Volkswagen Golf R Review

A hot hatch for the modern age, the VW Golf R brings adrenaline-pumping power and world-class technology to the streets of Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Harrisburg.

Available at Faulkner Volkswagen, this sporty hatchback builds upon a rock-solid legacy of German engineering. From its high-performing turbocharger to its well-connected cabin, it’s no wonder the VW Golf R continues to outpace the competition.

Ready to dig deeper? Continue reading our insightful review before stepping behind the wheel today!

VW Golf R: 0-60 MPH in Under Five Seconds

We won’t beat around the bush: The 2019 VW Golf R is downright speedy. Equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, it’s capable of cranking out an impressive 288 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.

Light on its feet while remaining firmly rooted to the ground, the VW Golf R also employs 4Motion® all-wheel drive and DCC® adaptive chassis control. Offering three settings, it automatically adjusts damping force to each individual tire to maintain a smooth ride.

When not tearing down the straightaway, the vehicle’s 7-speed DSG® automatic transmission makes it possible to go from top speed to cruising altitude without skipping a beat. Despite its serious level of rev, this hot hatch earns an EPA-estimated 21/29/24 city/highway/combined MPG.*

So, go ahead. Take the long way back home.

Volkswagen Golf R: Settle in & Enjoy the Ride

Not content with just being fast, the VW Golf R takes inspiration from its sporty engine to create a cabin to match.

Outfitted with carbon fiber accents and blue illuminated scuff plates, this hatch looks and feels completely modern. Step behind the wheel, and you’ll immediately feel the embrace of the 12-way power-adjustable Top Sport seats with R design leather seating surfaces.

No matter where you’re seated inside, you’ll enjoy plenty of headroom and legroom to stretch out over the long road ahead:



Total Passengers



38.4 inches/38.1 inches (front/rear)


41.2 inches/35.6 inches (front/rear)

Cargo Volume

22.8 cubic feet

VW Golf R: Technology at the Speed of Life

The traditional instrument panel is over. In its place, the VW Golf R features a Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. Fully customizable, it can supply everything from real-time diagnostics to turn-by-turn navigation.

To keep you connected to all your favorite music and online services, the vehicle adds an 8-inch touchscreen. Using Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect, you can quickly pair your smartphone to the car’s convenient interface.

Want to stream your favorite playlist at the upcoming tailgate? Perhaps you need a few suggestions on the best local taco spots? Need to send a quick message without pulling over? Using the built-in Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, you can accomplish these tasks and more!

Additional technologies you’ll find inside the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R include:

  • Fender® Premium Audio System
  • Bluetooth® with audio streaming
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane Keeping System
  • Rear Traffic Alert

Schedule a Test Drive Today

Ready to take things up a notch? The team at Faulkner Volkswagen is here to help you get behind the wheel of a new VW Golf R.

Stop by our convenient location or go online to schedule a personalized experience with one of our friendly consultants.


*Based on EPA estimates. See for details. Your mileage will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

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