The Volkswagen Golf has impressed yet again in its MK7 incarnation which is commendable considering that its predecessor was such a complete machine. The GTI model again reaffirms this “peoples car” as a real contender in the hot-hatch arena, but these days VW can offer you something a little more spicy than the GTI. Enter the MK7 Golf R.
Let us not beat around the bush here… This car sends all 296BHP and 280lb ft of torque to all four wheels allowing for a 0-62MPH time of just 5.3 seconds in the manual model. What is even more impressive is that this Golf can do the very same in 4.9 seconds if you tick the automatic option. That is serious sports car territory! The best thing about this new MK7 VW Golf R? The fact that you can have all of this performance from its 2.0 litre turbocharged engine and at the end of the day it is still a VW Golf, meaning it is still capable of taking the kids to school, fitting the shopping in the boot and being reliable on long journeys.