2016 Golf 7 R Variant
Yes, it’s a wagon. And let me get this straight: I am not a fan of wagons at all. They weigh more and most of the times (like only except for Audis) they look way worse compared to their sedan counter-part. The Golf R Variant is no exception to that. The longer body doesn’t fit the short bonnet, which was obviously designed for hatchback proportions. So you may ask, why the Variant? I had the choice between a Golf 7 GTI Performance and Golf 7 R Variant. 300 metric horses and AWD won the argument at the end.
Now almost a year has past since I went for the R as my daily, and I am very glad I did. It just brings a smile to my face every time I stomp my foot on the gas in the first and second gear and being slingshot out of corners by the AWD. The 245PS of the new Golf GTI Performance would be easily enough for me, but I can’t see my self going back to FWD. Only if I really had no choice. The GTI struggles to get the power down in the first two gears even in dry conditions. But what surprised me the most with the R was that there was little understeer, and the Haldex AWD would send more power to the rear under hard acceleration, in what results in slight oversteer when you fire out of 2nd gear corners! As probably many of you know engine-wise the R features a 2.0l Inline 4 Turbo producing 300 metric HP and 380NM of Torque, while the cabin noise is assisted with some inline 5 sound fakery, which sounds pretty okay for a 4 pot, the exhaust it is pretty loud from the outside under full-throttle.
Reliability wise I had no issues for the 34,000km I have driven the car, and got an average of 11.5L/100km over the one year period. Which may sound like a lot, but I give it the full beans every time I get the chance to.
Now at the end I even got used to the looks and the bigger trunk, and must admit it came very handy a couple of times.
Some Autobahn action:
The Price for that:
Some slightly annoying bits:
- Being used to some more economical cars, I have to admit going to the gas station every 400km can be annoying.
- The R Variant has fake inner exhaust tips: