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Volkswagen Golf R: Test Drive Review

Date: 26 May 2014

Category: Lower medium
P11D price: £29,664
Key rival: Ford Focus ST

Such is the pace of change in the motor industry that a 0-62mph acceleration time of 5.1 seconds can now be combined with an official economy figure in excess of 40mpg in a 300hp petrol-powered hatchback.

The VW Golf R uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with a 4Motion all-wheel drive system, and is available in three or five-door form and with either manual or DSG automatic gearbox options.

The latter takes acceleration below 5.0secs and drops CO2 from 165g/km to 159g/km, but it costs an extra £1415.

The car's performance is phenomenal for a sub-£30,000 hatchback, and on a motorway cruise the trip computer was reading a surprisingly high 37-38mpg.  

The R retains 43.4% of its value over three years to return a predicted cost per mile under 70p per mile. The 250hp Ford Focus ST can beat that due to being significantly cheaper and less powerful, but the Golf is about as sensible as silly can get.


Volkswagen Golf R 2.0 TSI 300 3dr
P11D price £29,664
Model price range £16,775-£31,970
Fuel consumption 40.9mpg
CO2 (tax) 165g/km (26%)
BIK 20/40% per month £129/£257
Service interval variable miles
Insurance (1-50) group 36
Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space min/max 343/1233 litres
Engine size/power 1984cc/300hp
Top speed/0-62mph 155mph/5.1secs


Given the performance, mpg and CO2 are very impressive