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2017 Volkswagen Golf R

Original MSRP Range
$35,655--$40,475
Available Style(s)
Hatchback
MPG
22--23 MPG City / 30--31 MPG Hwy
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2017 Volkswagen Golf R

What We Don't

Pricey; not significantly faster than the GTI

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.2/ 5

Consumer Rating

5.0/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R?

The Driver Assistance Package (adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert) is now standard. Lane departure warning, parking sensors (front and rear) and high beam control are also included when buying the DCC adaptive suspension and navigation package. See the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R models for sale near you

What We Like

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

Which Golf R is the Best?

This is an enthusiast's car, so consider staying with the manual transmission, and with the fewest bells and whistles possible. Then again, to those who want the absolute best Golf and can afford it -- dive in and enjoy. Find a Volkswagen Golf R for sale

 

How Much Does a 2017 Volkswagen Golf R Cost?

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R ($36,475) comes as one well-stocked model.

Standard equipment includes 18-in alloy wheels, keyless entry/push-button ignition, automatic headlights with LED running lights and taillights, rain-sensing wipers, leather-wrapped steering wheel/brake lever/shift knob, leather seating surfaces, dual-zone climate control, ambient cabin lighting with LED reading lights, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, drive mode selection, rearview camera, Bluetooth, infotainment system with 6.5-in touchscreen, USB port, SD card slot, satellite radio and an 8-speaker audio system.

The DSG transmission costs another $1,100.

The adaptive suspension (DCC) and navigation bundle also brings 19-in alloy wheels, and a Fender-branded audio system upgrade.

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 4-Door DSG$36,755 / $35,2854 Cylinder Turbo29223 / 306-Speed ManualAWD4WD
Golf R 4-Door DSG w/DCC/Nav$40,475 / $38,7684 Cylinder Turbo29223 / 306-Speed ManualAWD4WD
Golf R 4-Door Manual$35,655 / $34,2294 Cylinder Turbo292N/A6-Speed ManualAWD4WD
Golf R 4-Door Manual w/DCC/Nav$39,375 / $37,7124 Cylinder Turbo292N/A6-Speed ManualAWD4WD
Safety

Is the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R a Safe Car?

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

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 gave the 4-door regular Golf its highest rating of Good in every category and made it a Top Safety Pick+.

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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited 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
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Blind-Spot Alert
  • Driver Assistance Pkg
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Power Liftgate Release

Competition

2017 Volkswagen Golf R vs the competition

2017 BMW M240i xDrive -- Smaller and not quite as practical (although its trunk is pretty good at 13.8 cu ft), the M240i xDrive also has all-wheel drive and replaces the M235i. Horsepower goes up from 320 to 335 hp.

2017 Ford Focus RS -- The Focus is another compact hatchback with another world-class chassis. The full-on RS version beats the Golf R with 350 hp going to all four wheels. Anyone thinking about an R really has to check out the RS.

2017 Honda Civic Type-R -- All-new. Front-drive/manual transmission only. But 306 hp, limited-slip differential and 20-inch alloy wheels are all part of a recipe for sharp handling and sharp looks.

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 -- Runs with 375 hp going to all four wheels. Slightly more of a crossover than a regular hatch and firmly in the $50,000 region.

2017 Mini Hardtop John Cooper Works -- Less expensive than a Golf R, smaller, less powerful (228 hp) and only front-wheel-driven. But one of the most entertaining rides around.

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI -- Take a GTI for a spin to see if it works well enough. It has 220 hp and sprints from 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.

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