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New Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TSI R 4Motion Reviewed

The new Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TSI R 4Motion is the icing on the cake, the best of the best, the ultimate VW Golf

By Stephen Turvil
Jul 20, 2010
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The new Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TSI R 4Motion is the icing on the cake, the best of the best, the ultimate VW Golf. This monstrous machine sits above the legendary GTI in the Golf family as it is both more powerful and faster than it's illustrious sibling. It also has four-wheel drive and the firmest suspension in the entire range.

Power comes courtesy of the 2.0-litre 266bhp engine that propels this hot hatch to 60mph in 5.7 seconds. This applies to the six-speed manual variant, but the DSG automatic hits the mark in only 5.5 seconds. Top speed is 155mph for both transmission types which is very impressive for a three/five door hatchback that, with the rear seats folded flat, carries 1,230-litres of luggage. Fuel consumption is also respectable as it averages over 33mpg.

To complement the power plant lurking under bonnet the VW Golf 2.0 TSI R 4Motion has excellent handling. This means the steering is sharp, the body roll nicely controlled, the transmissions slick, and the brakes strong. Okay, the ride is rather harsh compared to the standard Golf but this is a fair price to pay for driving one of the finest hot hatchbacks on the market.

The Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TSI R 4Motion's standard equipment includes fashionable 'R' badging, 18” alloy wheels, and a brake pad wear indicator. Very clever too. Options include cruise control for £225, the £240 bluetooth telephone preparation system, and a £175 DAB digital radio. However, surely common features such as cruise control should be standard on a vehicle that costs £30,345 - £32,225.

The Golf 2.0 TSI R 4Motion is unquestionably the ultimate choice for Golf hot hatch lovers. However, the £30,000 plus price tag is rather considerable for what is essentially a pumped-up small family car, and the 'R' badge lacks recognition compared to the more established GTI. So, If my wallet was wandering in VW's direction I would save £5,000 and slide behind the wheel of a GTI.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jul 20, 2010