Impressive handling; all-wheel drive; 5-door practicality; upscale interior
The Golf's always had its performance-oriented big brother, the GTI, around, and occasionally, the all-wheel drive V6-powered Golf R32 has appeared in the US. For 2012, Volkswagen brought their newest high-performance Golf, called simply the "Golf R." It comes with a direct-injected turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder and all-wheel drive system borrowed from the Audi TTS. The engine is tuned for 256 horsepower and 243 lb-feet of torque for the Golf, and a 6-speed manual transmission is the only gearbox option.
Styled like a conventional Golf, the R distinguishes itself by small 'R' badges, center split-exhaust, a rear lip spoiler and large front intakes. It comes in 3-door and 5-door versions for those who need some practicality with their performance.
Standard equipment for the Golf R includes 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon HID headlamps, heated power mirrors with integrated turn signals. Standard entertainment consists of a touch-screen stereo with MP3 playback, Bluetooth, an auxiliary audio input, satellite radio and 8 speakers. The interior has leather heated seats, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry, automatic climate control and power windows and locks.
Safety features include standard anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, dual front airbags and side-impact thorax and curtain airbags.
Options are sparse for the Golf R, and they include a tilt/slide power sunroof, an upgraded Dynaudio stereo, keyless start and a touch-screen navigation system.
The Volkswagen Golf R is new for 2012. A couple of years after the notorious R32 high-performance Golf was last seen, Volkswagen brought back the high-performance all-wheel drive hatch, redubbing it the "Golf R."
Volkswagen is known for its approach to performance value, and the Golf R is no exception. It is the most expensive version of the Golf, with an engine and drivetrain taken directly from the Audi TTS, but the base price comes in $10,000 less. The Golf R's understated styling and a well-engineered interior are classic Volkswagen. The Golf also comes in both 3- and 5-door variations for greater flexibility.
Vehicle Price: 34,760.00
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