Around two months after its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show, advance sales start now for the new Golf R Variant. The extremely sporty all-round vehicle has standard 4Motion all-wheel drive, a dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) and a turbocharged engine that produces 300 hp. Pricing of the Golf R Variant starts at 42,925 euros.
The new Golf R Variant* is one of the few compact sports cars to offer sufficient space for an entire family, and even for larger sporting or recreational equipment. In doing so, it does not overlook dynamic performance in the least. That is because the turbocharged engine of the Golf R Variant outputs 221 kW / 300 PS of power and transfers up to 380 Newton metres of torque to the 4Motion all-wheel drive system via a standard 6-speed DSG. This technology package delivers maximum traction, performance and active safety. It also offers a sport chassis (lowered by 20 mm), innovative progressive steering, and – for use on the racetrack – the ESC electronic stability programme that can be deactivated. From a standstill, the Golf R Variant accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds. Showing just how efficiently the turbocharged four-cylinder engine operates is its fuel consumption of 7.0 litres per 100 km (NEDC).
The dynamic driving potential of the Golf R Variant is also reflected in its very expressive styling. At the rear, the car’s sportiness is accentuated by a bumper in R-Styling, a diffuser in high-gloss black and four chrome-plated tailpipe trims of the exhaust system. In front, the Golf R Variant can also be made out by its R-specific bumper with especially large air inlets, an independent radiator grille (with R badge) and bi-xenon headlights with integrated daytime running lights. The car also has matt chrome door mirrors which complete its overall sporty image. In addition, the LED daytime running lights beneath the dual headlights form a concise double “U” which projects a very distinctive light design – day and night.
Inside, the new Golf R Variant makes its debut with top sport seats that feature an R badge on the seat backrests, blue ambient lighting, “Carbon Touch” decor, automatic climate control system and a radio-CD system (“Composition Touch”). Volkswagen also offers optional features for the Golf R Variant, which include a Nappa leather package known as “Carbon Style”.
The sporty Variant car – with a cargo capacity of 605 litres (loaded to the backrests of the rear seats) offers space for five people and a remarkably large bootspace. Loaded up to the backrests of the front sport seats and up to the headlining, cargo capacity grows to a large 1,620 litres.