Published On: Thu, Dec 7th, 2017
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2017 Volkswagen Golf R In-Depth Review: The Adult-Approved Hot Hatch

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The Golf R is a multi-time 10Best Cars winner, along with the rest of the Golf family. However, this rapid yet eminently livable hatchback can be eclipsed by the fast and furious facades of the Honda Civic Type R and the Ford Focus RS. The hot VW’s lesser sibling, the Golf GTI, also represents a stronger performance value for those less concerned with maximum thrust. But the R remains the pinnacle of the Golf lineup, a distinction it flexes with a 292-hp turbocharged inline-four, 4Motion all-wheel drive, and impressive levels of refinement—as well as the choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is the high-powered hatchback that can slip under the radar, a seriously capable sport-compact car well suited to the toils of adult life.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf R In-Depth Review: The Adult-Approved Hot Hatch