During our time with the Golf R Mk7, we managed to catch up with its predecessor, the Golf R Mk6. We literally mean catching up because the R Mk6 is no slouch of a car. Packing close to 270 horses ready to be deployed to all four wheels, the R Mk6 costs RM 268,888 when new and it was the first to get a downsized 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo after the passing of the huge 3.2-litre V6 in the Golf R32 Mk5.

Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 & Volkswagen Golf R Mk6 comparison by AutoBuzz.my

The downsizing of the engine for the Golf R Mk6 has proven to be a brilliant move, not only it’s friendlier to the environment and sips less fuel, it reduces the mass over the front axle for better handling, and the 4-cylinder also happens to be more powerful than the old V6 too.

Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 & Volkswagen Golf R Mk6 comparison by AutoBuzz.my

So the ingredients are retained but the recipe has been revised, freeing up more horses from the 4-cylinder in the R Mk7. For the Malaysian-spec R Mk7 at least, it generates 276 hp, while torque has climbed from 330 Nm to 380 Nm. The selling price is also bumped up to RM 293,888.

Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 & Volkswagen Golf R Mk6 comparison by AutoBuzz.my

Combined with 45 kg reduction in weight, the sprint time from 0 to 100 km/h is quicker, from 5.7 seconds in the R Mk6 to 5.0 seconds in the R Mk7. Although top speed is still electronically limited to 250 km/h. The Mk7 R is more economical as well, sipping only 6.9 l/100 km compared to 8.4 l/100 km on the R Mk6.

Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 & Volkswagen Golf R Mk6 comparison by AutoBuzz.my

The R Mk6 never really had its foot in the wrong place in terms of its ride and handling, and the R Mk7 inherits the same poise and composure but with a little bit more polish. The main difference is, on the R Mk7 you can fully switch the traction control off, unlike the over-protective R Mk6. This allows more freedom for you to explore the car’s limits of adhesion as long as you’re willing to.

Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 & Volkswagen Golf R Mk6 comparison by AutoBuzz.my

On the outside, the R Mk7 follows the understated approach of the R Mk6 and their predecessors with subtle R touches to spice things up. Parked next to the R Mk6, the R Mk7 looks wider and flatter due to the growth in width and length by 13 mm and 64 mm respectively, but it’s lower than the R Mk6 by 25 mm.

Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 & Volkswagen Golf R Mk6 comparison by AutoBuzz.my

The R elements on the exterior of both cars are identical: simple grille, huge air intakes on the front bumper, side skirts, 19-inch wheels, twin-exit tailpipes, and R badges; however the details are distinctly different.

Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 & Volkswagen Golf R Mk6 comparison by AutoBuzz.my

For example on the R Mk7, the Lapiz Blue shade is deeper than the Rising Blue on the R Mk6, the slats on the front side air intakes have been reduced, side mirror caps are now in matte silver instead of gloss black, Cadiz alloys have took the place of a set of Talladega wheels, and the amount of tailpipes at the back end have been doubled to four.

Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 & Volkswagen Golf R Mk6 comparison by AutoBuzz.my

Similarly on the inside, you will find a chunky flat-bottom steering wheel with shift paddles, blue needles, push start button, piano black trim, glass sunroof, and leather upholstery in both cars. Although the R Mk7 is missing the gorgeous Motorsport Bucket Seats in the R Mk6, the seats in the R Mk7 is just as accommodating.

Whichever you look at it, the R offers supercar-baiting performance in a conventional compact hatch shell. The way the R makes it so accessible is nothing short of amazing and sometimes we wonder how can VW make it any better, but they are already teasing with a madder Golf R400 with 400 hp from essentially the same turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder. It might still be a concept car at this stage but judging by the growth of progress these days it’s only a matter of time we’ll get to see it in the showroom.

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Najdi appreciates and sees cars as more than just a transportation tool. He believes that driving is therapeutic and finds solace when cruising at 110 km/h. Given the chance, he prefers to drive than being driven.