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2019 Volkswagen Golf R

Original MSRP Range
$40,395--$41,495
Available Style(s)
Hatchback
MPG
21--23 MPG City / 29--30 MPG Hwy
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2019 Volkswagen Golf R

What We Like

Engaging turbocharged engine; handling, grip and traction enhanced by standard all-wheel drive; premium interior; highway champ

What We Don't

Pricey; not significantly faster than the GTI

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.1/ 5

Consumer Rating

5.0/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R?

Volkswagen has revised the Golf R's power output. Whereas the Golf R was rated at 292 hp last year, this year the official figure is 288 hp. This is the result of a new measuring method and not any actual drop in power. (Sister company Audi has done the same thing.) The torque remains the same. Volkswagen is also offering a choice of 40 custom-order exterior paint colors along with the usual five hues. And an optional Black Wheel package includes 19-in alloy rims finished in gloss black. See the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R models for sale near you

Which Golf R is the Best?

Two things might cause us to hesitate. As mentioned above, this is an expensive car, especially from a maker that's not considered premium. And this generation of Golf is due for replacement. There's a choice: Wait to see what the 2020 model year brings, or try and negotiate a serious discount. Find a Volkswagen Golf R for sale

How Much Does a 2019 Volkswagen Golf R Cost?

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R ($41,380) comes as one well-stocked model.

Standard equipment includes 19-in alloy wheels, aerodynamic body additions, quad exhaust pipes with chromed tips, keyless entry, push-button ignition, automatic/adaptive LED headlights with LED running lights and taillights, rain-sensing wipers, heated windshield washer nozzles, heated side mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel/brake lever/shift knob, dual-zone climate control, a 12.3-in digital instrument display, a self-dimming rearview mirror, ambient cabin lighting with LED reading lights, leather seating surfaces, heated front sport seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, drive mode selection, adaptive suspension (DCC), Bluetooth, an infotainment system with an 8-in touchscreen, navigation, a USB port, an SD card slot, satellite/HD radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration (through VW's Car-Net App-Connect feature) and a Fender-branded audio system. All the standard driver aids are listed in the Safety section below.

The DSG transmission costs an additional $1,100.

Like other Golf hatchbacks, the R enjoys some of the most generous cargo space in its class: 22.8 cu ft. behind the rear seats and 52.7 cu ft. when those seats are folded down.

Golf R Trims

HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Golf R 2.0T DSG w/DCC/Nav$41,495 / $39,8354 Cylinder Turbo28823 / 306-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Golf R 2.0T Manual w/DCC/Nav$40,395 / $38,7794 Cylinder Turbo288N/A6-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Safety

Is the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R a Safe Car?

The Golf R comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, hill-hold assist and six airbags (front, front side and side curtain airbags). Post-collision braking is also standard -- and something of a Volkswagen specialty. In the event of a collision, the Golf R automatically applies the brakes to reduce the chance of a secondary impact. The standard-issue adaptive cruise control doesn't work below 19 mph when paired with the manual transmission, and it will bring the car to a complete stop if necessary when paired with the DSG transmission.

Other standard safety features include forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assistance, front and rear parking sensors with maneuver braking and automatic high beams.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the Golf R a maximum overall score of five stars -- four for front impact protection and five for side impact protection.

The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not rate the Golf R, but gave the regular 4-door Golf its highest rating of Good in every category and made it a Top Safety Pick Plus.

Frontal Crash Rating
Overall Rating
Rollover Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Crash Rating
5 Year Cost to Own

$45,016 ($0.60 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic6 Years/72,000 Miles
Drivetrain6 Years/72,000 Miles
Corrosion7 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Alloy Wheels Pkg

Competition

2019 Volkswagen Golf R vs the competition

2019 BMW M240i xDrive -- Smaller and not quite as practical (although its trunk is pretty accommodating at 13.8 cu ft.), the 335-hp M240i xDrive also has AWD.

2019 Honda Civic Type-R -- Front-drive and manual transmission only. But 306 hp, limited-slip differential and 20-in alloy wheels are all part of a recipe for sharp handling and sharp looks.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG -- Runs with 375 hp going to all four wheels. Slightly more of a crossover than a regular hatch and costs in the region of $55,000.

2019 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Hardtop -- Less expensive than a Golf R, smaller and less powerful at 228 hp, and only front-wheel driven. But it's still one of the most entertaining rides around.

2019 Subaru WRX STI -- It's a sedan, not a hatchback, but it's similarly energetic and grippy. Not as refined as the Golf R, though.

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI -- Take a GTI for a spin to see if it works well enough. It has 228 hp and sprints from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. For many drivers, this is all perfectly fine.

Used BMW M3 -- For power, poise and prestige, there's nothing better. Check out BMW's certified pre-owned program.

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