Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VGM) has finally brought in the latest Golf R variant to Malaysia. Two variants will be made available, which are the 3-door basic model and the pricier 5 door model. The 3-door model will be marketed as a basic Golf R, while the 5 door model will include the Tech Pack as standard.

Golf R_Exterior, front (2)

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QUICK FACTS

Name Volkswagen Golf R
Segment C-Segment Hatchback
Engine 1,984cc 4-cylinder TSI engine
Transmission 6-speed DSG gearbox
Max Power 280hp @ 5700-6200 rpm (290hp 5-door with Tech Pack)
Max Torque 380Nm @ 1750-5600 rpm
Price RM245,888 (RM285,888 5-door with Tech Pack)

 

Exterior
Keeping to the R tradition, the Mk7 R has a more aggressive face over the GTI. Sharper features throughout the front and the rear differentiates it from the regular Golf model. The Golf R is also with quad exhaust pipes, smoked LED tail lights, adaptive bi-xenon front headlights with DRLs.

2014 VW Golf R

 

The vanilla Golf R rims are 18″ in size, wrapped with 225/40 BridgeStone Potenzas, while the 5-door model gets 19″ rims, wrapped in 235/35 BridgeStone Potenzas. Both variants have the same rim design called “Cadiz“.

Interior
The pricier 5-door variant gets the Tech Pack as standard, and adds extra toys like a 12-way electrially adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, 8″ TFT Touchscreen display with navigation, Dynamic Chassis Control, ECO Function, Vienna leather seats and a panoramic sunroof. Of course, the best part is the Tech Pack also adds another 10 more horses.

Golf R_Interior (4)

 

Unlike the Golf GTI’s red themed interior, the Golf R has a cooler looking blue theme instead like blue needles for the meters. Other than that, the R has a flat bottomed leather steering wheel and carbon fibre like trim. The Golf R also gets a R leather gear knob and R badged seats.

Performance
Engine wise, both variants are powered by a newly designed 2.0TSI engine producing 280hp (290hp with Tech Pack) and 380Nm of torque. Power is transferred to the wheels via a 6-speed DSG gearbox. The Golf R is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 5 seconds. When driven flat out, the Golf R will top out at 250km/h.

Golf R_2.0l TSI engine

Also new is Volkswagen’s 4Motion AWD system, which is already in its 5th generation. The 4Motion system is capable of splitting torque between front and rear wheels from 10:90 and 90:10. Another addition to the Golf R is the XDS+ differentials up front and behind. The GTI only had the XDS+ diffs up front.

Safety
Safety wise, the Golf R scored a full 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash test. Other than the strong structure, the Golf R keeps the driver and occupants safe with 7 airbags, ABS, EBD, Stability Control and ISOFIX mount. The passenger’s airbag can also be manually disabled, when the need arises.

2014 VW Golf R

What else…
Price starts from RM245,888 for the 3-door variant, while the Tech Pack equipped 5-door variant tops out at RM285,888. Prices quoted here are without insurance. Like all Volkswagen models, the Golf R also benefits from VGM’s 5-year warranty coverage.

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Eric Goh
A self proclaimed car nut. Enjoys every moment of driving, even better when coupled with some smooth jazz in the background. Weekends are usually spend by fixing and mending his own ride, at home.