New 2017 Volkswagen Golf R Release Date, Specs & Info

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Review

With an all-wheel drive and more power to spare, the new 2017 Volkswagen Golf R is a premium version over the regular GTI. Performance-oriented buyers will find it a compelling package. Some of the highlights it comes with include an impressive performance, a standard all-wheel drive system, admirable fuel economy ratings, a generous cargo capacity, an upscale interior, and a civilized ride quality. The Volkswagen Gold R 2017 release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017. 

2017 Volkswagen Golf R exterior, side angle, alloy wheels

For those fond of the regular Volkswagen GTI, the Golf R price premium may sound preposterous. After all, both feature a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine beneath their hoods. It takes a long and hard look for one to notice any discerning differences between the two. However, take for instance the Audi S3, which happens to be far pricier and offers virtually the same features as the Golf R. That’s when reality knocks in and suddenly you realize the vehicle under review might actually be a bargain after all.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R blue color, rear angle

Okay, “bargain” might be an overstatement. Moving on, the Golf R hot hatch comes equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that can send 292 horsepower and 280 lbs. ft. of torque to all the four wheels via the standard six-speed manual or the optional six-speed automated manual.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R front view, graille and headlights

The Volkswagen Golf R interior as always reeks of a comfortable aura. The cabin is fitted with a myriad of technologies than you need. The material quality is upscale, as are the designs especially considering this hot hatch will set you back by around a MSRP starting from around $34,000.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf R rear view, tailpipe and taillights

Granted, there’re a significant chunk of people who’ll feel the Golf R costs way too much than its real value. They’ll try to convince you that the latest Mustang costs less. They’ll also say the Chevrolet SS offers much better than the Golf R and is competitively priced. Other rivals include the Ford Focus RS, BMW 2 Series, and the Mini Cooper Hardtop John Cooper Works.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Redesigns on Interior & Exterior

Some of the standard accessories available for the Golf R include LED taillights and daytime running lights, R-specific interior styling flourishes, keyless entry and ignition, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, automatic xenon headlights, leather upholstery, a partial power passenger seat, a 6.5” touchscreen display, satellite radio, cruise control, automatic wipers, ambient lighting, a USB port, voice controls, Bluetooth connectivity, an SD card reader, a color trip computer, a split-folding rear seat, a ten-way power-adjustable driver seat, selectable drive modes, heated mirrors, a rear spoiler, heated front sport seats, and a CD player.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R dashboard, lcd screen, gear shift knob and steering wheel

Opting for the optional DCC and Navigation package offers you a Fender audio system, a navigation system, adaptive suspension dampers, and nineteen-inch wheels. The Driver Assistance package offers front and rear parking sensors, a blind-spot monitor, a forward collision mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R gear shift knob, leather seats and steering wheel

Exterior Volkswagen Golf R colors: Lapiz Blue Metallic, Deep Black Pearl, Oryx White Pearl, Limestone Grey Metallic, and Tornado Red. Modest changes can be expected on its release date.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R grille, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Engine Specs

Beneath the hood of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R is a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 292 horsepower and 280 lbs. ft. of torque. Transmission pairing is via either the default traditional six-speed manual or the six-speed automated manual.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf R engine

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R 0-60 mph with the DSG stands at 4.5 seconds.

According to EPA projections, the manual-equipped models should be enable to check in at 22/31/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 23/30/25 mpg with the DSG.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R engine view

Some of the standard safety technologies include driver-knee airbag, automatic hill hold, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, remote vehicle access, automatic crash notification, geo-fencing, roadside assistance, and stolen vehicle location. Additional driver aides can be specified with the Driver Assistance package discussed above.


Wheelbase: 8 ft. 7.5 in. (103.5 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 0.4 in. (168.4 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.8 in. (70.8 in.)
Passenger volume: 93 ft³
Cargo volume: 22.8 ft³
Curb weight: 3329 lbs
Top Speed: 150 mph
0-60: 4.5 sec
MPG: 22/31 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Lapiz Blue Metallic, Deep Black Pearl, Oryx White Pearl, Limestone Grey Metallic, and Tornado Red
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Release Date & Price

2017 Volkswagen Golf R release date

According to various rumors, as Volkswagen is yet to make specific details known, the Golf R should be expected to go for sale sometime in the first half of 2017 as a 2017 year model. Pricing is yet to be announced but we expect the base R hatchback to cost $35,650. The Golf SportWagen review is covered elsewhere.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf R front angle, blue color, grille

2017 Volkswagen Golf R exterior, alloy wheels and taillights

2017 Volkswagen Golf R side view, red color

2017 Volkswagen Golf R exterior

2017 Volkswagen Golf R trunk

2017 Volkswagen Golf R interior, back seats

2017 Volkswagen Golf R interior, steering wheel

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