Volkswagen reveals new Golf R Estate


German automaker Volkswagen reveals a new variant of the Golf Estate that promises “more power, more driving dynamics, more emotions, and more space.”

In a recent press release, VW said that the station wagon will now don the “R” badge, reserved only for the brand’s high-performance vehicles.

One of the updates the Golf Estate receives is a souped-up engine that now generates 315hp and 420Nm of torque, making it the most powerful and dynamic Golf Estate to date. The 2.0 TSI engine is mated to an R-specific seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The powertrain setup allows the Golf R Estate to speed from zero to 100kph in just 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 250kph.

“The Golf R Estate is the perfect combination of a compact Golf R and an estate. Sportiness, performance, and emotions meet space, versatility, and innovation,” says VW Head of R Business Unit Sven Smeets.

Other notable upgrades include a slew of R-specific elements such as an R insignia, a front bumper with splitter and side wings, an R-specific rear bumper with a diffuser painted in high gloss black, and R-spec sports exhausts.

VW says that the Golf R Estate will come in three unique colors: Lapiz Blue Metallic, Pure White, and Deep Black Pearl Effect.

Inside the cabin, the Golf R Estate gets the R-treatment as well with a new multifunction sports leather steering wheel and premium sports seats at the front, integrated head restraints sporting blue R logos, black and blue seat center panels, and seat cushion bolsters made of ArtVelours microfleece (in Flint Grey).

An optional Nappa leather package can also be ordered said VW. It includes active climate control for the front seats and, inside the doors, and carbon-look elements with blue accents.

In addition, the Golf R Estate is equipped with the newly developed 4Motion all-wheel-drive and R Performance Torque Vectoring with selective wheel torque control. The all-wheel-drive system is also linked to the Vehicle Dynamics Manager where it runs with other gear systems such as the electronic differential locks (XDS) and adaptive chassis control DCC.

Four driving modes are made standard which includes Comfort, Sport, Race, and Individual.

VW also introduces two new driving profiles to the Golf R Estate: Special and Drift via the optional R Performance package. In Special, the Golf R Estate adjusts its configurations for track-focused driving while in Drift, the station wagon creates more enjoyable and safer drifting dynamics.

It’s still a station wagon through and through. Customers in the European car market can still enjoy the Golf R Estate’s spacious cabin and generous luggage compartment. It will also feature an optional ball coupling that can accommodate a maximum trailer weight of up to 1.9 tons and a drawbar load of 80kg.


The new Golf R Estate, which also features the Digital Cockpit Pro and the new MIB3 infotainment system, is now available in Germany and Europe. Prices start at €51,585.

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