Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen Golf R

About Volkswagen Golf R

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be aware that this vehicle's diesel engine is involved in a Notice of Violation of the Clean Air Act issued by the EPA to Volkswagen for producing and selling 4-cylinder diesel cars that include a software device that circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants. The EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) determined that these diesel cars emit up to 40 times more pollution than emission standards allow. Recalls, investigations and litigation are currently ongoing.

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf is no longer just a single model – it’s become an entire model line unto itself. Beyond the well-established 2-door and 4-door Golf hatchbacks, the Golf family also includes the roomy Golf SportWagen, an electric eGolf and the performance-oriented GTI and Golf R. Redesigned last year, the Golf is the largest it has ever been, providing better rear-seat and cargo space and a smoother ride. What hasn’t change for VW’s entry-level car is its affordable base price, a choice between gasoline and diesel engines and a long list of standard and available features. Not a VW fan? The Mazda3 has less horsepower but better fuel economy, while the Hyundai Elantra GT offers a better warranty and more standard features.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf R
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2016 Volkswagen Golf R
What's new for 2016?
2016 Volkswagen Golf R

The 2016 Golf gains a new MIB II infotainment audio system with VW Car-Net App-Connect technology. The system can support Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The Golf’s Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitor, Lane Assist and Park Assist.

2015 Volkswagen Golf R
What's new for 2015?
2015 Volkswagen Golf R

The 2015 VW Golf is all-new, 2.5 inches longer and a half-inch wider. With 5-passenger comfort and the cargo space of a midsize sedan, the new Golf weighs almost 80 pounds less than its predecessor. It features new turbocharged engines, formally adds the GTI to the family and has on deck the Golf R performance version, the e-Golf EV and Golf SportWagen.

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Consumer Reviews

1 Year in

By on Thursday, March 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "power comfort corners"

Cons: "miss driving manual..but this dsg is awesome"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Owned this car for just over a year has been a wonderful dd ..cross country trips.. very comfortable. a real sleeper car, you dont get noticed unless you want to. surprises everyone who gets in it..fit and finish in the interior is on par with much more expensive cars.. average 26mpg around town.. and 30 on the highway not bad for 300hp"

12 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Practical, fast and fun!

By on Saturday, February 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Feature for feature no competition, very fun drive"

Cons: "Reliability post-dieselgate & early coil work"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Negatives: Went into limp mode on freeway and had to be towed to dealership at 3K miles. Diagnosis was bad coil on cylinder 4. The front tweeters for the supposed upgraded Fender audio have serious static. Have had two flat tires due to puncture side wall with nail and staple. I think the 19" wheels have thinner walls than other options. Absent spare tire was fixed by buying the Audi A3 spare donut which added some convenience on the second puncture. Carplay hand off with iPhone is frequently not smooth. Turning radius isn't as tight as base Golf - already scuffed front rims. Got uncomfortable on my drive from San Jose to San Diego but that could be a reflection of my age as well :) Positives: The car is so fast and handles so well. I am 6'2" and carry my two kids in the back seats (1 booster, 1 car seat) frequently and never feel cramped for leg space up front. Car is a little low for me to exit - I find myself using the door frame to pull me up and out. DCC is great. I can put it in comfort mode for a smooth ride with my wife, kids and beagle, and then normal or race mode when I'm alone or with my friends. I didn't buy this car for good gas mileage so no comment there. It is fun and I love to drive it. Dual climate control and streaming bluetooth are surprisingly useful. At 7k miles I did stage 1 tuning to boost up to ~340 HP and it has been a blast. Night and day difference to me but wife still hasn't noticed because it putt-putts around town with good manners. It turns a few heads when showing its speed but otherwise passes for a common Golf and doesn't draw much attention that a luxury label or exotic car would. It's nice to fly under the radar. And boy does it fly."

11 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Expensive for a Golf, but a steal for what you get

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Performance, Luxury, Quality, Design, Practicality"

Cons: "Price, Golf (not R) ubiquity,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is perfect for my wife and I. We're city dwellers in our 50's who wanted a car with serious performance, yet would be easy to live with. Yes, there are faster cars built today, but seriously, it's as quick as supercars were not that long ago; and it sticks like glue to the road. When not succumbing to "my inner child" the car is as practical as any Golf. It's big on the inside with enough seat room for two adults in the back for anything shorter than a day-long trip. Put those rear seats down and you have the cavernous cargo area which Golfs are known for. The interior exudes quality--I liked it better than the interior of an Audi S3 which I test drove. And with the Dynamic Chassis Control set to "Comfort" it rides as smooth as the Audi as well. But if you put the DCC into its "Race" setting, it truly is ready to take a lap around the nearest track; even more sporty feeling than the S3. This is a car where you can have your cake and eat it too. It's also a sharp looking car; all of its lines are unified and seem to be there for a purpose. Vw has been building versions of this car for 40 years now, and that fine-honing of its basic design shows here. This latest iteration of the Golf R is lower, wider, and longer than the previous one, yet is still small enough to be a godsend when looking for parking spaces in the city. If you're looking for a car that looks like a race car, you'll be disappointed with the R, as while it has some subtle sporty design elements (bigger air openings in the grill, quad exhaust pipes, 19" wheels), it doesn't look like something with big wings on the back which a college kid would be happy squirting around town in. It looks "adult," just not a boring one. That said, I can't tell you how often I get guys in their teens and twenties taking long lusting looks at my R, some even taking pictures of it. Go figure. I can sum up owning this car best by saying that it's not just a great car which can handle the driving needs of daily life with aplomb, but it's also a car that after half a year of ownership, I still look forward to getting behind the wheel each time."

58 people out of 68 found this review helpful

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