2018 VW Golf R Owners Manual – The Volkswagen Golf understands a mid-cycle upgrade for the 2018 model year. The most noteworthy changes include the discontinuation of this two-door model as well as the access to the new Discover Media navigation infotainment program using 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other updates include revised exterior styling front and rear. All-wheel drive is currently available on the base Golf SportWagen S model.
The compact Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Golf SportWagen slot near the Jetta sedan below the midsize CC and Passat sedans in the automaker’s lineup. The Golf is offered in several versions including hatchback, SportWagen, and increased Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body styles as well as the GTI and Golf R hot hatches, along with the electrical e-Golf.
2018 VW Golf R Overview
The base engine in the Golf lineup is the automaker’s turbocharged 1.8-liter I-4 that makes 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The turbo-four is mated to some five-speed manual or six-speed automatic in the hatchback or a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic in the Golf SportWagen or Golf Alltrack model. Front-drive is regular on the hatchback and SportWagen, while all-wheel-drive is optional on the SportWagen and regular on the Alltrack.
The sporty Volkswagen Golf GTI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 making 220 hp and 258 lb-ft and is mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The prior Performance bundle is now standard and includes VAQ differential and larger brake pads. A DCC adjustable suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.
At the peak of this Golf food chain is your Golf R using a 292-hp version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter, which is mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The DCC adjustable navigation and suspension are optioned together.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available on even the base model. Other regular features include automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, plus a 6.5-inch touchscreen. Optional equipment includes keyless entry/start, 8.0-inch navigation, touchscreen, LED headlights, and more.
2018 VW Golf R Design
The Golf R, like the GTI, is a understated car. But it’s this subtlety that makes the one-piece model so visually appealing. It does not need a large, shouty wing or striking red accents — it is stable in its level of performance without resorting to these crude automotive threat gestures. Its barely angrier fascia, 19-inch wheels, and quad exhaust tips are persuasive enough. Unlike more over-the-top offerings (we’re looking at you, Civic Type R), the Golf R is and also to most onlookers, entirely inoffensive.
The Golf’s cabin is simple, trendy, and covered in high quality materials. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics protect almost every surface within hands reach, though there is conservative use of piano black plastic on the infotainment screen and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. But if we needed to dock the Golf R cabin anywhere, it’d be for its bland design. The new Jetta has the same issue — the materials are great and the design is clean, but it all feels just a bit overly conservative and business-like.
2018 VW Golf R Safety
The Golf SE comes with blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and front assist with pedestrian detection, while the SEL adds adaptive cruise control. Lane keeping help, automatic high beams, parking sensors, and park assist are a part of a bundle.