2018 Volkswagen Golf R Manual Review

2018 Volkswagen Golf R Manual Review – The Volkswagen Golf understands a mid-cycle update for its 2018 model year. The most notable changes include the discontinuation of the two-door model as well as the availability of the new Discover Media navigation infotainment system using 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other updates include revised exterior styling front and rear. All-wheel drive is currently available on the base Golf SportWagen S model.

The streamlined Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Golf SportWagen slot near the Jetta sedan Beneath the midsize CC and Passat sedans in the automaker’s lineup. The Golf is offered in several variants including hatchback, SportWagen, and increased Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body styles as well as the GTI and Golf R hot hatches, along with the electric e-Golf.

2018 Volkswagen Golf R Manual Review

2018 Volkswagen Golf R Overview

The base engine in the Golf lineup is the automaker’s turbocharged 1.8-liter I-4 which produces 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The turbo-four is mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic in the hatchback or a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic in the Golf SportWagen or Golf Alltrack model. Front-drive is regular on the hatchback and SportWagen, while all-wheel-drive is optional to the SportWagen and regular on the Alltrack.

The sporty Volkswagen Golf GTI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 which makes 220 hp and 258 lb-ft and is conducive to a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The prior Performance bundle is now standard and contains VAQ differential and bigger brake pads. A DCC adaptive suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.

At the peak of the Golf food series is the Golf R using a 292-hp version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter, which is mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which sends power to all four wheels. The DCC adjustable suspension and navigation are optioned together.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available on even the base model. Other regular features include automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, plus a 6.5-inch touchscreen. Optional equipment includes keyless entry/start, 8.0-inch navigation, touchscreen, LED headlights, and much more.

2018 Volkswagen Golf R Design

The Golf R, such as the GTI, is an understated car. Nonetheless, it’s this subtlety which makes the one-piece model so visually appealing. It does not need a big, shouty wing or striking red accents — it is stable in its own level of functionality without resorting to such crude automotive hazard gestures. Its barely angrier fascia, 19-inch brakes, and quad exhaust tips are compelling enough. Contrary to more over-the-top offerings we are looking at you, Civic Type R), the Golf R is efreshingly subtle, {and to many onlookers, entirely inoffensive.


The Golf’s cabin is simple, trendy, and coated in high-quality materials. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics cover almost every surface within hands reach, although there is conservative use of piano black plastic on the infotainment display and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. However, if we needed to dock the Golf R’s cabin everywhere, it would be for its bland design. The new Jetta has the exact same issue — the materials are good and the layout is clean, but it all feels a little too conservative and business-like.

2018 Volkswagen Golf R Safety

The Golf SE comes with blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and front aid with pedestrian detection, while the SEL adds adaptive cruise control. Lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, parking sensors, and playground assist are a part of a bundle.

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