Volkswagen Golf R 

  • $20k
  • 2014
  • 170 HP 2.5L
Equipped with all-wheel drive, the Golf R should offer better grip, handling and overall sense of command than the GTI, but some of our editors thought Volkswagen didn't execute this car's all-wheel-drive as well as it could have.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
The American market won't be privy to such efficient engines, but the Golf should be made available with a choice of at least three engines.
by MotorTrend

Road Tests Real world tests of the Volkswagen Golf R

0-60mph

Golf R Golf
9.56 s

1/4 mile

Golf R Golf
17.1 s

Data points Key details of the Volkswagen Golf R

Price

Golf R Golf
$20k
Audi S3
$51k

Horsepower

Golf R Golf
170 HP

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Powertrain

Even the sporty GTI model does better than that (27 mpg combined) when fitted with the DSG automatic, though it falls to 25 mpg combined with the six-speed manual.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
There are no fog lights; VW says it needed the room to fulfill the cooling needs of the engine and transmission.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2010)
VW claims 0-to-60-mph times of 7.8 seconds for the 2.5 five-cylinder with a manual transmission, 8.1 seconds with the automatic, and a top speed of 125 mph.
by Car and Driver (Oct, 2009)

Performance

Beyond the diesel, we'd cite the Golf's available DSG gearbox (optional on diesel-equipped Golfs), whose efficiency and immediacy are a perfect complement to the diesel's 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
Unlike the Evolution, STI and the last super-performance Golf (the 2008 R32), this Golf R feels lighter on its feet.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
It can pre-charge the brakes or apply full braking force if the driver doesn't react in time.
by MotorTrend

Handling

Across the range, the Golf remains a pleasure to drive, with a ride that's firm but compliant and quiet, taut cornering, and electric power steering that's responsive and conveys enough road feel to make the car feel sporty and connected to the road.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
Touchscreen navigation and a sunroof are options across most trim levels, and the TDI versions add steering-wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a multi-disc CD changer (remember those)?
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
If you want to drift it, you need to be aware that 100 percent of the power goes to the front wheels under normal driving, and the shift of power to the rear wheels takes a moment.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2010)

Engine

Successor to the R32, it ditches the V6 in favour of a turbo four and gives you the option of adaptive chassis control and a DSG gearbox.
by EVO (Feb, 2010)
What they envision as a greater strategy is the Toyota Prius-like parallel plug-in hybrid with an ever greater battery energy-holding capacity for greater and greater range and efficiency, plus a dedicated internal combustion engine for the application versus the boat anchor-like normal engines currently used by many.
by AutoBlog (Mar, 2011)
TDI models get a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel.
by cars.com (Jul, 2012)

Transmission

Two gearboxes are available in Europe, including a slick-shifting six-speed manual and the six-speed dual-clutch automated manual, or DSG.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2010)
EPA city/highway mileage ratings of 22/30 mpg are given for the manual, 23/30 for the automatic.
by Car and Driver (Oct, 2009)
Although the strong and responsive brakes lack that ultimate-sports-car sharpness and stamina, their performance is remarkable by hot-hatch standards.
by AutomobileMag (Dec, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Volkswagen
Price $19,995
Type of car Production car
Year 2014
City mileage 23 MPG
Highway mileage 30 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 18.25 lb/hp
Maximum hp 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM
Maximum torque 177 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM
Engine placement Front
Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.8 feet
Steering system Unknown

engine

Displacement 2,480 cc
Cylinders I5
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.25 in / 3.65 in
Valvetrain DOHC

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,102 lb
Height 58.2 in
Length 165.4 in
Front track width 60.7 in
Ground clearance 5.4 in
Wheelbase 101.5 in
Has a rear spoiler No

road tests

1/4 mile 17.1 s
0-60mph 9.56 s
Lateral acceleration 0.89 g

design

Top type Hard fixed

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD
Shift system Automatic
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Paddle shifters N/A

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link, Independent
Front brakes 11.3 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.71 in Disc
Front wheels 195/65 15
Wheel material Steel
Wheel material Steel
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