Volkswagen Golf Variant R test: A family to run on circuit?
After testing the Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Golf Variant Alltrack GTD, it's turn to make the most of Volkswagen Golf Variant R. To squeeze 300 hp They are hiding under the hood of this specification familiar body with R, Volkswagen suggested we go to the Ascari circuit, a plan that besides draw us a smile, allowed us to analyze in detail the development of this sport for the whole family. A different recipe to what we are used to imagine when we talk about 300hp ... How the Volkswagen Golf Variant R behaved in the Ascari circuit?
A priori, when we speak of a familiar body derived from a compact car like the Volkswagen Golf, the last thing you stop to think about is the possibility of getting a specification of no less than 300 hp, but combine up to 1,620 liters of luggage with a pair of 380 Nm and a power of 300 CV can become a formula very, very, interesting. Volkswagen has decided to jump into the pool and put on the market Volkswagen Golf Variant R from 44,780 €, a gamble that seeks to make a vehicle for the whole family a sport capable of scoring quick little that you set your mind back. Not just talking about a cosmetic kit and engine tuning, but a finish that improves the entire chassis and placed in the engine compartment to propelled 2.0 TSI 300 hp associated with the Automatic DSG 6 relationships and AWD system 4Motion®.
Regarding the Volkswagen Golf R in its body of three or five-door body Variant maintains the same aesthetic elements that define this finish. The changes focus on its rear with a sportier bumpers designed to shelter the four tailpipes, chrome bars and roof spoiler on the glass to identify that this is a Golf Variant R. Aesthetically find a sports hue, but the sobriety of the Volkswagen models continues in this body.
Inside the changes they are also limited to sconces console and doors where the finish is combined in black lacquered aluminum and an inspiration racing. The details that confirm that this is a high performance version are minimal, such as instrumentation with new blue hue, the logo "R" present in the lower arm of the steering wheel and sports seats with inscription R. Sobriety mark the keynote, while maintaining the elegance of the whole, although greater differentiation throwing at fault for a variant like this talking about nothing less than 300 hp.
Volkswagen configured with this specification R adaptive suspension and ability to select different driving modes, tared ESP, response powertrain and steering response. The recipe proposal is outstanding in performance, though no doubt is the drive 300 hp 2.0 TSI which shines above the whole. Work wheel drive system 4MOTION and DSG is impeccable for the bulk of situations, even when demand maximum track, it is best off all aid to not see you penalized for corrections of an electronic . There is a Sport mode for ESP, but with a 4MOTION system works quite well, it helps the brakes are excessive.
Perhaps there is a customer that the system 4MOTION not entirely convince you, looking for the alternative in a system of permanent all-wheel drive with center differential mechanical or controlled type. It is not usual, is that consumption to the advantage offered by the rear disconnectable and the good performance shown, it will only miss them better traction for very specific cases.
At the product level, the Volkswagen Golf Variant R is a vehicle that has very few competitors, for only the Seat Leon Cupra ST can destaparse as a rival to be considered by approach and a price from 33,870 €. Still, the Seat Leon Cupra ST defends a different position with a more aggressive look, 280 hp, only two-wheel drive and, yes, possibility to install a manual gearbox. The Volkswagen Golf Variant R starts at 44,780 €, but raises the bar up to 300 hp and installs standard all-wheel drive and automatic transmission DSG. It's a different family, but a family to think about it.
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