Not so many years ago, you’d have been branded a liar or mad for saying you owned a car capable of cracking the five second mark to sixty yet capable of returning 40mpg. But that’s precisely what the Golf R claims to do.
To be specific, a combined consumption figure of 39.8mpg for the manual car or 40.9mpg if you opt for DSG, with respective emissions stats of 165 and 159 g/km. Here, BMW’s 3.0-litre, six-cylinder M135i, which can match the Golf in a drag race, has to concede defeat with returns of 35.3mpg and 188 g/km of CO2.
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A car as rapid as the Golf R is never going to be cheap to insure, but compared to similarly fast models from rival manufacturers, it’s surprsingly affordable. It helps that it comes with VWs range of driver assistance systems that you get with the normal Golf. Fixed-price servicing means you won’t face supercar bills, either, while predicted residuals of over 50 per cent mean the Golf R holds on to its value well.