Capping the production volume of a performance car is a sure-fire way of justifying almost any asking price, and so it goes with the Clubsport S.
The question of comparative value is rendered void by the fact that the Clubsport S sold out almost immediately.
In fact, considering the temptation to charge exorbitant amounts for special-edition hot hatchbacks (the previous-generation Honda Civic Type R Mugen was priced at £38,599 a full seven years ago), this Golf’s exclusivity actually appears quite affordable – and you are also investing in the confidence that your money is in a relatively safe place here.
Wolfsburg’s decision not to hollow out the car’s interior quite to the level of a Mégane Trophy-R makes the Clubsport S an unexpectedly usable car to boot.
By retaining the Golf’s Discover Navigation infotainment system and making climate control a no-cost option (which puts 11kg back into the car’s kerb weight but which you should immediately tick anyway), the S seems homely enough around its heated race seats and semi-slick Michelin tyres.