The 2016 Volkswagen Golf R is the closest thing to a pure European sports car that most of us will ever aspire to owning. That is until the new Ford Focus RS arrives, though many will wrongly consider it to be a North America car. The Golf R offers 292 horsepower @ 5,400-6,200 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque @ 1,900-5,300 rpm, seating for five and tons of storage space.
In today’s hyper-competitive marketplace; the Golf R is a bonafide contender for the crown. I enjoyed driving a stick shift for a change, but wouldn’t want to own one as my everyday vehicle. Then again, with a blast from 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds while stirring gears and a listed top speed of 210 km/h, maybe I should. Jump in, let’s go for a drive!
2016 Volkswagen Golf
Trim level: R
Price as tested (before taxes): $42,010.00
Configuration: front-engine, four-wheel drive
Engine/transmission: 2.0L 4-cylinder/ 6-speed manual
Power/torque: 292 hp/ 280 lb-ft
Fuel economy ratings (L/100 km): city: 10.9, hwy: 7.7 L/100 Km
Observed fuel economy (L/100 km): 9.1 L/100 km (650 km)
Warranties: 4-years/80,000 km (basic)
Competitors: Ford Focus RS, Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG, Subaru STi
- Racy performance, interior comfort
- Inconspicuous exterior styling