Volkswagen Golf R Owner’s Guide

Like the Golf GTI but wish it had more power and all-wheel drive? Then Volkswagen made the Golf R for you. The Volkswagen Golf R has the same innovative hatchback design, but it’s even sportier and comes with a few other upgrades that make the ride more fun.

If you’re trying to decide if owning a Volkswagen Golf R in Austin is a good investment, keep reading for a quick overview.  

The Volkswagen Golf R Model Essentials

If you have a little extra to spend on a hatchback and you feel like added horsepower is worth the higher price tag, the Volkswagen Golf R is worth a test drive. There are few vehicles on the road that have a similar design paired with impressive drivability and practicality. It’s a daily driver that will make any commute a little more entertaining. 

Volkswagen Golf R Performance 

Let’s put it this way. The Volkswagen Golf R model comes equipped with a Drift Mode and special race modes. That tells you what type of driver the Golf R is made for. You’ll have as much fun spinning around a parking lot as you do driving down the road. However, like the Golf GTI, some have found that the Golf R clutch engagement isn’t the best. 

With the new Volkswagen Golf R you’ll get performance features that include: 

  • 2.0 turbo-charged inline four cylinder TSI 
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Up to 315 horsepower 
  • Up to 280 lb-ft torque 
  • Up to 28 MPG combined
  • DCC adaptive chassis control
  • 4MOTION all-wheel drive
  • Torque vectoring system
  • DSG dual-clutch
  • Electronic Brake-Pressure Distribution
  • Brake Assist System
  • Anti-lock Braking System
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP)
  • Anti-slip regulation
  • Driver select modes
  • Drift and Race drive modes
  • Electromechanical progressive power steering system
  • McPherson strut-type sport suspension
  • Forward collision warning
  • Parking assistance

Volkswagen Golf R Pricing

Price is the one thing that gives the GTI an edge over the R. The Golf R gives you more power, but it comes at a higher price than the Golf GTI. For $44,290 you can get yourself a brand new Volkswagen Golf GTI. 

Tech Features in the Volkswagen Golf R Model

The Volkswagen Golf R model doesn’t just up the performance and power. It’s also even more technologically advanced than other Golf models. That said, don’t expect the infotainment system to have a better design. But the plethora of tech upgrades that come standard on the Golf R make up for what the infotainment system lacks. 

The Volkswagen Golf R comes with the following tech features:  

  • VW digital cockpit pro
  • 10” touchscreen display
  • Voice activating system
  • Harman Kardon premium audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Wireless charging pad
  • 4 USB-C ports
  • Climatronic 3-zone auto climate control
  • Refrigerated storage compartment
  • Multi-collision braking
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Park distance sensors
  • Front and back parking distance radars
  • Auto going and coming home headlights
  • Front door puddle lighting
  • LED headlights
  • Customizable 30-color ambient lighting
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • 12-way heated front seats
  • Bench heated backseat
  • Intelligent Crash Response System
  • Rearview camera system
  • Active blind spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Active Lane Control
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Front Assist
  • Pedestrian and cyclist monitoring
  • Slide and tilt panoramic sunroof

Volkswagen Golf R Repair in Austin

The good news is that Volkswagen Golf R models are fairly reliable. Since 2012 owners haven’t reported many problems. A few of the problems that plague other Golf models can be an issue with the Golf R. Namely there are two common problems:

  • Clunking in the subframe due to loose bolts (VW subframe clunk)
  • Faulty EVAP system purge valve

Common Volkswagen Golf R Maintenance in Austin

One way to avoid repairs is by following your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule. For a Volkswagen Golf R the maintenance begins at 10,000 miles with minor work.

Standard maintenance for the Volkswagen Golf R includes: 

  • Overall safety inspection
  • Replacing the oil 
  • Replacing the oil filter
  • Brake pad and rotor inspection
  • Tire rotation

Need Volkswagen Golf R service in Austin? You’ll get the same amazing quality and value you expect from Volkswagen at German Auto Center. After decades of serving the Austin community, we’re confident that our work is on par with the dealerships. Call the shop today to schedule a Volkswagen Golf R repair, performance upgrade or maintenance service needs.