2021 VW Golf R Estate: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
August 19, 2020

A prototype for the new VW Golf R Estate has been spotted testing before this high-performance family car makes its public debut in 2021.

  • New VW Golf R Estate spotted
  • Test car fitted with Alltrack trim
  • Will get 2.0-litre turbo engine
  • Expected to produce 310hp
  • Four-wheel drive
  • DSG automatic gearbox
  • 0-60 in around 4.7 seconds
  • Due in 2021
This Golf R Estate prototype wears a body kit borrowed from the upcoming Alltrack Estate.

2021 VW Golf R Estate design

Rather than disguise the new VW Golf R Estate’s body with an eye-popping camouflage wrap, VW has chosen to fit it with the chunky body kit from the upcoming Alltrack Estate – a jacked-up version of the standard Golf.

Expect the finished Golf R Estate to have a more aggressive rear bumper than this prototype.

The lowered suspension is a dead giveaway that we’re looking at the new Golf R Estate, however. As are the four exhaust pipes peeking out from beneath the rear bumper.

The new Golf R Estate will have the same front bumper as this Golf R prototype.

We’ve already seen undisguised prototypes of the upcoming Golf R being tested, and these give us a good idea what to expect front he new Estate. Large intakes will pepper the front bumper and ground-hugging side-skirts will be present on each side.

Blue brake callipers hint that this is no ordinary VW Golf Estate. 

2021 VW Golf R Estate engines and driving

The new VW Golf R Estate will come with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that it’ll share with the recently revealed Audi S3. In the S3, this engine produces 310hp and 400Nm of torque. That’s 10hp more than the old Golf R Estate managed, and exactly the same amount of torque.

Expect the new Golf R Estate to have around 310hp and 400Nm of torque. 

Just like the outgoing Golf R Estate, the new model will come with four-wheel drive to help it make quick getaways. Expect it to manage the 0-60 sprint in around 4.7 seconds – the same as the outgoing car. Every Golf R Estate is expected to come with a seven-speed DGS automatic gearbox as standard.

This shot of a standard Golf R prototype shows us what the new Estate’s interior will look like. 

2021 VW Golf R Estate interior

Spyshots of the standard VW Golf R being tested show us what to expect from the upcoming Golf R Estate’s cabin. The minimalist, button-free dashboard, pared-back centre console and two large digital displays are carried over from the standard VW Golf, but the more supportive sports seats are exclusive to the upcoming R model.

The new VW Golf R Estate’s boot is expected to be just as roomy as the 600-litre boot in the standard Golf Estate. So there’ll be more than enough space for a family’s luggage for a weekend away.

The finished Golf R Estate probably won’t appear until 2021. 

2021 VW Golf R Estate price and release date

The new VW Golf R isn’t expected to be officially revealed until 2021 and you’ll probably have to wait until later that year to be able to buy one. Entry-level cars will likely cost in the region of £35,000.

If you can’t wait for this new model to go on sale, check out our VW Golf R review for full details on the outgoing hatchback.