Volkswagen Golf R Estate review - Ultimate Golf gets more practical - Volkswagen Golf R Estate engine and transmission

Just the right blend of fun and functionality

Evo rating
Price
from £34,455
  • Broad range of abilities, practicality and performance, build quality
  • Affordable competitors nearly as good

Engine and Transmission

The Golf R Estate uses a turbocharged 2-litre four-cylinder engine which, like most of the current mega-hatch crop, delivers plenty of performance but not that much personality.

VW has done a good job disguising some of this via the clever sound symposer, which actually delivers a more convincing engine note than most of the competition. You also get a fantastically over the top ‘brrp’ from the exhaust on upshifts which rattles nicely down the longer estate cabin. 

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The powertrain does feel strong. It boasts a smooth and linear performance with just the right amount of turbocharged shove yet all the refinement you’d expect in a Golf. When you're cruising it's as quiet as any other Golf, but there's always a hit of power waiting for whenever you need it.

As for the DSG transmission, which is the only option on the Estate, it’s as quick as you’d ever need an auto to be. Smooth about town, it’ll still fire through the shifts as quick as any of them when you’re using the paddles. 

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