Volkswagen Golf R

In published reviews,
critics awarded this
vehicle an average
overall score of:

87
Priced From $33,990
MPG 23.0
Styles Reviewed
HatchbackHatchback

MotorWeek

04/28/12
2012-04-28
88
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Staff Review MotorWeek 7.2 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback

While the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R may be the most powerful Golf ever offered here in the States, it’s not the additional power that makes it a winner in our book. It’s the sweet handling and overall fun factor that reminds us of the original GTI.

DriverSide.com

07/09/12
2012-07-09
88
100

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Josh Sadlier Josh Sadlier 7.1 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback

Forget that the Golf R is a Volkswagen for a moment, and ask yourself where else you can find all-wheel drive, athletic handling, world-class brakes, sprightly acceleration, restrained styling, and an upscale interior, all for $33,990 to start.

Winding Road

04/06/12
2012-04-06
88
100

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Tom Martin Tom Martin Score Pending 2012 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback

Think about the Golf R as the ultimate GTI. If a stealthy balance of pace, AWD, practicality, and conservative design—minus a flashy brand name—is the package you’re looking for, VW has built your car.

Wheels.ca

03/16/12
2012-03-16
88
100

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John LeBlanc John LeBlanc Score Pending 2012 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback

The Golf R definitely delivers on its promise as the Ultimate Golf. It amps up the GTI’s driving characteristics considerably, and offers the extra control that only all-wheel drive can bring in wintry driving conditions. And, fully-equipped as it is, I’d call it a bargain as well.

AutoBlog.com

05/10/12
2012-05-10
87
100

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Michael Harley Michael Harley 6.7 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback
In the big picture, this range-topping sporty hatchback is nothing but a thrill to drive. Look past the Golf R’s small performance deficiencies, swallow the discomforting sticker price and write the fat check. You will thank us later.

USA Today

05/12/12
2012-05-12
86
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback

The 2012 Volkswagen R is an extraordinary small car. It’s a superb driving machine, almost unbelievably satisfying in most circumstances. And it’s remarkably expensive.

Edmunds.com

04/19/12
2012-04-19
85
100

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Staff Review Edmunds.com 7.8 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback

It’s pricey, but the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R offers a very appealing mix of performance, utility and rarity.

Cars.com

07/17/12
2012-07-17
85
100

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David Thomas David Thomas 8.6 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf R certainly packs performance, but I’m not sure if the packaging or price make much sense outside a very small niche of shoppers.

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