Renaultsport from this time and 20% bigger than a Focus RS from this period. It's easier to use too, with probably the lowest loading sill height in the class, a wide hatch aperture and a wide base on the dual-height luggage floor. There's a ski hatch too for longer items. Fold the 60/40 split rear seats down and you get useful 1270-litres - again one of the biggest spaces in the class from this era.

What You Pay

We'll quote prices based on the five-door bodystyle - the rare three-door version only saves you around £3000. Prices start at around £12,300 for an early '13-plate model, with values rising to around £19,200 for a late-16-plate car. Most models were fitted with VW's 'Discover' navigation system, which added around £300 to the value of the car - or around £900 more if it's the more advanced 'Discover Navigation Pro' set-up. A car with DSG auto transmission is worth around £700 more than a manual. Find one of the last-of-the-line Golf R models before production ended in 2019 and they won't be cheap. A typical five-door DSG model on a '19-plate is valued at between £28,500-£30,200.

What to Look For

Most owners of this 2013-2019-era Golf R model we surveyed were very happy with their cars, but inevitably, there have been those who have had problems you'll want to look out for. There have been a few reported issues with the DSG auto gearbox, so make sure the gearbox changes properly. Timing chains fitted to the 2.0 TSI petrol engine have been known to snap prematurely; this can cause a lot of damage - and more than that if the car isn't regularly serviced, so insist on a fully stamped-up service record. Golf R models can also suffer from high oil consumption, so it's vital to keep checking the oil level, even between services. If the level gets too low, it can cause damage to the engine or timing chain. One owner reported squeaky noises coming from the suspension over speed humps. Another noted that his steering wheel made a slightly wheezy noise when going round bends slowly. There were reports of the boot juddering when closing. And fuel caps that were difficult to open, making re-fuelling a struggle. One owner reported vibration from the door cards at the front and the rear. And another reckoned that his infotainment system was choosing not to function in very cold weather - and at times, was choosing to control itself. As for mechanical stuff, well we came across one owner who'd had a clutch go after just 4,600 miles - but that's very unusual. Another experienced faulty injectors. And another experienced a power failure related to his DSG auto gearbox. Also look out for smearing wipers, problems with the cabin air blowers and a rattle from the gearbox over speed humps.

Replacement Parts

[based on a 2017 model Golf R ex VAT] An air filter will be priced in the £13 to £20 bracket, an oil filter will sit in the £5 to £15 bracket. A radiator will likely cost between £95 and £115. The front brake discs we came across commonly sat in the £50 to £70 bracket, with pricier-branded discs costing between £120 and £250. The rear brake discs we came across commonly sat in the £40 to £86 bracket, with pricier-branded discs costing up to around £115. Front brake pads are in the £27 to £65 bracket for a set but for pricier brands, you could pay up to nearly £75. Rear pads cost in the £20-£37 bracket. A thermostat is around £19. A water pump is around £53-£73,. A radiator is around £152-£158. Wiper blades cost around £9.

On the Road

That 300PS power output is the headline number as far as the Golf R is concerned (upgraded to 310PS at the time of this car's 2017 model year facelift but then subsequently reduced to 300PS again). Delve a little deeper into this car's stats though and you'll find some other facts that will stop you in your tracks. In manual form it gets to 62mph in 5.3 seconds, but unleash its potential with a DSG twin-clutch sequential transmission and it rockets through that benchmark in just 4.9 seconds. Power is delivered through a fifth-generation Haldex all-wheel drive system, which sends drive to the front wheels during modest throttle loads, but can then direct almost 100 per cent of drive to the rear axle if required. Top speed is limited to 155mph. The ride height is 20 mm lower than the standard Golf's and 5 mm lower than the GTI's, while Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC) was a popular option. This offers a 'Race' mode, which increases damping, reducing body movements in the process. In conjunction with the driver profile selector, Race mode also sharpens the throttle response and alters the shift pattern of the DSG gearbox.

Overall

The 2013-2019-era Volkswagen Golf R might seem a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand, it's a four-wheel drive, 300PS, two-litre turbo road rocket; the sort of car that you thought had gone out of fashion with the demise of the Subaru Impreza WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. On the other, it's a wholly civilised, beautifully built family hatch that can better 40mpg and emits less carbon dioxide than a VW Lupo GTI. That, more than its incredible performance figures, shows us how times have changed and how fast hatches have needed to rehabilitate themselves or die. Offering a strong value proposition and no shortage of capability, it's easy to see how the Volkswagen Golf R found such a ready market amongst more mature hot hatch fans. Whether it's for you though, will very much depend on how you like your sports hatches.

Years:

2013 - 2019

Scoring:
  • Performance: 8
  • Handling: 8
  • Comfort: 8
  • Space: 8
  • Styling: 8
  • Build: 8
  • Value: 7
  • Equipment: 8
  • Economy: 8
  • Depreciation: 8
  • Insurance: 7
  • Total: 78

Review: Throttle open wide & say r
2020-02-11 17:16:39

Introduction

With the Volkswagen Golf R, the Wolfsburg brand tried to provide the definitive super hot hatch. This post-2013 version was the second Golf R model we'd seen from the company and it came equipped to cause some serious waves in the fastest part of the shopping rocket sector, featuring 4WD and packing 300PS, enough to reach 62mph from rest in just 4.9s. It'll also register better than 40mpg on the combined cycle. Your everyday supercar is right here.

Models

3dr/5dr Hatch

History

The GTI might be the definitive sporty Golf but there are those for whom even this iconic sports hatch doesn't quite deliver the goods. They want more. More grip, more speed, more presence, just more. The thing is, the market for exactly this sort of thing was turned on its head at the end of the Noughties by BMW's M135i. Here was a car that delivered more. 306PS to be exact, and delivered a premium badge in the process for less than £30,000. It was a game changer. Volkswagen needed to respond and deliver a vehicle that could put the upstart M135i in its place. The GTI couldn't do it. But Wolfsburg delivered a hot hatch that could. Step up the Golf R, launched first in 2009 in 270PS form, then re-launched as part of the MK7 generation Golf range in 2013 with 310PS. Both R models boasted 4WD - but it's the later post-2013 car we look at here as a potential used buy. This era Golf R was lightly facelifted in 2017, at the same time as power from its 2.0 TSI turbo petrol engine was marginally uprated to 310PS, then reduced again to 300PS near the end of the production run in 2019 to meet ever-tightening emission regulations.

What You Get

Apart from that hoovered-to-the-tarmac ride height, the Golf R is distinguished by its revised front bumper assembly, indented with massive air inlets, a modified radiator grille with 'R' logo and daytime running lamps that are integrated into the standard bi-xenon headlights. Move round to the side and you'll clock the aggressive body-colour sills and matt chrome-capped door mirrors. From launch in 2013, the R came as standard with a tasty set of 18-inch 'Cadiz' alloy wheels wrapped in 225/40 tyres, but many owners chose the optional 19-inch 'Pretoria' alloys. The brakes are ventilated discs all round, measuring 30mm by 340mm at the front and 22mm by 310mm at the back. A big part of the Golf VII design process was a determined weight loss plan and the R benefitted from this by shedding around 45kg from the kerb weight of its predecessor. Its kerb weight of 1,476kg might seem quite hefty for a family hatch sized car but factor in the all-wheel drive transmission and it doesn't seem quite so bad. The interior features cloth sports seats with Alcantara bolsters (leather upholstery was available as an option), while the instrument dials are unique to the R and include some smart touches such as blue needles. If you come to this post-2013-generation R model fresh from its direct predecessor, you'll find yourself feeling slightly more comfortable at the wheel but perhaps unable to precisely reason why. Let us tell you. The brilliantly comfortable seat was shifted back for the posr-2013-era model, at the same time as the pedals were made a little more widely spaced and there was more adjustment possible from the leather-trimmed, flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel, through which you view lovely instrument dials reminiscent of high-end chronometers. Start the engine and the needles swing once to the end scale position and then back. Lovely. In between the gauges is a centre display with carousel-style graphics that deliver everything from sat nav information to a lap timer. Some of this information is also replicated on the 8-inch colour infotainment touch screen that dominates the centre of the dash and will be the biggest cabin change for buyers of the previous 2009-2013-era R model, a feature you can control merely by swiping your finger across its surface as you do on a smart 'phone. This display is the starting point for operation of the Driver Profile selection system that can alter the throttle mapping and engine management set-up to suit your chosen driving style. More conventionally, there's access to the stereo with its DAB digital radio, the trip computer and all manner of Bluetooth telephony - enough to make your mobile device feel right at home. Especially if your car has been fitted with the 'Advanced telephone connection' option that'll enable you to link it in to the car's external aerial for improved reception. Thankfully, ventilation controls were left off the menu of screen functions, operable instead by three chunky dials below. Stabbing away at a touchscreen every time you want to change the fan speed or cabin temperature is a modern innovation most owners, we think, could do without. A bit like the electronic handbrake in fact, something you have to have here. In the back seat, you'll most notice the improvements wrought through the introduction of the hi-tech MQB platform - and the 53mm wheelbase increase it allows. Rear legroom rose with this post-2012 R model by 15mm, despite the change we mentioned earlier, that of the front seats being moved further back to better suit taller drivers. Shoulder and elbow-room were both improved too and headroom's also quite adequate, despite this generation model's small reduction in exterior roof height. As usual in this class, three adults would be a little squashed here but a trio of kids will be quite happy. Out back, there's more space for luggage than there was in the 2009-2012-era Golf R, the cargo bay 30-litres larger than before at 380-litres - that's 10% bigger than a Megane Renaultsport from this time and 20% bigger than a Focus RS from this period. It's easier to use too, with probably the lowest loading sill height in the class, a wide hatch aperture and a wide base on the dual-height luggage floor. There's a ski hatch too for longer items. Fold the 60/40 split rear seats down and you get useful 1270-litres - again one of the biggest spaces in the class from this era.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

Most owners of this 2013-2019-era Golf R model we surveyed were very happy with their cars, but inevitably, there have been those who have had problems you'll want to look out for. There have been a few reported issues with the DSG auto gearbox, so make sure the gearbox changes properly. Timing chains fitted to the 2.0 TSI petrol engine have been known to snap prematurely; this can cause a lot of damage - and more than that if the car isn't regularly serviced, so insist on a fully stamped-up service record. Golf R models can also suffer from high oil consumption, so it's vital to keep checking the oil level, even between services. If the level gets too low, it can cause damage to the engine or timing chain. One owner reported squeaky noises coming from the suspension over speed humps. Another noted that his steering wheel made a slightly wheezy noise when going round bends slowly. There were reports of the boot juddering when closing. And fuel caps that were difficult to open, making re-fuelling a struggle. One owner reported vibration from the door cards at the front and the rear. And another reckoned that his infotainment system was choosing not to function in very cold weather - and at times, was choosing to control itself. As for mechanical stuff, well we came across one owner who'd had a clutch go after just 4,600 miles - but that's very unusual. Another experienced faulty injectors. And another experienced a power failure related to his DSG auto gearbox. Also look out for smearing wipers, problems with the cabin air blowers and a rattle from the gearbox over speed humps.

Replacement Parts

[based on a 2017 model Golf R ex VAT] An air filter will be priced in the £13 to £20 bracket, an oil filter will sit in the £5 to £15 bracket. A radiator will likely cost between £95 and £115. The front brake discs we came across commonly sat in the £50 to £70 bracket, with pricier-branded discs costing between £120 and £250. The rear brake discs we came across commonly sat in the £40 to £86 bracket, with pricier-branded discs costing up to around £115. Front brake pads are in the £27 to £65 bracket for a set but for pricier brands, you could pay up to nearly £75. Rear pads cost in the £20-£37 bracket. A thermostat is around £19. A water pump is around £53-£73,. A radiator is around £152-£158. Wiper blades cost around £9.

On the Road

That 300PS power output is the headline number as far as the Golf R is concerned (upgraded to 310PS at the time of this car's 2017 model year facelift but then subsequently reduced to 300PS again). Delve a little deeper into this car's stats though and you'll find some other facts that will stop you in your tracks. In manual form it gets to 62mph in 5.3 seconds, but unleash its potential with a DSG twin-clutch sequential transmission and it rockets through that benchmark in just 4.9 seconds. Power is delivered through a fifth-generation Haldex all-wheel drive system, which sends drive to the front wheels during modest throttle loads, but can then direct almost 100 per cent of drive to the rear axle if required. Top speed is limited to 155mph. The ride height is 20 mm lower than the standard Golf's and 5 mm lower than the GTI's, while Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC) was a popular option. This offers a 'Race' mode, which increases damping, reducing body movements in the process. In conjunction with the driver profile selector, Race mode also sharpens the throttle response and alters the shift pattern of the DSG gearbox.

Overall

The 2013-2019-era Volkswagen Golf R might seem a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand, it's a four-wheel drive, 300PS, two-litre turbo road rocket; the sort of car that you thought had gone out of fashion with the demise of the Subaru Impreza WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. On the other, it's a wholly civilised, beautifully built family hatch that can better 40mpg and emits less carbon dioxide than a VW Lupo GTI. That, more than its incredible performance figures, shows us how times have changed and how fast hatches have needed to rehabilitate themselves or die. Offering a strong value proposition and no shortage of capability, it's easy to see how the Volkswagen Golf R found such a ready market amongst more mature hot hatch fans. Whether it's for you though, will very much depend on how you like your sports hatches.

Years:

2013 - 2019

Scoring:
  • Performance: 8
  • Handling: 8
  • Comfort: 8
  • Space: 8
  • Styling: 8
  • Build: 8
  • Value: 7
  • Equipment: 8
  • Economy: 8
  • Depreciation: 8
  • Insurance: 7
  • Total: 78

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience
  • 'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer
  • ACC - Adaptive cruise control with front assist, distance monitoring, city emergency brake and speed limiter
  • Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Driver alert system
  • Driving Mode Selection with four preset modes - Eco, normal, sport or individual modes
  • Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for fuel consumption
  • Power assisted speed sensitive electro-mechanical steering
  • Push tank flap
  • Rear view camera
  • Speed limit display
  • Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
  • Stop/start system
  • Think blue trainer driver tips and journey analysis
  • Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensors
  • Unique R instrument cluster
  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Entertainment
  • Composition media system
  • DAB Digital radio receiver
  • Driver Personalisation profile selection
  • MP3/WMA compatability
  • Multi device interface (MDI) via USB connection
  • Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
  • SMS Functionality
  • Title and cover art display
  • USB and SD card connectivity
  • Volkswagen media control
Exterior Features
  • 3D-LED tinted rear light clusters with indicator sweep function
  • Black front air intake and radiator grille with chrome insert
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour rear roof spoiler
  • Chrome trimmed front air intake surrounds
  • Dusk sensor + automatic driving lights
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Extended sill strips flared
  • Fully galvanised body
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • High level 3rd brake light incorporating LED Technology
  • LED headlights with dynamic light assist
  • Range adjustable headlights via infotainment system with LED daytime running lights
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Rear number plate lights incorporating LED technology
  • Rear window aerial
  • Rear window wash/wipe with intermittent wipe
  • Reflectors in all doors
  • Sill extensions
  • Unique R badging
  • Unique R design key
  • Unique R radiator grille with matt chrome strip
  • Uniquely shaped front/rear bumpers
  • Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
Interior Features
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 4 load lashing points in luggage compartment
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
  • Bag hook in luggage compartment x 2
  • Black roof lining
  • Climate control - 2 zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation and allergy filter
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Cover for storage compartment in centre
  • Dust/pollen filter
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment and two rear air vents
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Grab handles front x 2, rear x 2 with integrated coat hooks
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Interior light delay
  • Isofix preparation for 2 rear child seats
  • Load through provision with rear centre armrest and cupholders x2
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Overhead storage box
  • Rear diffuser in black with twin oval chrome exhaust tailpipes left and right
  • Storage box in luggage compartment
  • Storage compartment in roof console with cover
  • Storage compartments in centre console
  • Storage compartments in front doors
  • Storage compartments in rear doors
  • Stowable luggage compartment cover
  • Sun visors
  • Three spoke leather trimmed multifunction steering wheel with R logo and gear knob gaiter
  • Unique R gear lever knob
  • Variable boot floor, height adjustable and removable
Packs
  • Ambient lighting pack - Golf
  • Convenience Pack - Golf
  • Mirror pack - Golf
  • Winter pack - Golf
Safety
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • Airbags - Driver's and front passenger's, curtain airbag, Driver's knee, front side impact and passenger's airbag deactivation switch
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Driver/Passenger optimised head restraints
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) including Electronic differential lock (EDL) and ASR (Traction control) with deactivation via infotainment system
  • Front ventilated disc brakes and rear disc brakes
  • Pre crash preventive occupant protection
  • Three point height adjustable front seatbelts with tensioners
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
Security
  • Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Keyless entry with start/stop button on centre console
Technical
  • Anti-tramp function
  • Battery regeneration during braking
  • Mechanical limited slip differential
Trim
  • Carbon touch decorative inserts
  • Chrome plated air vent surround
  • Chrome plated electric mirror adjustment switch surround
  • Chrome-plated light switch surround
  • Piano black decorative inserts in centre console
Wheels
  • Steel space saver spare wheel

Optional Extras

Driver Convenience
  • Active information display - 12.3" high resolution TFT display
  • Car net app connect combined functionality of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, USB connection, audio and voice control
  • Discover DVD navigation pro, 9.2" touch screen European map data, 64GB HDD + voice control, Radio/DVD, Gesture control, car-net guide and inform plus
  • Discover navigation, 8"colour touch screen, 2D/3D European map data, Radio/CD, infotainment system via smartphone or tablet, Car-Net Guide and inform
  • Dynamic light assist with emergency assist,rear traffic alert, side scan, traffic jam assist and traffic sign recognition
  • Lane assist with dynamic light assist and traffic sign recognition
  • Removal of active info display
  • Voice activation for telephone and navigation
Entertainment
  • 4 X 20 watt output
  • 8 speakers
Exterior Features
  • Akrapovic titanium sport exhaust system
  • Carbon fibre door mirrors
  • Climate control heated windscreen
  • Electric sliding/tilting panoramic glass sunroof with integrated roller blind
  • Gloss black door mirrors
  • Matt chrome door mirrors
  • Metallic paint
  • Pearlescent paint
  • Premium paint
  • Rear tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
  • Rear tinted glass 90% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
  • Solid paint
  • Special Metallic paint
  • Special solid paint
  • Twin exhaust tailpipes x2
Interior Features
  • Carbon Nappa leather upholstery + heated front sports seats + manually adjustable lumbar support with embroidered R logo
  • Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
  • Electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory function for personal settings and electrically adjustable lumbar support
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front sport seat with embroidered R logo
  • Lumbar support for driver's and front passengers seat
  • Race cloth upholstery with grey art velours side bolsters
  • Vienna leather upholstery + perforated heated front sports seats with manually adjustable lumbar support
Packs
  • Dynaudio excite sound pack - Golf
  • R Performance pack - Golf Hatch
  • Smoking pack - Golf
Paintwork
  • Metallic - Atlantic blue
  • Metallic - Indium grey
  • Pearl - Deep black
  • Premium paint - Oryx White
  • Solid - Pure white
  • Special metallic - Lapiz blue
  • Special solid - Tornado red
Safety
  • Black brake callipers with R logo
  • Rear side airbags with rear seatbelt warning, seat belts tensioners for 2 rear outer seats and optical warning if seat belts unfastened
Technical
  • Dynamic chassis control (DCC) - variable suspension settings sport, comfort and normal
  • Lowered R sport suspension
Trim
  • Carbon nappa leather - Black + heated front sports seats + manually adjustable lumbar support with embroidered R logo
  • Carbon nappa leather - Grey + heated front sports seats + manually adjustable lumbar support with embroidered R logo
  • Race cloth - Titan black with grey art velours side bolsters
  • Vienna leather - Black + heated front sports seats with lumbar support
Wheels
  • 18" Cadiz alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts
  • 19" Pretoria alloy wheel with anti theft wheel bolts
  • 19" Pretoria black alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts
  • 19" Spielberg alloy wheel with anti theft wheel bolts

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE
  • CO2 (g/km): 162
  • HC+NOx: Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A): 70
  • Particles: Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 195
Engine and Drive Train
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: Yes
  • CC: 1984
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Code: DJHA
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
  • EC Combined (mpg): Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg): Not Available
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 32.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 32.8
General
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: No
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Badge Power: 300
  • Based On ID: Not Available
  • Coin Description: TSI 300
  • Coin Series: R
  • Generation Mark: 7
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 39E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 95
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 89
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 76
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 78
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Special Edition: No
  • Special Order: No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
Performance
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.7
  • Engine Power - BHP: 300
  • Engine Power - KW: 221
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Top Speed: 155
Test Cycles
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
Tyres
  • Alloys?: Yes
  • Space Saver?: Yes
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Style: CADIZ
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
  • Height: 1465
  • Height (including roof rails): Not Available
  • Length: 4263
  • Wheelbase: 2626
  • Width: 1790
  • Width (including mirrors): 2027
Weight and Capacities
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 55
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2020
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1270
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 380
  • Max. Loading Weight: 495
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1525
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9