Following our scoop yesterday, Volkswagen has today taken the covers off one of its sportiest all-rounders: the Golf R Wagon.
Like its hatch sibling, the Golf R Wagon is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged TSI petrol engine developing 221kW (300PS) from 5,500 to 6,200rpm, and 380Nm from 1,800 to 5,500rpm in European spec. Drive is channelled to all four wheels via a standard six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission.
It is capable of rushing from 0-100km/h in just 5.1 seconds – 0.2 seconds slower than the Golf R hatch when equipped with a DSG. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h. Combined Fuel Consumption is a claimed 7.0L/100km, with CO2 emission rated at 163g/km.
The wagon gets a set of sport suspension that are lowered by 20mm, with progressive steering and ‘ESC Sport’ mode that can be fully deactivated all finding their way to the car. Volkswagen’s DCC adaptive chassis control system with driving profile selector is available as an option in certain markets.
The wagon body shape brings 605 litres of luggage capacity with the seats up, and expands to 1,620 litres with the rear seats folded.
The Golf R Estate’s design follows that of the Golf hatchback up to the B-pillars. It is then distinguished and stands apart from the rest of the Estate range thanks to a new R design bumper, a high-gloss black diffuser, four chrome-plated tailpipe trims, so-called ‘aero flaps’ on the D-pillars, cherry-red taillights and LED number plate illumination.
At the front, the Golf R Estate has a R specific bumper with particularly large air inlets, a distinctive radiator grille (with R logo) as well as bi-xenon headlights with integrated daytime running lights. The LED daytime running lights form a distinctive dual ‘U’ design beneath the dual headlights.
R-style body-coloured side sill panels distinguish the Golf Estate range-topper, along with R logos on the front bumpers and matt chrome door mirror caps. Distinctive 18-inch ‘Cadiz’ alloy wheels are unique to R models, while black-painted brake callipers with R logo complete the look. Optional lightweight 19-inch ‘Pretoria’ flow-formed wheels in motorsport design are also available.
Inside the cabin, the Golf R Estate retains the styling cues of its hatchback counterpart, with Alcantara upholstery, R logos on the seats and steering wheel, a high level of standard equipment and blue highlights, for example in the ambient lighting and dash dials.
Volkswagen Australia has yet to confirm if the R Wagon will make it to Australia. However, if it does, expect the engine to be detuned to 206kW/380Nm as per its hatch sibling.