Volkswagen Golf R review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Given its huge performance potential, the R is surprisingly cost effective to run
Considering the supercar levels of performance, fuel economy isn't bad at all. Under the most recent WLTP test procedure, the DSG auto version of the Golf R has claimed economy of up to 32.8mpg, which is a figure you can expect to achieve in real life if you're easy with the loud pedal. Emissions range from 158-164g/km. The previous NEDC cycle saw a figure of 40.4mpg for the DSG model and emissions of 163g/km. In comparison, the now-defunct manual fared slightly worse, with figures of 37.7mpg and 180g/km. They are hardly bad, although if you use the Golf R to its maximium, you'll probably see economy figures close to half that.
A car capable of such pace is never going to be cheap to insure, but compared to similarly fast models the Golf R is surprisingly affordable. It helps that it comes with VW’s range of driver assistance systems that you get with the normal Golf.
Fixed-price servicing means you won’t face supercar bills, either, while predicted residuals of over 50 per cent mean the Golf R should hold on to its value well. VW also offers a range of attractive finance solutions, which include the offer of low cost servicing pack.
Despite its humble hatchback origins, the Golf R is a serious piece of high-performance machinery, which means there's a higher risk of an accident in inexperienced hands, while the car's desirability means it's attractive to thieves too. As a result, the R falls into a relatively high insurance grouping of 34.
The combination of desirable VW badge and exceptional driving dynamics has meant strong demand for Golf R models on the secondhand market. And while the fast flagship sells in greater numbers than the GTI, our experts predict that the popular R will retain at least 50 percent of its new value after three years.
In this review
- 1Volkswagen Golf R reviewWhen a regular Golf GTI isn’t sufficiently extreme, the VW Golf R steps up to the mark
- 2Engines, performance and driveBlistering performance, agile handling and rock solid composure make the Golf R a great hot hatch
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingGiven its huge performance potential, the R is surprisingly cost effective to run
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Golf R is subtle but stylish, with a few key differences to the Golf GTI
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceBeneath the Golf R’s high performance exterior beats the heart of one of the most practical family hatchbacks available
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Golf R should be as reliable as any other Golf