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2016 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

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2016 Golf R
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By Oliver
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2016 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)


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The R looks from the outside like an ordinary Golf. Rather plain. The driving experience is any but that! The R is an absolute sleeper. The multi-mode suspension settings allow for a very smooth commuter style ride to a "like it's on rails" type of ride. Interestingly, the most agressive setting isn't overly harsh at all. The traction from the all wheel drive is simply outstanding and allows you to get the power to the road without any drama. The interior ergonomics suits me extremely well. Steering wheel position, the actual feel of the steering wheel and along with its' size and shape is spot on. The seats are superb! (But no memory settings???) The last time I bought a VW was in 1999 and it was not a great car so it took a lot to get me to consider buying another. The R got me back.


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Golf R - The Best All-Around Car I've Owned
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By Daniel
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2016 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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This is definitely one of the most stunning and surprising cars that I've ever driven that has a high-quality Porsche feel to it when you're driving. I also love the fact that it is purely a sleeper car. For a mere $800 you can get a stage 1 tune and add almost an extra 100 HP and beat 2015 M3s, Porsche Carreras, and all sorts of muscle cars from Mustangs to Camaros and Dodge Chargers/Challengers. What's even more amusing is when you add some turns to the track and the Golf R will compete extremely well against anything you throw at it. Even with all the power, the gas mileage is pretty high around 25/26 combined mpg (80% city, 20% hwy).


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Golf R has got it all!
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By Rj
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2016 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)


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This car has got it all. Was looking at subaru sti and focus st, but this is better. More refined than those 2. Great power. Engine sounds awesome. Turbo is audible. Then the noise settles down when just cruising. So much fun. Great comfortable ergonomic interior. Very usable. Only real Downside is that price is a bit steep.


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Simpicate and Add Less Weight
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By Bob Maurer
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2016 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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The worst thing about my 2016 Golf R is the Owner's Manual! 434 pages fill mostly with attorney written warnings repeated over & over again to the point that it makes it almost unreadable. And the Owner's Manual is only 1 of 3 books that cane with the car. The brakes are great! Once you get above 2,000 rpm the engine has lots of grunt. The steering is a little numb in that you do not get to feel the road surface but force feel is appropriate. Like many cars today, the steering wheel is loaded with buttons but most of them are so small that you have to look down at the wheel to use them. The 'touch screen' does not work very well - I think they want you to use the tiny buttons. When you start driving the car, the complaints disappear since it is a joy to drive!!!


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Great little rocket hatchback thats fun
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By R
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2016 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)


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I have owned it for a month with only 1500 miles and I must say I love this car. I love the DCC and the ability on how it controls the suspension. I honestly thought it was going to a small improvement, but comfort really sorts out the bumpy roads quite well. Race mode makes things fun and tight. You can also custom Taylor the individual mode to how you like it too. Driving this car is very fun and I never want to get out of it. I also have a new BMW 328xi which use to be fun, but now drives like a boat compared to the R. If you have the chance to buy one just get it. It's a fast fun rocket that sits 4 comfortable with a very nice refined interior. The DSG transmission shifts awesome and keeps the revs up high while in sport mode. I initially tested out a bunch of performance cars at first, but once I drove the R it was a solid choice that ticked all the boxes perfect. All this package for under 40k was a great choice.


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