2020 VW Golf R price, specs and release date

Russell Campbell
April 24, 2019

The new Volkswagen Golf R will be offered as a performance model with close to 400hp. Find out everything you need to know about the fastest Golf to go on sale, below.

  • Revealed

    MK8 Volkswagen Golf R

  • Specs include

    400hp top-of-the-range model

  • Price and release date

    Starting from £35,000; 2020 on-sale date




2020 Volkswagen Golf R price and release date

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf R is expected to be offered in two trim levels with around 300 and 400hp. As a result, you can expect the basic model to have a price tag of £35,000 that’ll put it into competition with traditional hot hatches such as the Honda Civic Type R and Hyundai i30 N. The 400hp model will likely have a price of more than £40,000 – pushing it into contention with models such as the as-yet-unseen Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3.

2020 Volkswagen Golf R styling

As carwow’s exclusive render shows, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf R will trade on the conservative styling that has served the current model so well. It’ll get the new Golf’s slime-line grille design and is also expected to come as standard with LED headlights. The biggest change up front will be the R badge and the car’s more aggressive bottom bumper. Expect the 400hp model to be even more distinctive with a more aggressive body kit.

Around the sides, the new Golf R will get subtle side skirts, a boot spoiler, and you’ll be able to choose from wheels up to 19-inches in size, while around the back all models will get pretty slim LED tail lights with a distinctive light signature and integrated scrolling LED indicators.

2020 Volkswagen Golf R interior

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf R’s interior will represent a step up in technology compared with the current model, with an dash that’s dominated by a pair of huge infotainment screens with high-definition graphics. As before, the Golf R will get unique trim pieces that give it a sportier appearance than basic models and a pair of body-hugging sports seats. Practicality will be even better in the current car though, which means you’ll comfortably accommodate four tall adults in your new Golf R and have space for a number of suitcases.

2020 Volkswagen Golf R engines and driving

It’s this mix of practicality and performance that’ll be central to the appeal of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf R. The latter will be served up by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine tuned to produce around 300hp in the basic model and 400hp in a range-topping version of the car which is tipped to join the range. It could get from 0-62mph in under four seconds – quicker than an Audi RS3 and, like before, will come as standard with four-wheel drive and will be available with a quick-shifting, twin-clutch gearbox. As well as being the fastest Golf R ever sold, the new model will also be one of the cheapest to run. It’ll get a 48V power supply that’ll allow it to coast to a halt and set off under battery power alone using an enlarged starter motor, which should help it achieve 45mpg fuel economy.

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