Volkswagen's legendary GTI is the car credited with introducing America to the hot hatchback phenomenon, and the Golf R is a hot-rodded version of it. The Golf R has an even more powerful engine, all-wheel drive and a suspension tuned for maximum grip and response. This is a serious performance car that will get your pulse racing, yet it has all the comfort and practicality associated with the Golf, which — though not terribly popular in America — is one of the world's best-selling cars.
At the heart of the Golf R is Volkswagen's venerable 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but not in the same form to which you may be accustomed. The Golf R's version is hypertuned for 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Both a six-speed manual and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are offered. The dual-clutch is the quicker of the two, and we've clocked it to 60 mph in a very impressive 4.6 seconds — just over 1.5 seconds quicker than we've seen in the GTI (and when talking about 0-60 mph times, 1.5 seconds is akin to 1.5 hours). EPA fuel economy estimates are 25 mpg combined for both transmissions, with the manual rated at 22 city/31 highway and the automatic at 22 city/30 highway.
The Golf R has the suspension to back up that engine. With all-wheel drive to boost the grip, the Golf R is incredibly quick and responsive through the turns, and driving it fast is relatively easy and a lot of fun. The optional DCC adaptive suspension ups the ante significantly, and though the steering is a bit lightly weighted for our tastes, switching to Race mode improves the feel significantly. Braking is excellent, although the standard-fit summer tires will need to be changed out for winter driving.
Most cars with the Golf R's abilities are unsuitable for day-to-day driving, but the Golf R is the exception to the rule. The no-nonsense dashboard is smartly trimmed and easy to use, leather upholstery comes standard, and there's plenty of headroom so you can sit up properly. The Golf R has a perfectly usable backseat and plenty of cargo space, and for 2017 it adds optional driver aids, including adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with automatic braking. The Golf R comes exclusively as a four-door, making it a great choice for family duty. You can't say that about a Corvette.
If there's one drawback to the Golf R, it's the price — the bump over the GTI is significant, and many potential buyers will have to ask themselves if so much performance is really necessary. Volkswagen sells the Golf R as a four-door hatchback in a single trim level. An optional package adds the DCC suspension, navigation and advanced driving aids, and Volkswagen is expected to limit availability of Golf Rs without this package for the 2017 model year. Edmunds can help find the perfect 2017 Volkswagen Golf R for you.
2017 Volkswagen Golf R Overview
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R is offered in the following submodels: Hatchback. Available styles include w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM). Golf R models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 Golf R comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automated manual. The 2017 Golf R comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What should I pay for a new 2017 Volkswagen Golf R?
2017 Volkswagen Golf R w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40515. The average price paid for a new 2017 Volkswagen Golf R w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $4792 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is 11.8% below the MSRP.
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Review I love my new golf R! I was skeptical at first even with all the reviews, however after I test drove the car I was hooked. The car moves like a rocket, but holds the road tight. The 19 inch tires are wonderful,and I bought a set of 17 inch snows that will come in handy here in the northeast. The fender sound system is better than most, and the ability to switch driving modes from comfort to race really makes a difference.I can truly say this is a great car to drive and enjoy!
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2017 volkswagen golf-r w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended) 25 combined MPG 22 city MPG/31 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R?
Available Volkswagen Golf R 2017 Submodel Types: Hatchback
Available Volkswagen Golf R 2017 Trims: 2.0T w/DCC and Navigation, w/Dynamic Chassis Control and Navigation, Base
Exterior Colors: Lapiz Blue Metallic, Oryx White Pearl Metallic, Indium Gray Metallic, Deep Black Pearl Metallic, Tornado Red, Limestone Grey Metallic, Rising Blue Metallic, Candy White, Deep Black Metallic, Deep Black Pearl, Oryx White Pearl
Interior Colors: Titan Black leather, Black leather
Popular Features: AWD/4WD, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Heated seats, Leather Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Post-collision safety system, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Upgraded Headlights, Power Driver Seat, Back-up camera, Keyless Entry/Start, Navigation, Aux Audio Inputs, Parking sensors, Adaptive Cruise Control, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Pre-collision safety system, USB Inputs, Automatic Emergency Braking, Sunroof/Moonroof
Engine/Mechanics: 4 cylinders
Transmission: MANUAL, AUTOMATED_MANUAL
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (recommended)
Drivetrains: all wheel drive
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