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2018 Volkswagen Golf R

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2018 2.0T w/DCC & Navigation 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $39,785


It doesn’t come cheap, but the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R is a tempting package. It combines luxury features with about as much performance as you’ll find in a hatchback.

What's New for 2018

For 2018 the Golf R is down to just one trim. Previously optional features like adaptive dampers and active safety technology are now standard. The transmission gains a gear, and the engine gets automatic stop/start. The exterior sees a few tweaks, most notably the LED headlights and taillights. The interior infotainment touchscreen swells from 6.5 inches to eight.

Volkswagen Golf R

Choosing Your Volkswagen Golf R

Starting at $40,635 after an $820 destination fee, the Golf R veers dangerously close to luxury-brand territory. But it's far more focused on performance. Under the hood is a tuned version of the engine in the Golf GTI, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. In this guise it produces 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, making this a very potent hot hatchback, although not as hardcore as the Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R. Unlike those cars, buyers can choose between a standard six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, which is an option for $1,100. Getting to 60 miles per hour with either transmission should happen in less than five seconds. The EPA estimates mileage at 21 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Choosing the automatic bumps the city and combined ratings up a point.

Regardless of transmission, the Golf R comes standard with many luxury features. The wheels are 19-inch alloys, the headlights are adaptive LEDs, and the side mirrors are heated. On the interior, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seats with a heated front row, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror come standard. Keyless entry and push-button start are freebies, too.

The eight-inch infotainment display features app compatibility, navigation, and a USB port and is joined by Volkswagen's take on the Audi Virtual Cockpit all-digital instrument cluster – VW's system isn't as intuitive, but it still looks great (and works well, too, once you get the hang of it). The sound system is a premium Fender setup. VW’s suite of safety technology is all standard, including a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, collision warnings, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear traffic alerts, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, and intelligent crash response systems.

Besides choosing the transmission and color, that’s what you get with the Golf R. VW has taken it upon itself to solve the paradox of choice by providing customers with only a pair of choices. Even the interior is available only in black.

CarsDirect Tip

It’s hard to say no to a manual-transmission hot hatchback, but the automatic is both faster and more efficient. Add it and enjoy the most potent Golf on the market.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 292 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 7-spd Tiptronic auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time 4motion All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
72 Months / 72,000 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
21 / 29 / 25 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
3,300 Lbs. / 3,373 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.9 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
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
Sport Bucket
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
9 Fender
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
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
Front Assist W/autonomous Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pedestrian Monitoring Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Light Assist Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Park Pilot Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
72 Months / 72,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 72,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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