Volkswagen: All-new 316bhp Golf R Estate
Volkswagen has revealed the all-new Golf R Estate – the latest of the brand’s performance-focused ‘R’ models. It deploys the same 316bhp engine and four-wheel-drive setup as the recently launched Golf R hatchback.
The new Golf R Estate goes on sale in August, with a starting price in the region of £40,000. When it arrives, it will be a direct rival to the Cupra Leon Estate and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 4MATIC Estate.
Outside, there are very few styling changes from the hatchback. A sporty front bumper featuring a full-width grille takes up most of the nose and the back end has a rear diffuser that sits between four large exhaust pipes. Other ‘R’ specific touches include a bigger rear spoiler, silver mirror caps and large alloy wheels.
According to VW, the longer roofline of the Golf R estate makes it more streamlined than the hatchback, with a 4% lower drag coefficient.
Inside, the Golf R Estate is the same as the hatchback, with twin 10-inch infotainment touchscreen and digital dial cluster, but with an R-specific blue colour scheme and graphics. Front sports seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel both feature ‘R’ logos. Larger gearshift paddles, aluminium pedals and blue interior trim also feature.
Power comes from the ‘EA888’ 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which produces 316bhp. It’s the same engine as deployed in the Golf R hatchback, as well as the Tiguan R and Arteon R. A seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox is fitted, along with VW’s 4Motion four-wheel-drive system, which can split power between the front and rear wheels and between each rear wheel.
Despite weighing 79kg more than the hatchback, the R Estate’s grippy four-wheel drive system helps it sprint from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds which is only two tenths slower than the hatch – not that many will notice as they’ll be too busy holding on. To help it cope with the extra weight and larger body, VW engineers have fitted a revised suspension setup with stiffer springs and dampers.
The top speed of the Golf R Estate is electronically limited to 155mph but opting for the R Performance package raises the limiter to 168mph. A total of six driving modes are available, with each adjusting the car’s throttle response, steering and suspension.
While it may not be a necessity for many Golf R owners, the Estate is capable of towing up to a maximum of 1,900kg. It also has a much bigger boot than the hatchback, with a total load space of 611 litres that increases to 1,642 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.
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