2018 VW Golf R Manual 0-60 – The Volkswagen Golf gets a mid-cycle upgrade for its 2018 model year. The most notable changes include the discontinuation of this two-door model in addition to the access to the newest Discover Media navigation infotainment program with 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other updates include revised exterior styling front and rear. All-wheel drive is now available on the base Golf SportWagen S version.
The compact Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Golf SportWagen slot near the Jetta sedan below the midsize CC and Passat sedans from the automaker’s lineup. The Golf is extended in several versions including hatchback, SportWagen, and increased Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body styles in addition to the GTI and Golf R hot hatches, along with the electrical e-Golf.
2018 VW Golf R Overview
The base engine in the Golf lineup is the automaker’s turbocharged 1.8-liter I-4 that produces 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The turbo-four is mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic at the hatchback or a six-speed manual 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 mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The prior Performance bundle is now standard and includes VAQ differential and bigger brake pads. A DCC adjustable suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.
At the peak of this Golf food series is the Golf R with a 292-hp version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter, which can be mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The DCC adjustable navigation and suspension are optioned together.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available on even the base version. Other standard features include automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, plus a 6.5-inch touchscreen. Optional equipment includes keyless entry/start, 8.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, LED headlights, and much more.
2018 VW Golf R Design
The Golf R, like the GTI, is a understated car. But it’s this subtlety that makes the one-piece version so visually attractive. It does not require a big, shouty wing or dramatic red accents — it’s stable in its level of performance without resorting to these primitive automotive threat gestures. Its hardly angrier fascia, 19-inch wheels, and quad exhaust tips are persuasive enough. Unlike much more over-the-top offerings (we’re looking at you, Civic Type R), the Golf R is and also to many onlookers, completely inoffensive.
The Golf’s cabin is simple, stylish, and coated in high quality materials. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics protect virtually every surface within hands reach, though there’s conservative use of piano black vinyl on the infotainment screen and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. However, if we needed to dock the Golf R cabin anywhere, it would be for its bland design. The new Jetta has the same problem — the materials are good and the layout is clean, but it all feels a little too conservative and business-like.
2018 VW Golf R Safety
The Golf SE includes blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic attentive, and front assist 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.