2020 VW Golf R price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
February 27, 2020

The new Volkswagen Golf R will be offered as a performance model with more than 330hp. Find out everything you need to know about the fastest Golf to go on sale, below

Here are the top 10 things you need to know about the new 2020 VW Golf R:

  • Based on the new Mk8 Golf
  • Aggressive new styling
  • Will retain four-wheel drive
  • 2.0-litre turbocharged engine
  • Expected to produce 333hp
  • 0-62mph in less than 4.7 seconds
  • Set to appear after GTI model
  • Likely to cost from £40,000
  • Should share parts with new S3
  • Expected in late 2020

Read on for everything we know so far about the VW Golf R and click on the video below to watch our in-depth review of the outgoing VW Golf R. 

2020 Volkswagen Golf R price and release date

The Volkswagen Golf R is expected to make its debut later in 2020, following VW’s recent launch of the Golf GTI, GTD and GTE hybrid. The range-topping R should follow the Audi S3 – with which it’ll share plenty of components – into showrooms in the second half of 2020. You can expect entry-level VW Golf Rs to cost from close to £40,000. 

Our exclusive render shows what the new VW Golf R is expected to look like.

2020 Volkswagen Golf R design

The outgoing VW Golf R hid its performance light under a pretty dense bush. Were it not for the four large exhaust tips, you’d be hard-pushed to tell it apart from a hum-drum R-Line Golf. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. It may have played second-fiddle to the likes of the wild and wacky Honda Civic Type R in the head-turning stakes, but its subtle looks made the old VW Golf R the perfect understated hot hatch for those who prefer to fly under the radar. 

The new VW Golf R – previewed by our exclusive render, above – should stick to this successful recipe. It’ll be aggressive, but in a more sensible, mature fashion than most lairy hot hatches. There’ll be the same kinked headlights as the standard Golf, but R models will add a massive gaping grille with some sharp body-coloured fangs protruding upwards like a snake with a worrying underbite. 

Wider wheel arches, a larger rear spoiler and some whopping-great exhaust tips will complete the new Golf R’s visual makeover.

The new Golf R will get a similar interior to the new GTI (shown here) with a few exclusive ‘R’ touches.

2020 Volkswagen Golf R interior

The old VW Golf R’s cabin looked pretty similar to the standard Golf’s – if you wanted a fast Golf with a lairy interior you were better off with the tartan-clad GTI. This new VW Golf R is expected to continue the same theme. It come with the same simple, button-free design as the standard Mk8 Golf, albeit with some more supportive sports seats, metal pedal trims and a revamped steering wheel.

The new VW Golf R will feature a drive-by-wire gear selector, just like the new Golf GTI’s, shown above…

Just like the outgoing VW Golf R, the new model will come with a DSG automatic gearbox. You can expect this to come with the same dinky electronic gear-selector switch as the latest Mk8 Golf and Golf GTI – no more chunky cable-operated levers, here…

Expect the VW Golf R to come with the same touchscreen as the upcoming GTI (shown here) with some re-worked graphics.

Besides some R-specific graphics, the new VW Golf R’s infotainment should be pretty much the same as in the latest Golf, too. So, you’ll get a large touchscreen infotainment display alongside a second digital driver’s display. Almost all of the car’s features will be controlled through these screens, so physical buttons will be almost completely eliminated from the VW Golf R’s cabin – besides a few touch-sensitive pads on the steering wheel. 

Just like the standard Golf (show here), the Golf R will have a good-sized, practical boot.

Passenger space isn’t expected to change dramatically, so you’ll still be able to carry four adults comfortably in the new Golf R with enough space left over in the boot for everyone’s luggage. Hot hatches are supposed to be performance cars you can use every day, after all. 

2020 Volkswagen Golf R engines and driving

Leaked images from a VW presentation suggest that the new VW Golf R’s engine will produce 245kw, or 333hp. That’s 33hp more than you got in the old VW Golf R and more than the 320hp the Honda Civic Type R can manage from its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. It’ll also be on a par with the new Audi S3. Check out how the outgoing VW Golf R fared in a showdown against the Audi S3 by watching out drag-race video, below:

Just as in the outgoing VW Golf R, the new car will send power to all four wheels, likely through a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The old Golf R would accelerate from 0-60mph in less than 4.7 seconds, so you can expect this new car to cover the same sprint in closer to 4.5 seconds.

If you can’t wait for the new VW Golf R, see how much you can save on the all-new Golf by visiting our VW Golf deals page or read our in-depth VW Golf R review for more information.