What are the VW Golf R and Tiguan R like inside?
Digital displays are the name of the game for both of these vehicles. There’s a 9.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, coupled with a digital driver’s screen that can be configured in a variety of ways.
Twin USB ports are packed ahead of the wireless phone charger up front, with another pair down back for rear-seat passengers.
R logos adorn most surfaces, from the front seats to the facia. Tiguan R product manager Glenn Reid says he counted more than 20 “R” insignias. Talk about branding …
The cloth seats on the Golf R are welcomingly supportive: as good as leather looks, it doesn’t hold the body in place as well during high-speed cornering.
The Tiguan R’s front pews are just as supportive. Yours truly survived a trip from Sydney to Melbourne with only a hint of “numb bum” as the SUV entered the Western Ring Road.
Rear seat space in the Golf and Tiguan is more than amenable for adults. The Golf’s cargo capacity is 395 litres; the Tiguan boasts 615.
The Golf R wagon cedes four litres to the Tiguan in outright capacity but for items like golf clubs and mountain bikes its extra 40 mm of length makes it the pick of this trio.
What’s under the bonnet of the VW Golf R and Tiguan R?
VW’s proven EA888 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine features on both these vehicles. Outputs for the Golf R and Tiguan R are 235kW and 400Nm.
The Golf R wagon delivers an extra 20Nm of torque. It is the only one of this trio fitted with a petrol particulate filter. Given the quality of Australian fuel, that’s a welcome addition that should keep the fuel injectors cleaner for longer.
Performance figures are officially stated at 4.8 seconds for the Golf R hatch, 4.9 seconds for the wagon and 5.1 seconds for the Tiguan R.
Seat-of-the-pants experience indicates that’s achievable, particularly as all three have an easy-to-operate launch control.
Using it on public roads isn’t advisable, though the fact the all-wheel-drive layout doesn’t spin the wheels on take-off should ensure it won’t fall afoul of Victoria’s hoon legislation.
Are the Volkswagen Golf R and Tiguan R efficient?
No one expects a performance car to perform in the economy stakes. It’s like expecting a thoroughbred horse to run well while eating grass.
In the case of the VW Golf R, fuel use is stated at 7.8 litres/100km for the hatch and 7.4 litres for the (heavier) wagon on the combined cycle. Around town those figures climb to 10.1 litres and 9.4 litres respectively.
The Tiguan R uses a claimed 8.8 litres/100km with a mix of city and freeway driving, or 11.1 litres in urban situations.
All of these vehicles are recommended to run on 98 RON fuel. Hang on to your wallet.