For all that handling vivaciousness, the Golf R estate is still as easy to drive and live with as any Golf. Despite having slightly stiffer springs at the rear to account for the extra weight (the only alteration to the suspension over the R hatch), the ride on our adaptive-sprung car felt very similar to that of the hatch.
You do get slightly more unforgiving compression and bump-absorption over potholes and the like than you would in a softer version, but it's never tiresome or uncomfortable, and there's unlikely ever to be a moment when you wish you hadn't gone for the R in favour of a more 'everyday' model. You want to get home without fuss? You can do just that.
The only thing that might frustrate some buyers is the lack of a manual gearbox option. The six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox is great in general and mostly spot-on with its responses if you use the paddles, but it can sometimes be a bit slow to respond - especially if you've got the stop-start in action.
There are moments when you want it to change up and it doesn't, so you go for a paddle-pull and the next thing you know you've jumped two ratios unintentionally. It's annoying, if a minor niggle, and the vast majority of Golf R hatch buyers in the UK have gone for the auto despite having a manual available, so it's hardly surprising that VW didn't bother on the estate.
The cabin is identical to that of the Golf R hatch, so you get chunky sports seats which hold you in place, a fairly comprehensive multimedia system (albeit one that doesn't get sat-nav as standard, which seems fairly out of order at this price), some tasteful blue 'R' lighting and badging, and plenty of room for those in the front and back.
Of course, the boot is way more practical. Not only is it much bigger but you also get some neat standard touches including a variable-height boot floor, while the fact that folding the rear seats leaves an uninterrupted, 1.8-metre loadbay means the boot should be up for fairly industrial use.
It's a boot that's actually verging on the same space and usability as that of a Skoda Octavia estate, so you can be sure that this ticks the 'practicality' box.