The Golf R is now an unambiguously expensive car, although the entire class has upped its asking price of late. The Audi S3, BMW M135i xDrive and Mercedes-AMG A35 are all knocking on the door of £40k, even if none gets quite as close as the VW.
You could argue the Golf justifies itself with more power than any of the others, and with its generous standard equipment. Matrix LED headlights and three-zone climate control are just two features you don’t pay extra for, and as for the uplift in price compared with the Mk7 Golf R, there’s the new R-Performance Torque Vectoring, which gives the car a dynamic edge over its rivals. But for the DCC dampers, fairly priced at around £800, the Golf R is ready to go straight out of the box.
As for fuel economy, the Golf R is one of those cars that will return whatever you want it to return. Our test car recorded a touring figure of 43.9mpg, for an outright range. of almost 500 miles. That isn’t to be sniffed at in a car that can comfortably carry four and dispatch 60mph in under 4.5sec, although get greedy and you’ll see nearer 20mpg.