I simply love the VW Golf, there I said it. But the VW Golf I recently tested was not like any ordinary Golf, it was by far, the most powerful version of the Golf ever. No, I’m not talking about the Golf GTi, and if you think your mind gets blown away by the GTi, wait till you take the Golf R for a spin. So how does the Golf R trounce the GTi? In terms of powertrain, the Golf R has an even more advanced version of the EA888 four-cylinder turbocharged direct-injection TSI 2.0-litre engine that’s fitted to the Mk7 Golf GTI. The engineers boosted power to an estimated 290hp, while maximum torque has been increased to 380Nm, available over a broad speed band from 1,800 to 5,500 rpm. As a result, the Golf R has 70 more horsepower than the GTI. Equipped with a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic, the Golf R is capable of reaching 100 km/h from a standstill in just 5 seconds, 1.5 seconds faster than the GTI. Where the GTi is quick, its more powerful sibling is super fast!
The Golf R is available in standard 3-door variant at RM245,888 as well as an optional Tech Pack in 5-door body-style. For an additional RM30,000, you’ll be getting a Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) that offers 5 driving modes including ‘Eco’ ‘Comfort’, ‘Normal’, ‘Race’ and ‘Sport’ that allows owners to suit driving profile properties to their individual needs and driving behaviour. In ‘Race’ mode, for instance, damping is increased as well as engine response and the shift points of the DSG transmission are configured to be even sportier. The tech pack also comes with a plethora of goodies including “Vienna” leather upholstery, 12-way electric adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control with speed limiter and a KESSY keyless entry and starting system. Considering that the mechanical bits already seem well worth the extra RM30k, the Tech Pack is easily the best option which will make your purchase even more worthwhile. Only if you are willing to splash out RM285,888 from your pocket that is.
While it’s a great performance hatchback, the Golf R is just as practical as any other Golf, meaning you will be able to comfortably accommodate three adults with decent size cargo space to load plenty of grocery bags or luggage. Not to mention that the Golf R returns a respectable 6.9-litres per 100 km on the combined cycle, which makes it more fuel efficient from its predecessor, allowing you to travel a distance of approximately 14.9km per litre. Sporty yet practical at the same time, this pocket rocket is simply the best of both worlds. But the question boils down to how does the R behaves in the real world. Will the Golf R adapt well to our poorly constructed local roads? How will it be able to cope? There is only one way to find out when we do our video review of the Golf R in the near future, so be sure to stay tuned to AF!