CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Volkswagen Golf R (Mark VI)

/ Updated: 21 October 2010, 11:11 pm AEDT
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15

In brief

Volkswagen has finally replaced its top-of-the-range Golf R32 with a Mark VI model.

The new R ditches the old model's 3.2-litre V6, as well as its engine-size related suffix, for a more powerful version of the lighter 2.0-litre turbocharged engine found in the GTI. As used in the R, the motor puts out 188kW of power and 330Nm of torque, besting both the current GTI (155kW/280Nm) and the old R32 (184kW/320Nm).

To get all this power to ground, the R is fitted with a four-wheel drive system. It can sprint from zero to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds; the GTI takes a lazy 6.9 seconds. In official testing, the R's fuel consumption is cut from 10.9L/100km to 8.7L/100km.

Standard equipment on the Golf R includes seven airbags, two-zone climate control, parking sensors with optical display, self-dimming mirrors and rain-sensing wipers. The sound system is an eight-speaker unit with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, steering wheel controls, auxiliary jack, SD card slot and six-disc CD stacker, although Bluetooth hands-free and USB for direct iPod control are unfortunately extra cost options. Also on the options list is sat nav, reversing camera, leather upholstery and electric seats.

Externally, you can tell the R apart from the GTI and lesser Golfs by its black brake callipers and wing mirrors, LED driving lights, smoked LED tail-lights, unique bumpers and grille, dark-tinted windows, dual-centrally mounted tail-pipes and bi-xenon headlamps.

Outlook

The Golf R comes as both a three- and five-door hatch. The three-door starts from AU$48,490 and the five-door begins at AU$49,990, both equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. Opting for VW's DSG dual-clutch "automatic" transmission adds AU$2500 to the asking price.

All prices include GST, but exclude dealer and statutory charges.

  • 2015 BMW i8

    Capable of full electric drive, the BMW i8's concept car looks and carbon fiber body hide...

  • 2014 Infiniti Q50

    Infiniti's new premium hybrid model uses innovative drive-by-wire tech in its steering...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550

    The 2014 S550 is an automotive tech juggernaut, featuring every latest advance Mercedes-Benz...

  • 2014 Audi RS 7

    Startlingly fast, quite comfortable, and extremely high-tech, cars don't come much more...

Discuss Volkswagen Golf R (Mark VI)

Where to Buy

Volkswagen Golf R (Mark VI)

Part Number: CNETVolkswagen Golf R (Mark VI)

Typical Price: $48,490.00

Visit manufacturer site for details.