Volkswagen Golf R

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$44,740
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Key specifications

Highlights
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Engine Type
20 City / 28 Hwy
MPG
315 hp
Horsepower
5
Seating Capacity
Engine
280 @ 1900
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Engine Type
2.0 L/121
Displacement
315 @ 5900
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
Suspension
Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear
Strut
Suspension Type - Front
Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Weight & Capacity
N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
15 gal
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
Safety
Standard
Blind Spot Monitor
Standard
Stability Control
Standard
Backup Camera
Standard
Lane Departure Warning
Entertainment
Standard
Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto®
Electrical
480
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
140
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
Brakes
4-Wheel Disc
Brake Type
4-Wheel
Brake ABS System
N/A
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
N/A
Brake ABS System (Second Line)

Engine

280 @ 1900 SAE Net Torque @ RPM
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Engine Type
2.0 L/121 Displacement
315 @ 5900 SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

Suspension

Multi-Link Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Suspension Type - Rear
Strut Suspension Type - Front
Strut Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Weight & Capacity

N/A Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
N/A Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
N/A Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
15 gal Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
N/A Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
3,404 lbs Base Curb Weight
N/A Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.

Safety

Standard Blind Spot Monitor
Standard Stability Control
Standard Backup Camera
Standard Lane Departure Warning

Entertainment

Standard Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto®

Electrical

480 Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
140 Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Brakes

4-Wheel Disc Brake Type
4-Wheel Brake ABS System
N/A Drum - Rear (Yes or )
N/A Brake ABS System (Second Line)
14 in Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12 in Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
Yes Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Disc - Rear (Yes or )

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Exterior Interior

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Factory Warranties

Basic
4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion
7 years / 100,000 miles
Powertrain
4 years / 50,000 miles
Maintenance
2 years / 20,000 miles
Roadside Assistance
3 years / 36,000 miles

Consumer reviews

5.0 / 5
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Comfort 5.0
Interior 4.0
Performance 5.0
Value 4.0
Exterior 5.0
Reliability 5.0
5.0

VW's Sleeper Will Outrun an M2 on Most Surfaces

The best combination of AWD 4-door hot hatch with 6-SP manual. Rear 0-100% torque vectoring is a huge technical advancement. Powerful and economical 313 HP 4-cylinder. The Golf R is a true sleeper. M2 performance in. a low-key wrapper.

2023 Volkswagen Golf R review: Our expert's take

By Carl Malek

The 2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R got a major redesign for 2022, and the automaker is using the 2023 model year to make some minor cosmetic changes and introduce two anniversary editions. Starting prices are bumped up, as well, to $31,625 for the GTI and $45,835 for the Golf R (all pricing includes destination).

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The 2023 Golf GTI now gets standard LED headlights and LED foglights with active cornering technology, while the Golf R gets minor exterior tweaks. However, most notable are the new 40th and 20th Anniversary Editions for the GTI and Golf R, respectively. The GTI 40th Anniversary Edition will be available mid-model year. It slots in between the S and SE trims and offers 19-inch black-alloy wheels with summer performance tires, a black roof and black mirrors. As for the Golf R, the range-topping 20th Anniversary Edition is available now. These models get trim-exclusive features including black or blue exterior accents, 20th anniversary logos, 19-inch black wheels and carbon-fiber interior trim.

Performance hardware is carried over from 2022, with both Golfs powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a standard six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. In the GTI, the engine makes 241 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque; in the R, it makes 315 hp and 280 pounds-feet with the manual and up to 295 pounds-feet with the automatic.

Pricing and Release Date

With the exception of the Golf GTI’s 40th Anniversary Edition, 2023 Golfs are at dealerships now. Opting for the automatic transmission adds $800 across the lineup, and full pricing is below:

GTI

  • S: $31,625
  • 40th Anniversary Edition: $34,150
  • SE: $36,425
  • Autobahn: $40,165

Golf R

  • Base: $45,835
  • 20th Anniversary Edition: $46,485

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