Volkswagen Golf R review - a consummate all-rounder - Design

The best iteration of the Golf yet?

Evo rating
Price
from £31,685
  • Not just faster than a GTi but more fun too
  • ...but not quite the ultimate hot hatch

Design

No go-faster decals here - the Golf R manages to stand out from the crowd without being overly aggressive or showy. It’s all in the details. The R grille features a chrome strip, while unique bumpers, wider side sills and smoked chrome mirror caps leave you in no doubt that this is a rather special Golf.

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At the back, it’s hard to mistake the LED light clusters and a quad exhaust layout. The R comes as standard with a very presentable set of 18-inch 'Cadiz' alloy wheels wrapped in 225/40 tyres, but the optional 19-inch 'Pretoria' alloys look very cool and, in conjunction with the hunkered down ride height, really contribute to the Golf R’s purposeful stance on the road.

 

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