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Volkswagen Golf R VII

Each new model of the R-line of vehicles developed by Volkswagen usually sparks furor. It’s hardly surprising as far as the ‘R’ cars are differentiated by state-of-the-art exterior and the best-in-class performance. The Volkswagen Golf R VII review proves that delicate styling might be combined with monstrous efficiency and perfect handling. Would you dare deny the fact?

Key Exterior & Interior Details

As distinct from the predecessor, the 3-door 5-seater Volkswagen Golf 7R features a more aggressive bodywork with revised bumpers (enlarged air vents), a modified grille, side shells, a rear diffuser, LED tinted taillights, chrome-plated exhaust vents and rearview mirrors, mated with 18-inch wheels (Cadiz). Optionally, the model can be furnished with bi-xenon headlights & integrated daylights.

Inside, the cabin is distinguished by sport-like alcantara seats (Nappa leather upholstery is available as an option for higher trims). Along with a set of standard indicators, the fascia might be supplied with oil temperature sensory units, DSG algorithms, including front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera (Technic package). This outstanding hatch offers plenty of cargo room that can be expended thanks to the 60/40-split backseats construction.

As far as infotainment is concerned, this hatchback boasts the integration of VW Carnet App-Connect system. It allows the driver and all passengers to manage different smartphone apps right from the dashboard; it’s possible to enjoy music, navigation or messaging utilities from the inbuilt touchscreen.

Powertrain & Performance

Volkswagen Golf R VII proves to be more powerful than its predecessor (by 30 hp). The next-gen hatch produces 300 horsepower and 380 nm of torque but consumes 18% less fuel than the 6th Golf. It is powered by a TSI/DSG 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, paired with a four-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual transmission (automatic gearbox with two clutches is an option). This car is able to accelerate up to 100 km/h per 5.1 seconds (manual transmission) and per 4.9 seconds (automatic). Top speed is limited by 250 km/h index.

New Golf R consumes 7.1 liters of fuel per 100 km; as a comparison, the predecessor eats 8.5 liters/100 km. Therewith, the 7th modification emits just 165 g per 1 km. The chassis differs by a renovated suspension with adjustable shock-absorbers. Optionally, there is ESC Sport steering mode that adds vigor to the powertrain.

The realization of a full-wheel drive became possible thanks to 4Motion system with the 5th-gen Haldex clutch as well as differential lock imitation system (XDS). If necessary, Haldex is able to transfer all drag to the rear or front axle, depending on the road conditions. Notably, the clutch can switch between the axles once the grip changes.

Optional DCC

While providing Volkswagen Golf R VII review, it’s necessary to mention that higher model trims might come equipped with Dynamic Chassis Control system. It electronically adjusts shift calibrations, steering effort and other parameters to ensure the maximal ride comfort. In addition, it gives access to three steering modes: normal, comfort and race via a dedicated drive selector.

The DCC-equipped versions are bundled with 19-inch wheels, onboard navigation system and parking sensors.

Safety Facilities

The owner of the R7 is blessed to receive a rich kit of safety options available already in the base trim. Hence, the model houses front and side airbags, lane assist, cruise control (adaptive is optional), forward collision warning, rear traffic alert, park pilot, and blind spot monitoring.

The Golf R VII is the only model in VW’s lineup to have a totally interruptible ESC system. The latter boasts a medium ESC Sport mode that shows itself from the best side on ice-slick surface. The EDS & XDS+ systems selectively manipulate the wheels through transverse differential lock imitation process.

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