Following the recent facelift of the Volkswagen Golf for 2017, the Wolfsburg-based auto giant also updated the Golf R just in time for the New Year.
Beginning with its exterior, the Golf R receives the same aesthetic updates from the standard hatchback. Up front, the lower chrome strip on the front grill now extends towards the redesigned LED headlights which makes for a sharper look. The front bumper has been tweaked as well and gets black accents on the lower side air intakes and middle section. It is then topped with new LED taillights that provide better illumination.
For in-car entertainment and amenities, high-spec models can be fitted with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, along with a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment that comes with voice-command. The Discover Pro system, on the other hand, allows for hand gesture control.
At the heart of the Golf R is an uprated 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that now puts out 314 PS and 400 Nm of torque. Compared to the pre-facelift model, the 2017 Golf R packs 14 PS more, along with 20Nm more pulling power. Power is then routed to all four wheels via an all-wheel-drive system. 0 – 100 km/h comes in at a quick 4.6 seconds.
Apart from the updated Golf R, Volkswagen also introduced a new economy model in the form of the 2017 Golf 1.0 TSI. It puts out 86 PS thanks to an efficient turbocharged, direct-injection powertrain. The automaker also claimed it has an average fuel consumption of 20.8 km/l. There will also be a 2.0 TDI 4Motion model that will produce 150 PS.
Both the Golf R and the new Golf 1.0 TSI can be specified either as a hatchback or as a wagon.