Used Volkswagen Golf R (2010 - 2012) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 23 Sep 2014
4.5
While the Golf GTI is undoubtedly the most famous hot hatch around, there is an even more powerful model available - the Golf R. This model replaces the previous R32 from 2005 but the reason for the name-change is that it no longer uses a 3.
Volkswagen Golf R (10-12)
Storming performance, great usable power, aggressive looks, superbly agile and poised in corners, four-wheel-drive traction
Stiff ride, expensive even compared to a GTI

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

While the Golf GTI is undoubtedly the most famous hot hatch around, there is an even more powerful model available - the Golf R. This model replaces the previous R32 from 2005 but the reason for the name-change is that it no longer uses a 3.2-litre V6 engine. Instead it's powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit boasting an impressive 271bhp which gives it a 0-62mph time of just 5.7 seconds - more than a second quicker than the GTI.

It also features a more aggressive look with unique bumpers, LED running lights and bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels. On the road it's a real feel-good car with intoxicating pace, superb cornering ability and great steering. There are downsides, such as the rather stiff ride, but for enthusiasts, the Golf R offers something distinctly above and beyond the GTI.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

5 out of 5

Handling

5 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

2.5 out of 5

Selling

5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

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