Volkswagen Golf R
It's an R thing
Some things are better experienced than explained. The winner of Drive Car of the Year 2023 Best Hot Hatch, now with more power and with improvements made to traction and road handling, the Golf R is a thrill-a-minute driving machine. Add performance styling that takes cues from motorsport, advanced driver technologies and an array of premium driver and passenger comforts, and you can discover exhilarating for yourself.
Which Volkswagen Golf R will you choose?
Volkswagen Golf R R
- Take off with power and style in the striking Golf R
- R exterior and interior stylinge
- Alloy wheels (Estoril) 19"
- IQ.LIGHT matrix LED headlights and premium LED tail lights with dynamic indicators
- Nappa leather appointed seat upholstery
- Electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory
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Precise and powerful styling
The Golf R’s sleek design and powerful presence convey a vehicle that is the epitome of sporting performance. With its lowered stance, large front intake and body-coloured side sills, the Golf R is the quintessential head-turner. The R Performance Package ups the ante further with its lightweight alloy wheels, large roof spoiler and aggressive-looking rear diffuser with four chrome-plated tailpipes.
Sporty comfort? Feel it to believe it
Put yourself at the centre of the action with the Golf R’s multifunction sports steering wheel, which offers responsive feedback and precision control. Bolstered, heated and ventilated front sports seats with integrated head restraints are covered in supple Nappa leather4 providing supreme comfort.
Striking wheels, superb braking
View the Golf R in profile and it’s hard not to be struck by the vehicle’s purposeful 19” Estoril alloy wheels and prominent blue brake callipers. Together they provide terrific on-road performance and ruthless stopping power.
Let the light in
There’s nothing like the Golf R’s panoramic electric glass sunroof for letting the sun stream into the cabin and the open air in your hair.
Performance at your fingertips
The Golf R’s Innovision Cockpit lets you call the shots by putting an exciting array of performance functions within easy reach. The Innovision Cockpit is an immersive, fully digital driver display landscape consisting of a customisable Digital Cockpit Pro instrument cluster with a 10-inch Discover Pro Navigation System that puts the driver firmly in charge.
Premium audio is music to the ears
In-car audio has never sounded as good as it does through the Golf R’s optional Harman Kardon premium audio system with its eight speakers and 480w amplifier offering superb bass response. Four pre-configured sound settings – Pure, Chill Out, Live and Energy – mean you can adapt your listening experience to suit your favourite music.
Impressive head-up display
Put essential vehicle information, such as speed and navigation assistance, right where you need it by projecting a head-up illumination onto the inside of the windscreen.
Climate comfort to savour
Banish arguments over the temperature setting once and for all with 3-Zone Climate Control. Driver and front passenger can select the optimal temperature for them with a simple press of the touch climate controls, while rear passengers have the luxury of setting their own temperature and fan speeds.
Ready for stress-free parking?
Take the stress out of reverse parking and avoid nasty bumps and scrapes with semi-autonomous parking technology that can help you steer into even the most challenging of parking spaces.5
Protection when you need it most
Every Golf R is packed with safety features designed to prevent an accident happening and mitigate the consequences of an unavoidable collision. Foremost among the clever technology contained in every Golf R is Proactive Occupant Protection. When a potential incident is detected, the system automatically tightens the front seat belts and closes the side windows (leaving a small crack) and sliding roof (if open) to better protect vehicle occupants.5
Savour supreme control
Ever had the feeling of driver and car acting as one? Experience perfect driving harmony with premium bucket seats, sports steering wheel and innovative driver aids all working together to put you in control.
Lost for words? That’s R styling for you
Take one look at the Golf R’s racing‑inspired styling, complete with its lowered stance, aggressive posture and signature R details and you’ll understand what can’t be put into words.
Our most powerful engine yet
The 2.0‑litre TSI turbocharged engine in the Golf R packs the ultimate power punch. A stirring 235kW of power and 400Nm of torque can propel the Golf R from 0–100km/h in just 4.8 seconds.
Ultimate drive power distribution
Handle every road like a racetrack with all‑wheel‑drive 4MOTION with R‑Performance Torque Vectoring. The feature distributes the engine’s output not just between the front and rear axles, but also variably between the two rear wheels for outstanding grip and stability.
Are you ready for exclusive driving profiles?
Take control of the Golf R’s ride and handling characteristics when you select from among six available driving profiles. Set your pulse racing when you press the ‘R’ logo on the steering wheel to activate the ‘Race’ driving profile setting. Send it into overdrive when you choose one of two exclusive R Performance driving profiles – ‘Drift’ for exhilarating drifting capability away from public roads and ‘Special’, which has been tuned for the exacting conditions of the Nürburgring‑Nordschleife.
Precision handling, maximum agility
How do you describe the Golf R’s assured all‑wheel drive system, which is networked via a Vehicle Dynamics Manager (VDM)? The integrated system performs minor braking interventions and alters damper compression on selected wheels to provide optimal traction and precise driving control.
2. Leather appointed seats have a combination of genuine and artificial leather, but are not wholly leather.
3. Safety technologies are designed to assist the driver, but should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices.
4. Optional accessories at extra cost. Overseas models are shown for illustrative purposes only. The above accessories may have an effect on fuel efficiency. Items such as sports equipment, cargo carriers and bike racks are shown for illustration purposes only.