2020 Golf R The Final Edition MK 7.5 R

Volkswagen's Golf R Final Edition $57,990.

2020 Volkswagen Golf R Final Edition, available in factory hand painted custom colours: Victory Blue; Viper Green metallic (recalling the Scirocco R); and Violet Touch Pearlescent.  VW Golf R Edition – Of the 450 special edition Golf R coming to Australia, 150 will be: Victory Blue; Viper Green metallic (last seen in Scirocco R); and Violet Touch Pearlescent.  

These retro colours are painted by hand rather than robot.

Other colours: Pure White; Lapiz Blue Metallic; and Deep Black Pearl Effect, are no cost options.

Standard Golf R hatchbacks can still be had at $55,490.

2020 Volkswagen Golf R Final Edition, available in factory hand painted custom colours: Victory Blue; Viper Green metallic (recalling the Scirocco R); and Violet Touch Pearlescent.

Golf R Final Edition hatchback $57,990

  • 19-inch Black Pretoria alloy wheels
  • Carbon Nappa leather appointed upholstery
  • Gloss Black door mirrors
  • Dynaudio premium audio
  • Dark tinted rear side and rear window glass
  • R Final Edition badge
  • 213kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine
  • 7-speed DQ381 wet-clutch DSG
  • 4MOTION all-wheel drive
  • Heated front seats
  • Electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function
  • LED headlights with Dynamic cornering lights
  • Dynamic Light Assist
  • R Body styling
  • 9.2″ satellite navigation system with gesture control and voice control
  • Dark tinted rear and rear side windows
  • Metallic and Pearl effect paint
  • Exterior mirrors with memory function

Golf R Options

Colour Concept special colour $300
Panoramic electric glass sunroof $1,900

In line with other VW models, Golf R has a five year/unlimited kilometre warranty and the option of service packages.

2020 Volkswagen Golf R Final Edition, available in factory hand painted custom colours: Victory Blue; Viper Green metallic (recalling the Scirocco R); and Violet Touch Pearlescent.

Golf R Cabin:

Inside is an oasis of calmness, even on a track.

Seats are firm , and gently gently hug. There is ample safety to keep things tidy even when you dial up the Dynaudio, and move in to Race Mode.

MK7 has been around for 7 years, and MK 7.5 brough few changes inside. The cabin still feels fairly fresh, with quality materials used throughout. Switches and knobs fall to hand easily, with much now subsumed by the infotainment system.

Most of the surfaces are matte to keep blinding sun out of the eyes of the driver.

For a full list of cabin technology, see the Golf R page at Volkswagen’s website.

2020 Volkswagen Golf R Final Edition, available in factory hand painted custom colours: Victory Blue; Viper Green metallic (recalling the Scirocco R); and Violet Touch Pearlescent.

Golf R Drive:

Golf R has 4motion AWD, and a 7 speed DSG transmission.

City trips are best in Comfort or ECO mode. Race Mode is fun, but lowers some of the protections city traffic demands

You can save you favourite combinations in the “Individual” Mode for further customisation.

Steering makes you feel like your hands attached to the wheels psyichally. There is a sense of power and precision that invites extra confidence.

0-100 is done in 4.8 seconds, and is fun, but chugs the fuel like a drunken sailor.

You might be surprised to hear that a hot hatch, happy at hooning around the Nürburgring, is just as happy on the annual roadtrip. Golf R is a grand tourer.

It is just as happy in a Coles carpark, and in city traffic, so, it is also a city car.

It is near perfect. OK, it isn’t luxurious like a BMW, or as eye-catching as a McLaren. It lacks the visceral vibrations of a Mustang, or the outright speed of a Ludicrous+ Tesla.

However, it does one thing none of those others can, its driver can live with it daily. It’s cheaper than the cheapest Beemer, easier to get in to than a McLaren, safer than a Mustang, and doesn’t need charging like a Tesla.

Golf R gives its chuffed owner bragging rights, which he or she will never use. Why? If a Golf R owner wants an opinion, there are only too happy to provide it themselves.

2020 Volkswagen Golf R Final Edition, available in factory hand painted custom colours: Victory Blue; Viper Green metallic (recalling the Scirocco R); and Violet Touch Pearlescent.

Conclusion:

Golf R feeds your soul

Unlike other hot hatches and super hatches, the suspension rearrange vital organs, yet, looks the part, in an understated kind of way.

Golf R doesn’t shout look at me, but it definitely stands in a mirror flexing its biceps while taking selfies.

  • Price: $57,990
  • Engine: 2.0L turbo
  • Power: 213kW/380Nm
  • 0-100kph: 4.8/ 380Nm
  • Fuel econ: 7.2 L/100km

More VW Stories

 

 

About Alan Zurvas 80 Articles
Alan’s interest in cars began in his early teens and has been a member of several car clubs having owned a number of classic cars himself. He has a background in the corporate sector and has reviewed everything from restaurants to theatre and accommodation before settling on motoring. Alan is the founder of Gay Car Boys and is a contributor to AnyAuto