Volkswagen will add versatility to the Golf lineup with the Golf R Estate, which goes on sale later this year. It is powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as the Volkswagen Golf R hatchback, producing the same 316bhp. and 420 Nm of torque.
Power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and VW’s latest 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. The Golf R Estate accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds, also aided by Launch Control.
Due to the larger universal body, which weighs 79 kg more than the five-door Golf R, at 1630 kg, this is two tenths of a second less. The top speed is 250 km / h, but buyers can opt for the R Performance package, which increases it to 270 km / h.
The Golf R Estate’s chassis has been redesigned with 10% more spring rates than its predecessor, and the suspension dampers have been adjusted to reflect this change.
There are six driving profiles to choose from, which control powertrain response, steering effort, AWD and ESC settings, plus optional adaptive dampers if fitted.
As with the R hatchback, the choice of the optional R Performance package also adds a ‘special’ profile that has been refined at the Nurburgring. There is also a “drift” mode, in which up to 100% of the torque transmitted to the rear axle is directed to the outer rear wheel, which allows the car to drift.
The main feature of any “shed” is the luggage compartment, and this new Golf R offers 611 liters of cargo space, which increases to 1642 liters with the rear seats folded down. The maximum towing weight is 1900 kg. The R station wagon is 349 mm longer than its predecessor, which also increases passenger legroom.
Pricing for the new Golf R Estate has yet to be announced. The vehicle will be available in the UK from August this year.