The real Volkswagen Golf R. This post is an update and long-term ownership review of my Volkswagen Golf R. This is a long-term owner review of the Volkswagen Golf R. I’ve had this car for nearly 12 months, and driven it for 12,000 miles (nearly 20,000 Kilometres). Most reviews will show a pristine version of the Volkswagen Golf R, but hardly ever you’ll see one how it will look in every day use.
Volkswagen Golf R
For those who don’t know this vehicle, it is a 300Hp all wheel drive hyper hatchback made by Volkswagen. I took ownership of mine nearly a year ago and you can read my first impressions review here. Since its first release the press have unanimously raved about this vehicle. But what is it like from a real owner, someone who drives it every day, someone who has had to live with this car, and someone who has had to deal with its issues, repairs, quirks etc. Well, I’m that guy who has had it for a while and used it like a normal car. So relax and enjoy the updated owners report.
The power delivery of the Volkswagen Golf R remains epic. There is this constant surge, it provides you with all the confidence in the world that you can overtake safely. However one must not lose sight that this is a 4-cylinder turbo charge petrol vehicle, but what it lacks in low down torque it makes up with the linear power delivery when above 3,000 RPM. It is brilliant, and I can’t get enough of it.
Rating: 95 / 100
Handling from the Volkswagen Golf R remains assured, direct and highly controllable. I’ve driven the Volkswagen Golf R now through all seasons, and be it dry roads, be it the wet leaf lined fall, or the snow and cold winter roads, the grip is always there. The steering is superbly weighted and responsive. It remains a pleasure to drive.
Rating: 95 / 100
Comfort to me is about more that soft suspension, it is about not only dealing with all road circumstances, but also maintaining that balance with feedback and creature comforts. The Volkswagen Golf R has that balance spot on. My vehicle has standard suspension and 18″ Cadiz alloy wheels and that combination is a very good balance. Sometimes it is a little edgy, and I would admit that if I got another I would consider getting the Dynamic Chassis Control option. However, you will not be disappointed with the standard setup.
Rating: 90 / 100
I really wanted the cloth interior in my Volkswagen Golf R, but was a little concerned about the light bolsters and how they would hold up. Well nothing to worry about, they hold up fine, the seats are vey comfortable and look stunning.
The sound system is spot on for a standard sound system and has nicely loosened up. The integration with iOS8 is perfect and together with my Brodit Mount the phone gets nicely charged and provides the satellite navigation features.
The gloss black interior is not the dust magnet people generally accuse it to be. The interior is solid, all well within reach and very good.
Running and operating
Ok, so let me get this out-of-the-way. I’ve never ever been able to reach 40mpg, but besides that I’m long-term averaging 35mpg. That is fantastic for such an insanely powerful car which gets driven in a spirited manner.
I’ve had one small issue with the rear spoiler coming loose, but other than that it has been great. I’m not marking it down for that since the dealer quickly repaired this and it has been fine since.
Now a message has come up that the oil change is due in 900 miles, so with my hard and spirited drive and the variable service timing that is pretty good going as well. The tyres (Bridgestone S001) still have about 6,000 miles left as well. All in all pretty good going and cheap motoring.
It is a very solid performer, a capable car for day in and out usage. Hardly anything there in this category that can touch its performance and running costs. A year on I still like it and am not bored with it. Hopefully I’ll have another year of happy motoring before I’ll get rid.