There are many reasons why you might not want an SUV – among them, the common ones we usually hear are that they’re big, heavy, and usually thirsty vehicles for day-to-day commute. But the strongest opponent to the SUV takeover has always been the brilliant Volkswagen Golf R Wagon (or Estate, depending on where you’re from), and good news – there’s a brand-new one for us to be jealous about. Okay, maybe ‘bad news’ is more appropriate.

There are no changes to the tried and true recipe here; It’s still a Volkswagen Golf R, just with a stretched roof. But just like a Margherita pizza, simple and traditional – if done right – is still very, very good.

The wagon variant basically takes everything you love from the hot hatch, and adds on a large serving of practicality thanks to the bigger cargo area at the back. Specifically, the estate Golf R can now swallow 611 litres of luggage, expandable to 1,642 litres with the rear bench folded down.

Read all about the regular VW Golf R hot hatch here.

There’s also a slightly elongated wheelbase which results in more rear legroom, roof rails as standard, and even an optional electronically-controlled ball coupling hook at the rear to tow trailers up to 1.9 tonnes.

Aside from these additions, everything else on the new Volkswagen Golf R wagon is pretty much carried over from the regular hot hatch, including the 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine which makes a maximum of 320 hp and 420 Nm.

4Motion all-wheel drive with R Performance Torque Vectoring is standard, as is the R-specific DSG dual-clutch gearbox. But with the extra heft, 0-100 km/h on the stretchback Golf R is a touch slower at 4.9 seconds, although top speed is still the same at 250 km/h standard, or 270 km/h with the optional R Performance package.

Watch the VW Golf R challenge the AMG A 45 S to a drift battle!

The package also includes a set of 19-inch wheels, along with two new driving modes – Special (or Nurburgring mode) and Drift – for when you want to do sports car stuff.

Sounds brilliant, doesn’t it? But as usual, the VW Golf R wagon will mostly be a European-only affair. Pricing information is not available yet, but we expect it to be priced slightly higher than the regular hatchback model, which costs EUR49,400 (~RM242k) in Germany.

In related news, the eight-generation Volkswagen Golf – including the Golf R – is slated to be launched here in Malaysia very soon. Would you like to see the wagon variant being sold here in Malaysia? Let us know in the comments section below!


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