2019 Volkswagen Golf R

Original MSRP Range
$40,395 - $41,495
Available Style(s)
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


Expert Rating

4.1/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.9/ 5


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
Volkswagen Golf R 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

$47,830 ($0.64 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

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
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Alloy Wheels Pkg


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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