• (4.9) 7 reviews
  • MSRP: $18,659$30,443
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 22
  • Engine: 256-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
2013 Volkswagen Golf R

Our Take on the 2013 Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen introduced this high-performance version of its compact hatchback for 2012. The Golf R gets a 256-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. All-wheel drive is standard, and the five-seat Golf R competes with the Subaru Impreza WRX STI... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Underwhelming power
  • AWD doesn't add to driving experience on dry roads
  • Significantly more expensive than GTI

Notable Features

  • Two- or four-door hatchback
  • 256-hp turbo engine
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual transmission

2013 Volkswagen Golf R Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in July 2012 about the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2013, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. Today, you can find a 500-horsepower muscle car for around $50,000, or you can opt for something sporty and inexpensive, like Subaru&apos... Read full review for the 2013 Volkswagen Golf R

Consumer Reviews

4.9

Average based on 7 reviews

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Awesome!

by New to VW from Oakland, CA on December 5, 2012

This car handles great! The ride can be a little bumpy on rough roads but far better than others like the Mazdaspeed 3. I put around town and it feels like an economy car with 27 mpg highway, but step... Read Full Review

2 Trim Levels Available

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2013 Volkswagen Golf R Safety Ratings

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Recalls

Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2013 Volkswagen Golf R.


Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/36,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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