Volkswagen Golf 7 R review (2013-2020) – design

Subtle but purposeful. Some may call it dull, but if you don't want to shout about performance then there are few better cars

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  • Superb powertrain and agile, delicate and sophisticated handling
  • Lacks a final edge of feedback and adjustability

Sporty aesthetic flourishes are low key but effective. The standard Golf’s excellent dash is complemented by a gloss black centre console and carbon-look trim, while the instrument dials are digital as standard in the R. 

Cloth sports seats with Alcantara bolsters are standard, with leather upholstery available as an option, while the classy and sporty multifunction wheel and well-designed switchgear make everything you touch feel suitably special for a £30k car. LED interior lights, puddle lights and headlamps add to the Golf’s upmarket feel, while the tech tally also includes Bluetooth, parking sensors and adaptive cruise control.

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