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2016 Volkswagen Golf R

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2016 4-Door 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $35,650


Fervent “hot hatch” enthusiasts have their favorites, but the Golf R is likely to turn up on quite a few “wanted” lists. Based upon the excellent Golf hatchback, the R edition adds all-wheel drive as well as an intensively-boosted turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

End result is one of the supreme, boldly swift, small cars on the market. Yet, the Golf R retains all the practical merits expected from Volkswagen’s long-lived compact hatchback, adding a premium feel overall. Occupying the same world as a Subaru WRX STI, an “R” can whip through curves and corners with dispatch, as well as providing daily commuter service. Because the Golf R has a sedate profile, boasting propriety and functionality, it stands apart from the assertive appearance of those Subarus.

What's New for 2016

The 2015 model came out late in the season, only with VW’s dual-clutch transmission (DSG). A six-speed manual-shift version is added for 2016. The base price has dropped a bit, but with the manual gearbox as standard; a DSG version costs more than in 2015. A new Driver Assistance Package is available for the DCC w/Navigation model.

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Choosing Your Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen’s 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG) delivers power to all four wheels via Volkswagen’s 4Motion system. Basically the same as Audi’s quattro, the all-wheel-drive system helps provide the kind of grip that’s needed at higher velocities, with this level of power lurking beneath the hood. Fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway with manual shift, versus 23/30 mpg with the Direct Shift Gearbox. Only one body style is offered: a five-door hatchback.

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Starting at $36,470 with manual shift (including destination charge), the basic Golf R comes with an abundant collection of standard equipment. The list includes leather sport seats, a 12-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and keyless entry with pushbutton start. Xenon headlights, LED running lights, a drive-mode selector, 5.8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a backup camera, and 18-inch wheels also are standard.

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DCC w/ Navigation

Rather than picking items from a list of options, buyers can choose a separate trim level that adds navigation for the touchscreen radio, as well as Fender premium audio, front and rear parking sensors, and 19-inch wheels. Also included is the DCC adaptive damping system for the suspension, with selectable Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes.

A newly available Driver Assistance Package for the DCC w/Navigation model includes adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning and autonomous emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, and Park Distance Control

CarsDirect Tip

If a Golf GTI simply isn't stimulating enough, VW has an "R" edition at the ready. Of course, you may be paying nearly $40,000 for a car that's built upon a moderately-priced foundation; but Volkswagen delivers a lot of performance for the price. We'd skip the extra-cost navigation, because the standard system is quite good. Besides, adding extras pushes the total price closer to that of an Audi A3, which is mechanically similar to this blazing Golf.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
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Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 292 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 6-spd Tiptronic auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time 4motion All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 31 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 292 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time 4motion All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 31 / 26 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
14.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
52.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
93 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
168.4 "
Exterior Width
70.8 "
Exterior Height
56.5 "
Front Headroom
38.4 "
Rear Headroom
38.1 "
Front Legroom
41.2 "
Rear Legroom
35.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,305 Lbs. / 3,362 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.9 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way (2-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
8 / 9 Fender
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Sport
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer Iii
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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