The 2022 Volkswagen Golf R returns after a three-year hiatus with more power and performance characteristics than its predecessor. The redesigned Golf R hatchback’s new turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive system is a joy to drive.
Although the 2022 Golf R and the less expensive GTI returned to the U.S. with flair, the regular Golf hatchback will not be coming to these shores.
Models/Price: Priced at $44,185, the base Golf R comes fully loaded in a standard six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for $44,890 MSRP.
Both models have a full suite of driver assistance and safety features, including adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving, lane-keeping assist, forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring.
The 2022 Golf R has premium quality interior features that include the latest technology and conveniences, including a 10.2-inch display, sports seats, Napa leather, carbon-like trim, stainless-steel pedals, and ambient lighting with 30 colors.
Underneath its conventional-looking exterior is sporty features that contribute to its smooth handling and power, including four chrome exhaust outlets, side skirts, a rear spoiler, cross-drilled front brake rotors, and 19-inch wheels.
Power: The 2022 Golf R is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that generates 315 horsepower at 310 lb-ft of torque versus the 288 horses in the previous model.
Controlled cornering and maneuvering have been improved by an advanced 4Motion all-wheel-drive system featuring a rear differential, which transfers torque between the right and left rear wheels for better handling. An R button on the steering wheel activates various drive modes: Comfort, Individual, Drift, Special, Sport, or Race. Comfort was my choice in dense traffic, while Sport worked best in highway situations.
Fuel Economy: EPA fuel ratings for the Golf R automatic is 23 city/30 highway mpg, while the manual transmission averages less at 20 city/28 highway mpg.
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