View Local Inventory
Save

2018 Volkswagen Golf R

Change year or vehicle
$33,644 — $43,581 NEW and USED
20
Photos
Hatchback
5 Seats
24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
 — 
Compare 1 trims

Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Punchy, smooth-revving engine
  • Front sport seats
  • Adult-size backseat
  • Versatile cargo space
  • Fender audio system's clarity
  • Available manual transmission

The Bad

  • Drivetrain lag (automatic transmission)
  • Clutch feel (manual transmission)
  • Lack of steering feedback
  • Noisy motorized backup camera
  • Hefty price premium over Golf GTI
  • Not as powerful as competitors
2018 Volkswagen Golf R exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R
  • Four-door hatchback body style
  • Turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Adaptive suspension available
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity available

We’re looking for the best deals on a Volkswagen near you…

Are you looking for more listings?

Change location

Please enter a valid 5-digit ZIP code.

Search Again

— OR —

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
10 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Super Car

by Oldpro from San Mateo on December 31, 2018

This car is absolutely one of the finest built dollar for dollar in existence! All around exhilarating handling and performance. Spectacular body style, and superior interior finish. Unbelievable ... Read full review

(5.0)

Very, very engaging

by R in Michigan from ANN ARBOR on December 10, 2018

Tremendously well designed; very quick; handles especially well; great seats and seating position; up-scale interior; solid. While every car has trade offs...this one has only one aspect that I think ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain

    5 years/60,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    100-plus point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

Latest 2018 Golf R Stories

Change year or vehicle

0 / 0 0 Photos
0 / 0

Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Golf R received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker

What's your location?

To find the best deals near you, please enter your ZIP code.