More everything over its predecessor.
These “hot-hatch” cars are already fairly practical compared to a typical two-door sports coupe, offering usable rear seats, a bit more rear headroom, and of course, more luggage capacity. But what if you need to carry more? Well, that’s when these “hot-estates” come into the picture; you know, the likes of Audi RS 4 Avant. I know, I know, the RS 4 Avant can be a bit expensive, which is why Volkswagen has come up with the cheaper alternative — the Golf R Estate. Pre-sales have already commenced in Europe, with prices in Germany starting at €51,585 (including VAT).
The Golf R Estate carries over all the goodness from the new Golf R and adds some more. The default luggage space of 611 litres can be expanded to 1,642 litres when the rear seat backrest is folded down. The Estate also has an additional 66 mm wheelbase over the hatchback, which should ensure a more comfy rear seat experience. As standard, the Estate rides on 18-inch wheels, however, the optional R Performance package gets you 19-inch ones.
Inside, you get a multifunction sports steering wheel with a dedicated R button, and R-branded premium sports seats at the front with seat centre panels in black-blue fabric. The optional Nappa leather package adds active climate control for the front seats.
The rest of the stuff is the same as the Golf R hot-hatch, including a 2.0-litre (1,984 cc) 4-cylinder TSI motor that offers 235 kW (320 metric hp) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque. A 7-speed DSG drives all four wheels via 4Motion AWD system. The aforementioned optional R Performance package includes additional driving modes Special (Nürburgring mode) and Drift (for power slides), and also enables a top speed of 270 km/h (168 mph). Standard top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 4.9 seconds (0.2 seconds slower than the hatch).