What’s the VW Golf R wagon like inside?
Step inside the Golf R wagon and there’s a lot to like. The seats are covered in leather and the front pair are power-operated, heated and ventilated.
The ambient lighting display has 30 colours to choose from and there are a pair of USB-C ports front and rear.
One of the highlights is the configurable 10.25-inch digital driver’s display. The resolution is sharp enough to impress gamers and the speedo and tacho location can be adjusted through a variety of modes.
The 10.0-inch infotainment display is just as crisp but will take time to learn where all the various settings reside in the extensive menus. Smart owners will map their most-used features onto the customisable home screen.
Space in the back is good, if not expansive and rear occupants have their own climate control settings.
Farther back, the boot is presumably the reason buyers paid a $3,000 premium over the Golf R hatch.
It is a cavernous receptacle with 1642 litres of available space when the rear seats are down. If you are carrying a full complement of passengers, there’s still 611 litres of luggage-loading room in the wagon’s default mode.
A cargo blind helps hide the contents from prying eyes when the wagon is parked.
What’s under the VW Golf R wagon’s bonnet?
The turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine is ostensibly the same as that found in the hatch, but the wagon uses a petrol particulate filter and consequently earns an extra 20Nm.
Outputs of 235kW and 420Nm are sent to all four wheels using a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and there’s a smart torque-vectoring rear differential that, depending on driving mode, can transfer all that torque to the back wheels.
Volkswagen quotes a (conservative) time to 100km/h of 4.9 seconds.
Is the VW Golf R wagon efficient?
Because of the aforementioned petrol particulate filter, the Golf R wagon doesn’t just have more power than the hatch, it also uses less fuel (go figure).
Claimed combined fuel consumption is 7.4 litres over 100km (down by 0.4 of a litre on the hatch), while urban driving will see fuel use climb to 9.2 litres/100km. We saw 8.3 litres during our time in the car, with the bulk of driving spent in the suburbs.