Used 2016 Volkswagen Golf R

2016 Volkswagen Golf R
List price range
$26,900 - $33,034

Pros

  • Impressive all-wheel-drive performance
  • civilized ride quality, even on rough roads
  • interior is fitted with high-quality materials
  • hatchback design means generous cargo capacity
  • admirable fuel economy for such a fast car.

Cons

  • Debatable value relative to regular GTI.

Used 2016 Volkswagen Golf R for Sale

Volkswagen Golf R 2016 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
18,993 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Golf R
Base
List$29,841
Est.Loan: $543/mo
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2016 Volkswagen Golf R 4Motion Limestone Gray Metallic **BACKUP CAMERA**, **ONE OWNER**, **LEATHER**, **HEATED SEATS**, **BLUETOOTH**, **BALANCE OF FACTORY WARRANTY**, **SIRIUS/XM RADIO**, 4D Hatchback, 2.0L TSI, 6-Speed Manual, AWD, Black w/Leather Seating Surfaces. Clean CARFAX. 31/22 Highway/City MPG Odometer is 10941 miles below market average! Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! Reviews: * Impressive all-wheel-drive performance; civilized ride quality, even on rough roads; interior is fitted with high-quality materials; hatchback design means generous cargo capacity; admirable fuel economy for such a fast car. Source: Edmunds The Used Vehicle Sale Price is plus sales tax, tag fees and a $300 processing charge. All prices, specifications, and availability are subject to change without notice. Pictures may be for illustrative purposes only; offers not valid on prior sales. Please contact Criswell Chevrolet in Gaithersburg, MD for details and the most current information. MD State Inspected with a Fresh Oil Change! Every Pre-Owned vehicle purchased from Criswell Chevrolet comes with a free CARFAX vehicle history report. The Used Vehicle Sale Price is plus sales tax, tag fees and a $300 processing charge. All prices, specifications, and availability are subject to change without notice. Pictures may be for illustrative purposes only; offers not valid on prior sales. Please contact Criswell Chevrolet in Gaithersburg, MD for details and the most current information.
Volkswagen Golf R 2016 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
7,039 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Golf R
Base
List$33,034
Est.Loan: $601/mo
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Heated Top Sport Front Seats,Leather Seating Surfaces,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,Air Conditioning,Electronic Stability Control,Front Bucket Seats,Front Center Armrest,Leather Shift Knob,Spoiler,Tachometer,ABS brakes,Alloy wheels,Anti-whiplash front head restraints,Automatic temperature control,Brake assist,Bumpers%3A body-color,CD player,Driver door bin,Driver vanity mirror,Dual front impact airbags,Dual front side impact airbags,Emergency communication system,Four wheel independent suspension,Front anti-roll bar,Front dual zone A/C,Front reading lights,Fully automatic headlights,Headlight cleaning,Heated door mirrors,Heated front seats,Illuminated entry,Low tire pressure warning,MP3 decoder,Occupant sensing airbag,Outside temperature display,Overhead airbag,Overhead console,Panic alarm,Passenger door bin,Passenger vanity mirror,Power door mirrors,Power driver seat,Power passenger seat,Power steering,Power windows,Radio data system,Rain sensing wipers,Rear anti-roll bar,Rear reading lights,Rear seat center armrest,Rear window defroster,Rear window wiper,Remote keyless entry,Security system,Speed control,Speed-sensing steering,Split folding rear seat,Sport steering wheel,Steering wheel mounted audio controls,Telescoping steering wheel,Tilt steering wheel,Traction control,Trip computer,Turn signal indicator mirrors,Variably intermittent wipers,Front beverage holders,Auto-dimming Rear-View mirror,Speed-Sensitive Wipers,Compass,High intensity discharge headlights%3A Bi-Xenon,AM/FM radio%3A SiriusXM,Exterior Parking Camera Rear
Volkswagen Golf R 2016 w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
19,811 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Golf R
w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation
CarMax
28.5 mi away
List$32,998
Est.Loan: $601/mo
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final purchase will be made in VA, and excludes tax, title, tags and $299 CarMax processing fee (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.
Volkswagen Golf R 2016 w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
21,743 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Golf R
w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation
List$30,750
Est.Loan: $560/mo
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$300 Below Market
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*** NEW TIRES *** NAVIGATION *** HEATED LEATHER SEATING *** ALL WHEEL DRIVE *** 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION *** ALLOY WHEELS *** CLEAN CARFAX *** SATELLITE RADIO *** FENDER SOUND SYSTEM *** Dual Climate Control, Rear View Camera, Bluetooth, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Power Equipment and Side Air Bags. *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a $299 dealer processing fee (not required by law). Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer.
Volkswagen Golf R 2016 w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
19,890 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Golf R
w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation
List$29,500
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Volkswagen Golf R 2016 w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
5,838 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Golf R
w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation
List$31,988
Est.Loan: $582/mo
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$300 Below Market
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We want to make your vehicle purchase easy and hassle free. Our Automotive Group has been providing local families with exceptional value and service for over Fifty Years. All our vehicles are maryland state inspected and come with a warranty. CARFAX One-Owner. Clean CARFAX. Gray 2016 Volkswagen Golf R DCC & Navigation 4Motion 4Motion AWD 6-Speed Manual 2.0L TSI 2016 Volkswagen Golf R ** NAVIGATION **, ABS brakes, Alloy wheels, Compass, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency communication system, Front dual zone A/C, Heated door mirrors, Heated front seats, Heated Top Sport Front Seats, Illuminated entry, Low tire pressure warning, Navigation System, Power driver seat, Power steering, Power windows, Remote keyless entry, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Traction control. Recent Arrival! 31/22 Highway/City MPG The eprice does not include state taxes, state tags, mva fees, destination and a dealer processing fee of two hundred ninety nine dollars not required by law and assumes a qualifying credit score. Reviews: * Impressive all-wheel-drive performance; civilized ride quality, even on rough roads; interior is fitted with high-quality materials; hatchback design means generous cargo capacity; admirable fuel economy for such a fast car. Source: Edmunds
Volkswagen Golf R 2016 w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
24,417 miles
Cpo 2016
Volkswagen Golf R
w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation
List$30,999
Est.Loan: $564/mo
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DCC& NAV Serviced Religiously,NEVER modified Superb Condition. CERTIFIED WARRANTY. Heated Leather Seats, Navigation, Satellite Radio, iPod/MP3 Input, Onboard Communications System, Premium Sound System, Alloy Wheels. READ MORE!KEY FEATURES INCLUDELeather Seats, Navigation, All Wheel Drive, Heated Driver Seat, Back-Up Camera, Premium Sound System, Satellite Radio, iPod/MP3 Input, Onboard Communications System, Aluminum Wheels, Keyless Start, Dual Zone A/C, Heated Seats, Heated Leather Seats Rear Spoiler, MP3 Player, Keyless Entry, Child Safety Locks, Steering Wheel Controls.OPTION PACKAGESROADSIDE ASSISTANCE KIT booster cables, warning triangle, LED flashlight, multi-tool, work gloves, PVC tape, blanket, poncho, whistle, cable ties and bandages. Volkswagen Golf R with LIMESTONE GRAY exterior and BLACK LEATHER interior features a 4 Cylinder Engine with 292 HP at 5400 RPM*. Serviced here, Non-Smoker vehicle, Originally bought here.EXPERTS RAVEApprox. Original Base Sticker Price: $39,000*.OUR OFFERINGSWe are located at 6631 Carlisle Pike Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Faulkner Volkswagen of Mechanicsburg is your Mechanicsburg Volkswagen dealership serving Harrisburg. We are your Harrisburg area VW dealership for new, used and certified pre-owned Volkswagen cars, as well as Volkswagen financing.Pricing analysis performed on 8/11/2018. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.
Volkswagen Golf R 2016
60,889 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Golf R
Bob Wade Lincoln
87.4 mi away
List$26,900
Est.Loan: $490/mo
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Volkswagen Golf R 2016 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
25,427 miles
Cpo 2016
Volkswagen Golf R
Base
Sutliff Volkswagen
90.7 mi away
List$32,119
Est.Loan: $585/mo
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$304 Below Market
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THE LEGENDARY GOLF R AWD!!!! This 2016 Volkswagen Golf R DCC & Navigation 4Motion in Limestone Gray Metallic features: 4Motion 2.0L TSI 6-Speed DSG Automatic with Tiptronic 2.0L TSI, AWD, 18 Preston Silver Alloy wheels, ABS brakes, AM/FM radio: SiriusXM, Compass, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency communication system, Fender Premium Sound System w/Subwoofer, Front dual zone A/C, Heated door mirrors, Heated front seats, Heated Top Sport Front Seats, Illuminated entry, Low tire pressure warning, Navigation System, Power driver seat, Power steering, Power windows, Radio: Discover Media w/6.5 Touchscreen Nav, Remote keyless entry, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Traction control. AWD Certified. Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned 2012-2017 Model Years Details:* Limited Warranty: 24 Month/24,000 Mile beginning on the new certified purchase date or expiration of new car warranty expires (whichever occurs later)* Warranty Deductible: See Dealer for Details* 100+ Point Inspection* Vehicle History* Roadside Assistance* Volkswagen offers model specific limited warranty coverage, 2 Years of 24-Hr Roadside Asst.30/23 Highway/City MPGReviews:* Impressive all-wheel-drive performance; civilized ride quality, even on rough roads; interior is fitted with high-quality materials; hatchback design means generous cargo capacity; admirable fuel economy for such a fast car. Source: EdmundsSutliff Volkswagen is Pennsylvania's largest volume Volkswagen Certified Dealer! A Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned means you not only get the reassurance of a FACTORY backed 2yr/24,000 mile Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, but also a 112-point inspection/reconditioning, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a complete CARFAX vehicle history report! On your Smart Phone? Click to call 800-210-8889 to confirm that this vehicle is still available! Highest quality and lowest prices are why you need to purchase at Sutliff Volkswagen.
Volkswagen Golf R 2016
35 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Golf R
List$28,250
Est.Loan: $514/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

How does 292 horsepower sound? In a car as small as the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R, it should sound pretty good. The Golf R commands a costly premium over the regular GTI, but you get all-wheel drive and a lot more power in the deal. Read on to learn what else might make the Golf R the performance-minded hot hatch for you.

vehicle overview

Given how good the VW GTI is for thousands less, it's easy to question the value of the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R. After all, both have turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, and the average person would have a hard time telling the cars apart at a glance. But let's play devil's advocate for a minute. What if the Golf R is less of a tarted-up GTI than a cheaper, more practical version of the all-wheel-drive Audi S3 sedan? When you consider that the Golf R has essentially the same engine and chassis as the far pricier S3, plus the convenience of a hatchback trunk, Volkswagen's hottest "hot hatch" suddenly starts to look like a downright bargain.

The subtle 2016 Golf R keeps its high-performance credentials under wraps. Larger lower bumper air intakes are one giveaway.

OK, "bargain" might be pushing it. Any embellished economy car that starts in the mid-$30,000s when new has got some explaining to do. But the Golf R's standard AWD layout and 292-horsepower engine (72 hp more than the GTI can manage) quickly bring things into focus. If you opt for the DSG automated manual transmission (a traditional manual is also available for 2016), Volkswagen says you'll scoot to 60 mph in a sizzling 4.5 seconds, whereas the best time we've ever recorded for a standard GTI is 5.9 seconds.

Still, there will always be those who feel the Golf R is just too pricey for its own good. They'll tell you the Ford Mustang GT has a lower entry price, as well as rear-wheel drive and a pulse-pounding V8. They'll mention the Chevrolet Camaro SS for the same reasons, and if that pair seems a bit uncouth, they'll counter with the impeccably refined BMW 2 Series Coupe or the character-rich Mini Cooper Hardtop John Cooper Works. If you insist on four doors, they'll point you to the VW's new direct rival, the all-wheel-drive Ford Focus RS. But if you must have sophisticated manners, too, even the skeptics might concede there's nothing else quite like the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R.

trim levels & features

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf R is a four-door hatchback that can seat up to five passengers.

Standard features include 18-inch wheels with summer tires, automatic adaptive xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, automatic wipers, heated mirrors, a rear spoiler, quad tailpipes, keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, selectable drive modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, R-specific interior styling flourishes, leather upholstery, heated front sport seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat (with power lumbar), a partial power passenger seat with power recline, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a color trip computer, split-folding rear seats with a center pass-through, a rearview camera, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, a USB port, an SD card reader and voice controls.

Like the rest of the 2016 Golf family, the Golf R gets an updated 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and USB connectivity.

Adding the optional DCC and Navigation package will get you 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers with four selectable modes, a navigation system and a Fender audio system. The Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and front and rear parking sensors.

Note that the Driver Assistance package's adaptive cruise control system includes full stop-and-go capability with the automated manual transmission (DSG), but ceases to operate below 19 mph with the conventional manual transmission.

performance & mpg

Motivation for the all-wheel-drive 2016 Volkswagen Golf R comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 292 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque. A traditional six-speed manual transmission is the default option, with a six-speed automated manual (VW's DSG) available at extra cost.

According to Volkswagen, the Golf R zips to 60 mph in an estimated 4.5 seconds with DSG, a very quick time for a hatchback in this price range. The stick shift drops to 5.3 seconds, but that's still nearly a full second quicker than the manual-transmission Mini Cooper John Cooper Works two-door hatchback.

The EPA estimates fuel economy at 25 mpg combined (22 city/31 highway) with the manual and a comparable 25 mpg combined (23 city/30 highway) with DSG.

safety

Standard safety features for the 2016 VW Golf R include antilock disc brakes, automatic hill hold, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. The standard post-crash braking system automatically applies the brakes after an impact to reduce the likelihood of a secondary crash.

Also standard is VW's Car-Net emergency telematics system with features that include automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote vehicle access, stolen vehicle location and geo-fencing (which allows parents to set boundaries for teenage drivers).

Optional safety features are contained within the Driver Assistance package discussed above.

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, the regular 2016 VW Golf earned the highest score of "Good" in the moderate-overlap and small-overlap frontal-offset impact tests. It also earned a "Good" rating in the side-impact, roof-strength and seats/head restraints (whiplash protection) tests.

driving

The Golf R's major advantage over the regular GTI is its standard all-wheel-drive system. Acceleration is smooth and precise, with none of the wheelspin or torque steer normally associated with front-drive performance hatchbacks. As speed gathers and revs climb, the exhaust note grows from a low burble to a soaring baritone. Fortunately, at cruising speed on the highway, no exhaust drone makes its way into the respectably quiet cabin.

The standard quad tailpipes are one of the few telltale signs that this is the ultimate Golf.

Driven quickly around turns, the Golf R is predictable and remarkably balanced. This isn't a totally focused track-day weapon like the WRX STI, but on public roads, the Golf R excels. Where many performance-focused vehicles sacrifice comfort and ride quality, the VW makes no such compromises. There's enough suspension compliance to absorb rough pavement, and the optional adaptive suspension broadens the Golf R's capabilities with softer Comfort and stiffer Race modes.

interior

The 2016 VW Golf R's interior is very similar to that of the GTI. It's characterized by a conservative design that makes use of high-quality materials and thoughtful placement of controls. The Golf R adds unique touches like "R" logos embossed on the seats, carbon-fiber-look dashboard and door inlays and blue gauge needles, though some shoppers may find these changes too subtle given the substantial price difference between the Golf R and GTI.

The Golf R's interior will never be called exuberant, but if you like understated yet upscale furnishings, it hits the spot.

Replacing last year's subpar infotainment system is a new setup with a slightly larger 6.5-inch touchscreen and advanced smartphone integration in the form of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink functionality. The graphics still aren't up to the standard set by the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works' optional 8.8-inch infotainment display, but in general this is a more satisfying system that improves the user experience for Golf R owners. Happily, VW has also discarded its unloved proprietary music interface, replacing it with a conventional USB port that complements the more permanent digital music storage provided by the SD card reader. 

In terms of comfort, the Golf R gets high marks. The standard sport seats offer suitable lateral support for aggressive driving, yet they're also comfortable on longer road trips. There's a wealth of front-seat space, even for larger drivers and passengers. Compared to other compact hatchbacks, the Golf R's rear seats are also quite generous, providing adult-size head- and legroom. The rear seat cushions are mounted a bit low, however, making them better suited to smaller occupants over long distances.

With the rear seatbacks folded, the Golf R offers cargo capacity on par with some compact SUVs.

Behind the rear seats, up to 22.8 cubic feet of luggage space is available, and there's certainly more than enough space here for day-to-day duties. Fold those seatbacks down flat and you've got up to 52.7 cubic feet, making the Golf R a cargo-carrying leader in the class.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R.

BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK!!
LA, 1/20/2016
Considering the options available for this car, this is definitely the best bang for the buck out there. Especially when considering the other vehicles out there that offer dynamic suspension, automatic w/ paddle shifters, and a 0-60 in under 5 secs (they just don't exist in the Golf R's price range). The Golf R is a total blast to drive. It hangs in the curves like it's on rails. Mine has the DCC suspension. The best part is that the 'comfort' setting dials everything back enough that my mother would have no problems driving it. Most of the time I leave the suspension dialed in to the 'race' setting, which is fine for most of my driving. MPG isn't quite as good as advertised. And will get slightly worse if you add the APR stage 1 kit (even though APR claims otherwise) - my combined MPG is around 22. However gas milage is still darn respectable considering the performance. Adding the stage 1 APR kit drops the 0-60 time to under 4 secs. And keeping the foot off the gas pedal becomes an exercise in will power. One of the things I have come to like a lot about the Golf R is that it is a wolf in sheep's clothing. It doesn't beg for attention from law enforcement like other performance cars do. Yet, it has plenty of thrill providing capabilities whenever the mood strikes. And it's practical enough for grocery shopping and driving my kids. Overall, there is very little that I would have changed about this car. My 1st complaint is the lack of a sun roof on the R model. On the flip side, a sunroof decreases chassis stiffness and moves the center of gravity higher, both of which adversely affect handling. Supposedly the Euro spec model comes with a sunroof. I could have sacrificed a little in the handling dept. for a sunroof. A 2nd complaint is that there is no middle ground for the engine mapping. The DCC provides 2 engine mappings - 'normal' and 'race' which are at opposite ends of the spectrum. VW needs a setting between those two. The 'race' setting would be great if you don't mind frequent visits to the gas station. And the 'normal' setting just isn't quite peppy enough. A 3rd change would be to add an over drive gear for highway driving. At the 80+ mph speeds on many interstates, the Golf R hums along around 3k rpm, well into its power band. An overdrive gear would definitely help with gas milage. Alright, so no car is going to perfectly appeal to everyone. For me, the Golf R is about as good as it gets, especially when compared to the other junk that car makers are putting on the market. BTW - I had been a Honda owner for over 15 years and am glad to be rid of them.
Incredibly fast and market-dominating hot hatch
Hawkeye, 4/7/2016
Firstly, before I get into the nitty gritty, if you are going to compare this in any way to a GTI, don't. They are both in totally different classes and the golf R is on such a higher performance tier than the GTI, you'd be doing yourself a dis-service. This car is competing with STI's, EVO's, M235i's, CLA45 AMG's, Focus RS, etc. Anyways....I bought the car shortly after it came out, deep pearl black, 6spd manual, no dcc/navigation. Was one of the lucky few that was able to walk into a dealership, find the perfect one, was not being held, bought it same day. Car is incredible!!! Factory performance on these is nothing short of stunning. Judging from the overall looks of the car, it's quite surprising what this thing is really capable of. If I were to compare to others in it's class, it is more refined (excluding the BMW and Mercedes I mentioned above of course). In my honest opinion, there is not a better performance car that you can buy for the money, currently. Power/Engine performance: 292hp/280tq reported by VW. This is very impressive as it sits, coming from a 2.0L. However, after having the car tested on a dyno after the break in period (100% stock) the numbers were far closer to 318hp/310tq (which makes sense when these run against EVO's and STI's and out pace them). Since then, I purchased the stage 1 package from APR (just a tune) and it becomes a completely different predator. With the tune, you'll be looking at 354hp and 379tq (dsg 0-60 mph capable of sub 4 second times). In this setup, much fewer cars can compete in terms of speed, acceleration, agility. Handling: I think the handling is excellent. The model I have does not include the dynamic chassis control, and it still handles on rails (I can only imagine how well the DCC model handles). Traction: Excellent. Uses the exact same quattro system as the Audi S3 (actually the whole car is almost an exact copy of the S3, minus some interior options). I've had this in snow, gravel, ice, mud (not by choice), rain, you name it. Nothing will keep this thing off the road, I would pit it up against the best AWD's out there in terms of traction/grip. Interior: Very impressed with the interior of this car. Everything is either carbon fiber (it's a vinyl like carbon, still looks nice), quality italian black leather (yes it's real leather, not like the crap on Jetta's), and piano black trim. Looks very classy and sexy, feels like a much nicer car than a VW. Gear shift has a quality feel to it, along with all of the interior buttons and knobs. Makes me feel as if everything was well thought out and materials were not skimped on in any circumstance. Exterior: Love it. I personally am a big hatch fan, so this is a little biased. I dig the small, hunkered down, lowered look of the R. Quad exhaust tips are a sporty/sexy addition. I also appreciate how tasteful the body kit is. It's not near as "boy racer" as many of it's competitors, and outruns all of them! Overall, I absolutely love the car. I highly recommend this to someone that is interested in an STI, EVO, M235i, S3, etc. I strongly feel that VW has done an amazing job with this car, very excited to see how the next few R's progress.
Golf R, Long Term also bought FordRS. more fun
MidCow3, 6/3/2016
This review has been updated after owning the Golf R a little over 1 year. I drove a 6 speed manual Ford Focus ST, ST3 and moon roof for 3 1/2 years. I was going to get the Ford Focus RS with AWD and 350 Hp; I ended up getting a lE Ford Focus RS RS in January 2018; still have Golf R The color selection on the RS was limited to grey,white,black, and nitrous blue). I knew that the interior of the VW was better, but I didn't know how much better until I actually bought the Golf R and had some seat time with it. The ride of the Ford Focus ST was pretty stiff and the RS was going to be 33% stiffer on the comfort setting; I wasn't looking forward to a rougher ride. The ride on the Golf R with the DCC mode set in comfort mode is very smooth and compliant. I was right on this one some late Ford RS reviews compare the Ford RS ride to a pogo stick or a bucking bronc on anything but very smooth roads. Actual Ford RS ride isn't thta bad Okay , I bought the 2016 Golf R with Manual 6-speed transmission, DCC with Nav, and the Driver's Assistance Package. With DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control) there is a dramatic difference between the settings. I like the individual settings with most everything set on normal or comfort except for the sport exhaust sound. I like this setting because the Golf R remembers it between stops and starts and you don't have to always reselect it every time you start. I found the interior , especially how the devices function at night to be a lot nicer with better feel and better night lighting. The interior is much higher level than first look, the back seats have 2 inches more room, the gas tank is 14.5 gallons compared to 12.4 in the ST and 13.9 in the RS. The mileage is great 22/31 rated , compared to ST 23/32 and RS 19/25. Long term, even with sporty driving, I get around 26 miles overall which makes for a very nice driving range. The rear seat passenger leg room is 35.4 Inches which is 2.2 inches more than the RS and ST and allows a 6 ft passenger to comfortably ride behind a 6 ft driver. The Golf R can travel 4 adults for long distances in comfort. Another nice feature in the Golf R is that the seats actually fold fairly flat. In the ST there is a 4 inch drop and they don't actually fold flat. RS don't fold flat eaither but stiull fold enough ton Now one of the best features is the Driver's Assistance Package which includes several higher level safety items: (1) the ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), (2) lane keep assist,(3) are front and rear proximity sensors that help you when you are parking or backing with visual and audio warnings of objects in your path, and (4) and probably the best is blind spot monitoring, a yellow blind spot light flashes in you left or right mirror if a vehicle is in your blind spot area. (5) autonomous emergency braking if the front sensors detects an impending collision it brakes for you, and (6) rear traffic alert alerts you to cars coming up fast in the rear of your left or right; this works extremely well. Oh now let's talk about the turbo, since the power comes on at a very low 1,800 RPM and the boost is fairly linear you don't notice any turbo lag and it almost feels non-turbo like until you look at the speedometer and you are rapidly increasing your speed. The power is great, you have a lot of power in sixth and most of the time unless you don't need to downshift to pass . Same with the Ford RS, but much more. Both the Golf r and Ford RS havce amplified, some call fake motor noises, I am okay with that ...but some aren't and it can easily be turnd off( i.e. disabled) in both cars. In summary, the is a very fast, very fun car, that has high level accoutrements, and gets good gas mileage, with very comfortable seats and easy drivability. Also a lot of things are automatic; auto lights(early, normal, late), driving mode, rain sensing wipers, radar detector automatically starts, gas door automatically unlocks and no start-stop to disable. But in all honesty, the Ford Focus RS is more fun and I drive it mostly. Ford Focus has announced a limited edition 2018 supposedly last year Race Red and I bought one. Modifications: I had the following installed: Diesel Geek Sigma 6 short shifter (very precise shifting ), 50% Luminar Tint, and front bumper and partial front hood PPL protection, Escort Red Line radar detector. I thought the winner was the Golf R when I first bought it, and now I am absolutely sure the Ford Focus RS may be the best choice in a "hot" manual shift hatchback even though the Golf R is still much better for trips. The Golf R triumphs in the long-term evaluation! While maybe not as fast as Focus RS or as "school-boy gaudy look at me" or as loud of stock exhaust the Golf R is a far, far better all around car and daily driver. It doesn't have all the rough edges or the rough ride the Ford Focus RS has. At a little 2 years of driving no problems, no maintenance costs ( first 2 years free service); 10,000 mile service interval.
26000 Miles and Going
Buffalo Tom, 10/27/2016
Had the 2016 Golf R for 13 months now. Overall I don't find myself left wanting for anything. Wish the German version of a Nav system worked faster, it shows your at a intersection well after you've passed it (at any speed). Also when seeking back roads hoping for a challenge/new sights by selecting shortest distance it always sticks to more major roadways - boring! Inputting addresses to search has more effective results if done one way v.s. another (starting w/ street v.s. town). I did catch it being down a couple qts. of oil in one oil change, others were ok, maybe garage didn't top it off, not sure. Stock tires were shot in 10 K miles, but they had v good grip. Not trilled with 35 sidewalls especially w/ soft tires, any edges on the roadway over 1.5 inches over 35 mph and you're flirting w/ bent rims. I think the 235 45 tire size would be better overall. Clutch seems strong in the car, hasn't showed signs of weakness (unlike my previous 2005 Mitsu Evo). The ride selections are very nice and effective although I usually leave mine in race mode but the wife sometimes complains which is easily resolved. Interior design is plush, but they shouldn't disable the center console lid/compartment - plain BS. I'd like to see it more aggressive with proportioning more drive to the rear tires when it's needed, having driver control over that like the ride selection would be a blast. I had a 2005 Mitsu Evo and put 175000 mls on that car. Between the 2 I'd choose the Golf R, biggest reasons are: interior comfort/fit and finish, seats, cruise control, radio, less road noise. Of course this isn't fair as my Evo was a 2005. I think the Golf R is a little faster but that my be the gear boxes. I do miss the engine sound feedback the Evo provided, the Golf R isn't as good which compromises your driving abilities. Update 5/2/2017: +36000 mls and going. I don't park the car in the garage. I've noticed on occasion that the clutch will slip at first use until things warm up. Could be moisture or temp related seemed to act up when v cold or wet out. Runs low on oil at end of 10 k oil changes 1-2 qrts, isn't leaking, probably just normal burn off. Engine noise just isn't loud enough for driver feedback, it's v easy to hit the rev limiter especially in 1st gr. Gas mileage runs 26 when ran hard, 32 in ideal conditions. Brakes on the car are holding up really really well. The car's driver interface (radio, nav, etc.) freaks out on occasion at 1st start, sometime it'll recover, other times I need to restart the motor to get it to come around, it locks up or ignores driver input for several minutes happened 4-5 times so far.
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Features & Specs

MPG
22 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
292 hp @ 5400 rpm
MPG
23 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Gas
292 hp @ 5400 rpm
MPG
22 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
292 hp @ 5400 rpm
MPG
23 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Gas
292 hp @ 5400 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover13.4%

More about the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R
Used 2016 Volkswagen Golf R Overview

The Used 2016 Volkswagen Golf R is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM).

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