2018 Volkswagen Golf R Owners Manual – The Volkswagen Golf gets a mid-cycle upgrade for its 2018 model year. The most noteworthy changes include the discontinuation of the two-door model as well as the availability of the newest Discover Media navigation infotainment system with 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other updates include revised exterior styling front and back. All-wheel driveway is now available on the base Golf SportWagen S version.
The streamlined Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Golf SportWagen slot near the Jetta sedan below the midsize CC and Passat sedans in the automaker’s lineup. The Golf is extended in many versions including hatchback, SportWagen, and increased Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body designs as well as the GTI and Golf R sexy hatches, along with the electric e-Golf.
2018 Volkswagen Golf R Overview
The base engine in the Golf lineup is the automaker’s turbocharged 1.8-liter I-4 which makes 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The turbo-four is mated to some five-speed manual or six-speed automatic at the hatchback or a six-speed guide or six-speed dual-clutch automatic at the Golf SportWagen or Golf Alltrack version. Front-drive is standard on the hatchback and SportWagen, while all-wheel-drive is optional on the SportWagen and standard 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 can be conducive to a six-speed guide or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The prior Performance bundle has become standard and contains VAQ differential and larger brake pads. A DCC adaptive suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.
At the very top of the Golf food series is your Golf R with a 292-hp version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter, which can be mated to either a six-speed guide or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which sends power to all four wheels. The DCC adjustable suspension and navigation are all optioned together.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available on even the base version. Other standard features include automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen. Optional equipment includes keyless entry/start, 8.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, LED headlights, and much more.
2018 Volkswagen Golf R Design
The Golf R, such as the GTI, is a understated car. But it’s this subtlety which makes the top-end R version so visually attractive. It doesn’t require a large, shouty wing or striking red accents — it’s stable in its own level of performance without resorting to these primitive automotive threat gestures. Its barely angrier fascia, 19-inch wheels, and quad exhaust tips are persuasive enough. Unlike much more over-the-top offerings we are looking at you, Civic Type R), the Golf R is and also 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’s conservative use of piano black plastic on the infotainment display and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. But if we had to dock the Golf R’s cabin everywhere, it’d be for its dull design. The new Jetta has the exact same issue — the materials are good and the design 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, back cross-traffic attentive, 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 part of a bundle.