The Golf R is the spearhead of the Golf family. At first glance, that R is all that distinguishes it from its siblings.
The engine's power is bombastic, but the exterior is still a Golf. In the fourth generation, it continues to act like a wolf in sheep's clothing: inconspicuous and sober. The R's appearance differs from other Golfs only in details.
From the side, the mighty 18-inch alloy wheels are a strong hint that this Golf packs a bit more power.
With 221 kilowatts of output and 380 Newton meters of torque, it has all you need for plenty of fun at the wheel.
Mathis Kurrat, Car tester
The Golf R has plenty of sound in the interior, considering that its engine has only four cylinders.
The interior is visually understated, too. The R's trademark is the color blue, which appears in various places on the inside.
A little carbon-fiber and piano black trim, but all of it very reserved. Nothing about this car is obtrusive. The seats have combined leather and fabric upholstery.
Like every Golf, the R is a well-designed car. Mathis' evaluation is ambiguous nonetheless.
The Golf R is a lot of fun, but in everyday use it's not that different from a normal Golf or a Golf GTI. The interior looks almost the same, except for the blue dial hands. The suspension is a little lower and a little harder, but you don't need that for everyday purposes. And so the question is: is the big difference in price worth paying?