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2019 Volkswagen Golf R

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$40,395

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Hatchback

Body style

24

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

168.4” x 56.5”

Dimensions

All-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Handling
  • Engine refinement
  • Cabin materials
  • Versatility
  • Six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty

The bad:

  • Steering feedback (GTI, R)
  • Clutch feel (manual transmission)
  • Golf R's hefty price premium
  • Backseat legroom (SportWagen)

1 trim

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • Automatic emergency braking available
  • Hatchback and wagon body styles
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Performance-oriented GTI and R versions available
  • Choice of turbo four-cylinder engines

2019 Volkswagen Golf R review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2019 Volkswagen Golf?

The Golf lineup encompasses a wide range of models, including the four-door Golf hatchback, performance GTI and R hatchbacks, and the SportWagen and Alltrack wagons. The SportWagen is available with front- or all-wheel drive, while the Golf R and Alltrack have standard AWD. Other models have FWD. Competitors include the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback, Kia Soul and Mini Countryman.

What’s New on the 2019 Volkswagen Golf?

On the Golf S and SE, as well as the front-drive SportWagen, the engine is now a 147-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder instead of a 1.8-liter engine. Horsepower on GTI models increases 8 hp to 228 hp, and the GTI Rabbit Edition comes with gloss-black 18-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, and unique exterior and interior trim; the GTI also gets a limited-slip differential and brakes from the Golf R. The Golf R, meanwhile, comes in a single trim level with the Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive suspension and navigation. The base S trim levels of the Alltrack and regular Golf add forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert.

What Features in the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Are Most Important?

All models offer a rare combination of practicality and fun-to-drive sportiness that makes the Golf stand out from the crowd. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is available on all models and standard on many. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity is standard.

Should I Buy the 2019 Volkswagen Golf?

Volkswagen stumbled badly with its diesel emissions scandal, but it’s showing a renewed focus on catering to American tastes while retaining some of its German heritage. That said, the Golf line lacks the styling appeal of some competitors — and a roster of hatchbacks and wagons seems out of tune with today’s market. However, driving a Golf and experiencing its refinement and versatility might be enough to sway some SUV-minded shoppers.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.9
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

RRRR for the win

Had mine since new 88,000 fun miles on it. superby reliable. Fantastic handling, comfort for long long long drive 6 hours, and great MPG...super quick, it really does everything excellently. Out of 17+ VWs since 1987 this is the best one yet...fun personified, tracks at speed perfectly, solid grip in all weather conditions. Solid, tight, really well done car. Interior layout is ergonomic excellence. of course 6 speed manual, it's best, control and in connection with the drive.

4.0

GOLF R MK7.5 is the pick out of all Golf R

I purchased the 2020 MK7.5. I have been driving it for close to 12 months. There was minor niggles such as a blown fuse, the hlove box hinge detaching, right side mirror needing replacing because of a non functioning blind spot light. Other than that I had no reliability issues....Yet. Yes... The car is quick but not super quick, as some have stated but instead some what boring, because hardly anyone will take it on at the lights. lol It is compfortable and quality is good. You get a lot of car, hence the price. Still fahr more affordable than an Audi S3 with less power. Adding a a cutback sport system that utilises the oem flaps and an APR stage 1 ECU and DSG tube made this car even more enjoyable. Given all that, the fuel economy remained the same. I would not hesitate recommending the MK7.5 over the previous Golf R and even the MK 8. I think it is the better car out of all of them.

5.0

High performance fun hot hatch

The most fun car I’ve ever owned. Terrific performance. Handling is outstanding. I love that the R is an all-wheel drive. Has been completely reliable.

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Safety

Based on the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
13.4%
Rollover rating
5
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
72 months/72,000 miles
Corrosion
84 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
72 months/72,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2016-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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