Hot hatches still are a highly demanded product. They are beautiful designed and faster than we all think. Hot hatchbacks’ priorities are agility and handling, even above speed. The new 2016 Volkswagen Golf R is a proof of all that.
The German maker has taken the R32 version of its Golf model and renewed it, improving specs and design in order to get the maximum performance possible. This 2016 hot hatch features a stylish design, characterized by Golf’s aggressive stand.
Let’s review some of the main features of the 2016 Golf R.
Engine and Technical Features
The 2016 Golf R packs an intercooled turbocharged 2 L inline-4. This little piece of German engineering can produce 292 hp at 5400 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque at 1800 rpm. The entire engine was redesigned for this new Golf, making it more powerful, agile and efficient.
This model has a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h) and goes from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 53 seconds for the standard version and 4.9 seconds for the DSG gearbox setup. It also features a 6-speed manual transmission standard and a six-speed dual clutch DSG gearbox as an extra option. The drive setup will be 4MOTION all-wheel-drive, which distribute the power between all wheels in a smart way to maximize performance.
With the DGS configuration, the Gold R becomes a full second quicker than the popular and critically-acclaimed Ford Focus ST. The new 2016 Golf R has a strut-type front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension, greatly improving handling and driving experience.
Talking about driving experience, there is a Driving Profile Selector system that comes with three programs for driving behavior, which includes a “Race” mode. This mode pushes the car even further and make it agiler, adapting suspension and torque distribution through road analysis.
Redesigned and Stylish Version
The new design of the “R” brand is more aggressive and modern, making, for instance, larger air intakes on the bumper, in order to enhance the engine cooling process. Like most of the modern vehicles announced lately, the 2016 Golf R comes with big improvements in lighting, making LED the most commonly used instrument.
From the outside, we see that the 2016 Golf R will feature 18-inch aluminum rims, vent discs and black, sexy calipers with the signature “R” on them. In this matter, ABS System will be present at the four wheels as expected.
Being a truly compact, high-performance vehicle, the 2016 Golf R has a base curb weight of 2901 lb (948 kg), making it really lightweight. This is one of the most important features of the new Golf, which allowed Volkswagen to tune up the hot hatch far beyond expectations.
The interior is beautiful and well designed, with no major changes from past versions of the Golf. The “R” logo is often found on the inside, mainly on the modernized instruments. A blue, vibrant light is almost omnipresent in all the instruments, starting with his stylish tachometer. The specialist had stated that they are very impressed by the size of the cockpit and the right location of all the interior elements because it feels very spacious for its real size.
The steering wheel maintains all the necessary controls to never putting a hand of it. As everyone expects from Volkswagen, the interior is highly comfortable and comes with all the luxuries. We find front seats upholstered with light or dark Nappa leather.
The Bottom Line
Volkswagen is actually at the eye of the storm. Their most last scandal has damaged big time the company reputation. But we aren’t here to talk about that. The 2016 Golf R is a great hot hatch with some of the best specs and features of the market.
The main downside exposed by the media it’s the high price, maybe caused by its top-quality interior. It has a price tag of US$36.595 with basic specs. The price goes up to US$39.090 if the user wants to add DCC dynamic chassis control and the navigation system.