2018 VW Golf R Manual Review

2018 VW Golf R Manual Review – The Volkswagen Golf gets a mid-cycle upgrade for the 2018 model year. The most noteworthy changes include the discontinuation of the two-door model in addition to the access to the new Discover Media navigation infotainment system using 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other upgrades 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 next to the Jetta sedan below the midsize CC and Passat sedans in the automaker’s lineup. The Golf is extended in several variants including hatchback, SportWagen, and increased Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body styles in addition to the GTI and Golf R sexy hatches, and the electrical e-Golf.

2018 VW Golf R Manual Review

2018 VW 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 manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic at the Golf SportWagen or Golf Alltrack model. Front-drive is regular on the hatchback and SportWagen, while all-wheel-drive is optional on the SportWagen and regular on the Alltrack.

The sporty Volkswagen Golf GTI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 making 220 hp and 258 lb-ft and can be mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The prior Performance package is now standard and includes VAQ differential and larger brake pads. A DCC adjustable suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.

At the very top of the Golf food series is your Golf R using 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 which sends power to all four wheels. The DCC adjustable suspension and navigation are optioned together.

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

2018 VW Golf R Design

The Golf R, such as the GTI, is an understated car. Nonetheless, it’s that this subtlety which makes the one-piece model so visually appealing. It doesn’t require a large, shouty wing or dramatic red accents — it’s secure in its own 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 efreshingly subtle, {and to most onlookers, completely inoffensive.


The Golf’s cabin is easy, stylish, and covered in high-quality materials. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics protect almost every surface in hands reach, although there’s conservative use of piano black vinyl on the infotainment screen and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. But if we had 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 design is clean, but it all feels just a bit overly conservative and business-like.

2018 VW Golf R Safety

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

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