2018 VW Golf R Manual Transmission – The Volkswagen Golf gets a mid-cycle update 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 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 version.
The compact 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 offered in several versions including hatchback, SportWagen, and increased Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body styles in addition to the GTI and Golf R sexy 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 makes 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The turbo-four is mated to some 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 version. Front-drive is regular on the hatchback and SportWagen, while all-wheel-drive is discretionary 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 former Performance package has become standard and includes VAQ differential and bigger brake pads. A DCC adaptive suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.
At the peak of this Golf food chain is your 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 that sends power to all four wheels. The DCC adjustable navigation and suspension are optioned together.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay can be found on even the base version. 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 VW Golf R Design
The Golf R, like the GTI, is a understated car. Nonetheless, it’s that this subtlety that makes the top-end R version so visually attractive. It does not require a large, shouty wing or dramatic red accents — it is stable in its own level of performance without resorting to such 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 most onlookers, entirely inoffensive.
The Golf’s cabin is simple, trendy, and coated in high quality substances. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics protect almost every surface within hands reach, although there is conservative use of piano black vinyl on the infotainment screen and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. However, if we had to dock the Golf R cabin everywhere, it’d be for its dull design. The new Jetta has exactly the same issue — the substances are great and the layout is clean, but it all feels just a little too conservative and business-like.
2018 VW 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 park assist are a part of a package.