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Volkswagen GOLF HATCHBACK 2.0 TSI 300 R 5dr 4MOTION DSG

Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 300 R 5dr 4MOTION DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 300 R 5dr 4MOTION DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 300 R 5dr 4MOTION DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 300 R 5dr 4MOTION DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 300 R 5dr 4MOTION DSG
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Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 300 R 5dr 4MOTION DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 300 R 5dr 4MOTION DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 300 R 5dr 4MOTION DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 300 R 5dr 4MOTION DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TSI 300 R 5dr 4MOTION DSG

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG39.20
  • 0-62mph4.7 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02164 g/km
  • BHP300
  • Torque295 lbs/f
  • P11D36%

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.

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You've done the Volkswagen Golf GTI and now want something with sharper teeth? Try the latest Golf R. Jonathan Crouch reports.

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.

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Driver Convenience
Active information display - 12.3" high resolution TFT display
Discover navigation, 8"colour touch screen, 2D/3D European map data, Radio/CD, infotainment system via smartphone or tablet, Car-Net Guide and inform
Lane assist with dynamic light assist and traffic sign recognition
'Lights On' 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
Front assistant collision mitigation
Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for fuel consumption
Power assisted speed sensitive electro-mechanical steering
Rear view camera
Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
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
8 speakers
Composition media system
DAB Digital radio receiver
Driver Personalisation profile selection
MDI multi device interface
MP3/WMA compatability
Multi device interface (MDI) with USB connection
Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
SMS Functionality
USB and SD card connectivity
Volkswagen media control
Exterior Features
Matt chrome door mirrors
Rear tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
Solid paint
Twin exhaust tailpipes x2
3D-LED tinted rear light clusters with indicator sweep function
Body colour door handles
Body colour rear roof spoiler
Chrome trimmed front air intake surrounds
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 curve lighting
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
Remote electrically foldable door mirrors, door mirror puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passengers door mirror
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
Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
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
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 decorative sleeve on gear handles
Black headlining
Black roof lining
Chrome pedals
Climate control - 2 zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation and allergy filter
Cooled glovebox
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 door sills
Illuminated vanity mirrors
Instrument lighting white adjustable panel illumination
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 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
Winter pack - Golf
Ambient lighting pack - Golf
Convenience Pack - Golf
Light and Sight pack - Golf
Mirror pack - Golf
Safety
Black brake callipers with R logo
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
Technical
Lowered R sport suspension
Anti-tramp function
Battery regeneration during braking
Mechanical limited slip differential
Wheels
18" Cadiz alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts
Steel space saver spare wheel
Security
Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
Electronic engine immobiliser
Keyless entry with start/stop button on centre console and front centre armrest
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
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 164
Noise Level dB(A) 70
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
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 Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
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
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 300
Coin Description TSI 300
Coin Series R
Generation Mark 7
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 37E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 94
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 89
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 65
NCAP Safety Assist % 71
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
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 Second Act
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
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

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