Overview (Final Score: B+)

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R is VW’s premium hot hatch, seated just above the Golf GTI in the high-selling Golf lineup of compact hatchbacks. Where the GTI generally sets the benchmarks for the market on the whole, the R sets its own standards of excellence by adding all-wheel drive, about 70 more horsepower, and better handling and braking than the GTI.

The Golf R is otherwise very similar to the GTI, which itself carries most of the excellence that makes the Golf lineup a popular buy worldwide. The R sacrifices some fuel economy and comfort in exchange for its higher performance, but those who buy one will not likely be worried about that tradeoff.

Read the full review.2018_golf_r-6688What We Love About the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R:

  • Extremely good performance on all fronts
  • Fun drive with surprisingly good fuel economy
  • Roomy and comfortable interior with plenty of day-to-day ergonomics

2018-volkswagen-golf-r-4What We Don’t Love About the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R:

  • Pricey compared to the other Golfs in the lineup
  • Not much in the way of exterior indications of the R’s superior performance
  • Predicted reliability only about average



Get more expert advice now in the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R’s FULL REVIEW with tips on its exterior, technology, safety, reliability, pricing and more.


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