2017 Volkswagen Golf R

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2017 MODEL

$35,655 - $40,475

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If you love hot hatches and on the same time you want something to keep those eggs safe that you bought from the supermarket, check out the new 2017 Volkswagen Golf R. The Golf has been the people's favorite for decades because of the great performance it offers. The Golf is a reliable car and R adds the performance upgrades to your regular Golf. You can use the car for your family and they will love it. On the same time the car packs software to record your lap time so you know the Golf R is some serious stuff. The Golf R would have been my clear choice years ago but things are little tight now with its competition.

The Golf R starts at 15 grands more than the regular VW Golf. The 2017 year model of the Mk7 Golf R is priced at $35,655 with manual transmission and at $36,755 with automatic transmission. And there are some Optional features to increase the windows sticker price of the R. It is although hard to distinguish between the regular Golf and the Golf R. There are the R badges on the car, 4 on the body and R painted on brakes, but nothing flashy. If you were to drive your Golf R to the nearest gas station with your pal in his Focus RS, sadly your $40,000 Golf R will not attract any attention.

The Volkswagen Golf R has a powerful (stop laughing, it still has more power than most) DOHC I4, 4 cylinder engine that gives out 292 horsepower. This hot hatchback isn't slow either. The car doesn't have a launch control like the direct rival, Ford Focus RS, but still does a 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds. If the Focus RS is slightly faster than the Golf R, its launch control is to be credited for that. And also the 50 extra horsepower in the Focus RS. Check out our in-depth review to dig in deep about the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R.


7.0/10
Features

 

8.7/10
Engine

 

8.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.7/10
Interior

 

8.3/10
Exterior

 

9.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

If you love hot hatches and on the same time you want something to keep those eggs safe that you bought from the supermarket, check out the new 2017 Volkswagen Golf R. The Golf has been the peoples favorite for decades because of the great performance it offers. The Golf is a reliable car and R adds the performance upgrades to your regular Golf. You can use the car for your family and they will love it. On the same time the car packs software to record your lap time so you know the Golf R is some serious stuff. The Golf R would have been my clear choice years ago but things are little tight now with its competition.

The Golf R starts at 15 grands more than the regular VW Golf. The 2017 year model of the Mk7 Golf R is priced at $35,655 with manual transmission and at $36,755 with automatic transmission. And there are some Optional features to increase the windows sticker price of the R. It is although hard to distinguish between the regular Golf and the Golf R. There are the R badges on the car, 4 on the body and R painted on brakes, but nothing flashy. If you were to drive your Golf R to the nearest gas station with your pal in his Focus RS, sadly your $40,000 Golf R will not attract any attention.

The Volkswagen Golf R has a powerful (stop laughing, it still has more power than most) DOHC I4, 4 cylinder engine that gives out 292 horsepower. This hot hatchback isn\u2019t slow either. The car doesnt have a launch control like the direct rival, Ford Focus RS, but still does a 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds. If the Focus RS is slightly faster than the Golf R, its launch control is to be credited for that. And also the 50 extra horsepower in the Focus RS. Check out our in-depth review to dig in deep about the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Features

7.0/10

The Volkswagen Golf R comes in two options. The slightly cheaper variant comes with manual transmission and for $1100 more you can get the Golf R with automatic Transmission. All the other specs remains same along with the optional features which you can opt for in you Golf R.

Trim

Golf R

MSRP

(manual)

$35,655

MSRP

(automatic)

$36,755

Key

Features

  • Heatable front seats and washer nozzles
  • KESSY  keyless access with push-start button
  • LED signature daytime running lights
  • Multifunction Golf R sport steering wheel
  • Premium color multifunction display with trip computer
  • Bi-Xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-light System (AFS
  • Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity with voice activation control
  • Climatronic dual-zone electronic climate control
  • Sport HMI display
  • USB audio input
  • Fender Premium Audio System 8 speakers plus subwoofer

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Engine

8.7/10

The Volkswagen Golf R has the same 2.0L I4 engine as the regular VW Golf. But the R has a turbocharged engine that produces 292 horsepower from that tiny engine along with 280 lb-ft of torque. The trims of this car are divided on the basis of the transmission offered. The options are either a 6-Speed manual transmission or a 6-Speed Dual-Clutch automatic transmission. The engine noise sounds artificial. Sound that this 4-cylinder Golf R produces is much like a 5-Cylinder engine, and that is deceptive.

Models

Volkswagen Golf R

Ford Focus RS

Subaru WRX STI

Honda Civic Type R

MSRP

$35,655

$36,120

$35,195

$33,900

Engine

2.0L I4

2.3L GTDI 4-cylinder

2.5L turbocharged

SUBARU BOXER

4-cylinder

2.0L turbo

4-cylinder

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Horsepower

292hp

350hp

305hp

306hp

Torque

\xa0280 lb-ft

350 lb-ft

290 lb-ft

295 lb-ft

Acceleration

The Golf R is a fast hot hatch, fast enough to do a 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds. That the territory dominated by the cars costing double the price of Golf R. One odd thing you will find in Golf R is that, the 0-60 mph timings are not same for the manual and automatic transmission. Turns out, the Golf R equipped with manual transmission is a few milliseconds slower and as you guessed it, the dual clutch automatic transmission makes the car a tad bit quicker. The Ford Focus RS comes only with manual transmission and that turns out to be a 0.1 seconds quicker than Golf R. And that matters a lot on Drag Strip.

Models

Volkswagen Golf R

Ford Focus RS

Subaru WRX STI

Honda Civic Type R

0-60 MPH

4.6 sec

4.5 sec

5.7 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter mile

13.7 sec

13.3 sec

14.1 sec

14.0 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.3L

2.5L

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1

8.0

9.3

7.1

Braking

Mk7 VW Golf R has comparatively better brakes with 13.4 in. on the front and 12.2 in. in the rear. This setup brings the Golf R from 60 mph to a standstill in just 102 ft. Volkswagen isn\u2019t using those stickier, grippier tires on the Golf R as you will find on the Focus RS. So I would say the breaking could have been better.

Model

Volkswagen Golf R

Ford Focus RS

Subaru WRX STI

Honda Civic Type R

Brake Front (in.)

13.4

13.8

13.0

13.8

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

11.9

12.4

12.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3283

3434

3391

3117

60-0 MPH (ft.)

102

104

109

99

Ride and Handling

VW Golf R drives pleasantly, something that would please a 40-year-old gentleman. But give the car to someone who is in his 20s and he will call the Golf R, boring. Ride in the Golf R is so smooth that it would trick you into thinking that you are in S-class. Maybe I exaggerated it but the ride is really smooth for a  hatch. Compare it with Focus RS which rides bumpy all the time.

Golf R is a front wheel drive car, but some technology with the named asHaldex all-wheel drive system which converts this hatchback into an all-wheel drive. What is does is, sends 50% of the power to the rear tires to make that all-wheel drive mode effective. But obviously that does not feel as good as the actual all-wheel drive system. Results, Golf R doesn\u2019t do well on the corners and feels a tad slower around the lap.

The engine in the Golf R is turbocharged but I think it isn\u2019t tuned as well. There is recognizable turbo lag and this gives you a feel of understeer all the time. The Golf R understeers when going out of the corner and understeers most of the time. But apart from that, the Golf R is a fun car drive.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Fuel Economy

8.1/10

The fuel economy in this car is something you can get going with. The car will run for 22 miles in the city for a gallon of fuel. And that same one gallon of fuel will take you 31 miles far on a highway. The combined gas mileage in Golf R is 25 mpg. So the fuel consumption in this car is normal and fall in the same category as other cars. 2017 VW Golf R gets a fuel tank capacity of 14.5 gallons.

Model

Volkswagen Golf R

Ford Focus RS

Subaru WRX STI

Honda Civic Type R

MPG (city)

22

19

17

22

MPG (highway)

31

25

23

28

MPG (combined)

25

22

19

25

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Interior

8.7/10

The top-spec R model has a handsome but functional interior with excellent fit and finish, attractive materials, and tastefully upscale accents - Caranddriver

Seating and Comfort

The VW Golf R hatchback gets the seating capacity of 5 with two on the front and three on the rear.An armrest housing two cup holders can be brought out of the middle seat on the rear, if unoccupied. There is a plenty of legroom for both the front and rear seats. The headroom is good enough for a 6 foot tall that he won\u2019t bang his head against the roof.

Model

Volkswagen Golf R

Ford Focus RS

Subaru WRX STI

Honda Civic Type R

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.4/55.9/41.2

39.1/55.6/41.9

39.8/55.6/43.3

39.3/56.9/42.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1/53.9/35.6

37.9/52.6/33.4

37.1/54.2/35.4

37.4/55/35.9

Interior Features

Interior gets a nice monotone leather finish. The interior is complete black with some nice aluminum accents to highlight the lines inside. The steering wheel is covered with leather to give a soft touch to it. The driver seat is 12-way power adjustable that is something not all cars in this price segment has.

  • Cruise Control
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Keyless Start
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel Control
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
  • Electrochromic Rearview Mirror
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Driver and Passenger illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Driver and Passenger Seat lumbar
  • Bucket Seats
  • 12-Way Power adjustable Driver Seat
  • 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seats with Centre Armrest and Pass-Through

Infotainment

The car gets the smart device integrating using the Android Auto, Apple CarPlay or MirrorLink. To enjoy the radio you get AM, FM and Sirius XM for the Satellite Radio. Although the VW doesn\u2019t offer any trial period to try the Sirius XM service. CD player and SD card slots are also available. With things shifting to Cloud now, CD and SD cards seems outdated but it is always good to have them. And you get to enjoy all your content on a 6.5 inch touch screen with voice control to activate your personal AI assistant. For some extra cash you can upgrade to an  touch infotainment system.

  • 6.5 inch Touchscreen infotainment system with voice control
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • HD Radio
  • MP3 Player
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Smart Device Integration (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink)
  • Onboard Hands-Free Communication
  • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
  • Fender Premium Audio System with 8-Speakers and a SubWoofer
  • Discover pro 8.0 optional infotainment system

Cargo

This car gets the cargo space of 23 cubic feet for basic luggage and that can be doubled by folding the rear seats. And that cargo space in this hatchback is more than what you would have imagine for this small car.

Model

Volkswagen Golf R

Ford Focus RS

Subaru WRX STI

Honda Civic Type R

Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3)

22.8

23.8

19

25.7

Cargo Volume rear seat folded (ft.3)

52.7

44.8

44

46.2

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Exterior

8.3/10

Unlike its more flamboyant rivals, the Golf R’s appearance is entirely appropriate for discerning adult enthusiasts, striking a satisfying balance between simple and sophisticated - Carandriver

Dimension and Weight

Golf R by the Volkswagen has the exact same dimensions as the regular Golf and Golf GTI. Although the R is a tad bit heavier than the GTI. VW Golf R sits long at 168.4 inches with a width of 70.8 inches and height of 56.6 inches, same as the Golf GTI. Those dimensions make the Golf R smaller than the Ford Focus RS in every aspect. The Golf R is smaller than the Subaru WRX and Civic Type R but those cars do not comes with a proper hatchback body style.

Model

Volkswagen Golf R

Ford Focus RS

Subaru WRX STI

Honda Civic Type R

Curb weight (lbs.)

3283

3434

3391

3117

Length(in)

168.4

172.8

180.9

179.4

Width(in)

70.8

71.7

70.7

73.9

Height(in)

56.5

58

58.1

56.5

Ground clearance (in)

4.8

4.7

4.9

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

103.5

104.2

104.3

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

60.7/59.7

61.2/60.4

60.2/60.6

63.0/62.7

Exterior Features

2017 VW Golf R is a car with mighty power hidden under its regular, simple looking body style. So you dont get much of the options on the exterior. The car bears the Bi-Xenon lights with LED daytime running lights. A small spoiler lip sits on the rear top of the car to provide the downforce it needs to stick on the track.

  • Exterior Colors: Deep Black Pearl, Lapiz Blue Metallic, Limestone Grey Metallic, Oryx White Pearl, Tornado Red
  • 4MOTION Hatchback body style
  • Rear Defrost
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Spoiler Lip
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Auto-Off Headlights
  • HID Headlights
  • LED Signature Daytime Running lights
  • Variable Intermittent Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Sport Suspension

Wheels

While for the Golf GTI, VW offers a long list for the wheel options. VW gives only two options to choose from for its Golf R.

  • 19 Cadiz Alloy Wheels with summer performance tires
  • 19 Pretoria Alloy Wheels  Alloy Wheels

 

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Safety

9.1/10

Safety Features

For the safety this car doesnt get the Traction Control but the 4MOTION all-wheel drive ensure you get most traction to not lose control. Comes with Electronic Stability Control rather. And if things go wrong, it packs Airbags in front and side of the car for all.

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Rearview camera
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Sport Mode
  • Dynamic Chassis Control
  • Driver & front passenger front & side airbags and front & rear Side Curtain Protection
  • Cruise control
  • Alarm system

 

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Ratings

2017 Volkswagen Polo R has not been rated by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) yet.

 

NHTSA Ratings

Overall rating

5 star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

4 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

5 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

4 star

Side barrier rating driver

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

4 star

Combined side rating front seat

5 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

 

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Competition

Ford Focus RS Vs Golf R GTI

Ford Focus RS is a true competitor to the Polo R. Comes in the same price segment and does beats the Polo R in most segments. Focus RS comes with 50 more horsepower and is a tad bit quicker than the Polo R. But the ride quality is not comfortable as it is in Polo R. Sure, the young will love the ride in the Focus RS because the young want it rush and not a calm ride. The Polo R has a smooth ride experience and it feels calm even when rushing to some place. But turbo lag gives a sensation of understeer and that is something that will annoy you in VW Polo R.

Subaru WRX STI Vs Golf R GTI

Subaru WRX (called Subaru Impreza WRX earlier) also comes with a turbo 4-cylinder engine. Undoubtedly the WRX looks way more wicked and aggressive than the calm looking Golf. It looks like that WRX will outperform the Golf R, but that is not the case. The Subaru turns out to be slower than our fan favorite Golf R. Both falls under the category of rally cars. And acceleration doesn\u2019t matter as much as handling on dirt tracks. It is difficult not to be excited in the Subaru. With its 2.5L turbocharged engine, it makes some serious noise to wake the dead nearby. Sadly you don\u2019t get any of that in the Golf R. Golf is just fast without giving that big smile on your face.

Honda Civic Type R Golf R GTI

I have to say the Golf R packs less power of the pack here. Civic Type R falls in the same category as the Golf R. Not the hatchback, by same category I meant Rally cars. So here the Civic Type R packs a few horses more than the Golf R under its hood and that must result in a quicker car. That is not the case, the Golf R is faster than the Type R, although the Type R has the higher top speed than the Golf R. VW really seems to be in trouble with the competition making the cars more powerful than the Golf R. But the Volkswagens are more reliable than the others.

 

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Final Verdict

Volkswagen Golf R is a nice small hatchback with good power under its hood for its size. The ride quality is so smooth that it is an eligible candidate to be the everyday car. On the same time the Golf R might not be a good idea for the racing for pink slips because Golf R might lose to the cars like Focus RS. But it feels great to take it out on a track day, not to mention it comes with all the software to record your lap information. It\u2019s like it is meant to be taken on track. For almost 40 grand, the car is great but the design is so underrated that your little track monster might go unnoticed in the neighborhood.

The understated sport compact for adults in a hurry - Caranddriver

Pros

Ultimate performance from heavily turbocharged engine

Ride as smooth as any luxury car

Great handling without sacrificing the ride quality

Cons

Turbo lag

Monotone Interior

Understeer when exiting the corners

What's New?

Driver Assistance Package

Lane Departure Warning

Parking sensors

High Beam Control


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35655

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

126 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu. in.

horsepower

292 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

280 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4 in. ventilated disc brakes/13.4 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

103.5 in.

length

168.4 in.

width

70.8 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

3283 lbs.

ground clearance

4.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

22.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

970 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/31 mpg

highway range

449.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Volkswagen Golf R in Tornado Red color  2017 Volkswagen Golf R in Oryx White Pearl Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Golf R in Limestone Gray Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Golf R in Lapiz Blue Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Golf R in Deep Black Pearl color
Tornado Red

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine

8.7

Fuel Economy

8.1

Interior

8.7

Exterior

8.3

Safety

9.1

Driving

8.1

Comfort

7.9

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Volkswagen Golf R 4dr Hatchback AWD

4dr Hatchback AWD

power
292 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$35,655 - $36,755


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $35,655 MSRP (22/25/31) 292 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual all wheel drive 5   Deep Black Pearl
  Lapiz Blue Metallic
  Limestone Gray Metallic
  Oryx White Pearl Metallic
  Tornado Red
4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $36,755 MSRP (23/25/30) 292 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Deep Black Pearl
  Lapiz Blue Metallic
  Limestone Gray Metallic
  Oryx White Pearl Metallic
  Tornado Red

 2017 Volkswagen Golf R 4dr Hatchback

4dr Hatchback

power
292 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$39,375 - $40,475


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $39,375 MSRP (22/25/31) 292 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual all wheel drive 5   Deep Black Pearl
  Lapiz Blue Metallic
  Limestone Gray Metallic
  Oryx White Pearl Metallic
  Tornado Red
w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $40,475 MSRP (23/25/30) 292 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Deep Black Pearl
  Lapiz Blue Metallic
  Limestone Gray Metallic
  Oryx White Pearl Metallic
  Tornado Red