2020 VW Golf R price, specs and release date

Ben Custard
June 05, 2018

The new VW Golf R will produce more than 400hp when it goes on sale in 2020. See our exclusive render showing what it’ll look like here…

  • Next-generation VW Golf R confirmed
  • The 2.0-litre engine will produce more than 400hp
  • Will look much more aggressive than the old car
  • On sale in 2020


The next VW Golf R is expected to be the fastest Golf in history when it goes on sale in 2020. The 2.0-litre petrol engine and a mild hybrid system will produce more than 400hp, putting it squarely in competition with the Audi RS3 and upcoming Mercedes-AMG A45. It’ll appear in showrooms from 2020.

2020 VW Golf R styling

The upcoming Golf will get a sporty new look, with pinched lights and a larger grille on the lower section of the front bumper, but the R model will pump things up quite a bit and look far more aggressive. It’ll get a smattering of carbon fibre pieces to mark it out as the alpha Golf, as well as a huge front grille to cool the engine and four oval exhausts sitting either side of a functional rear diffuser.

2020 VW Golf R interior

The exterior’s racy new look will be matched inside. Carbon fibre and Alcantara will be present on the dashboard, doors and the racing-style lightweight bucket seats. There’ll also be a new flat-bottomed steering wheel with buttons for the suspension and engine settings.

Interior spy shots of the mk8 Golf, set to be released in 2019, show that the digital driver’s display should come fitted to all but entry-level models. As a result, expect the R to come with this feature as standard, where it’ll show a raft of driving, navigation and media-playback info.

The new car will be significantly faster than this outgoing model

2020 VW Golf R engines and driving

The current Golf R is massively out-gunned by the likes of the RS3 and A45, so the new model could pack an extra 100hp to help it keep up. To achieve this, the car’s 2.0-litre engine will receive some serious tweaking, and it’ll be joined by a 48V mild hybrid system.

This’ll let it offer the best of both worlds – more power when you need it, and better fuel economy when you’re not hooning along a country road. This huge power boost will kick the new Golf R from 0-62mph in around four seconds. All models will come with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and permanent four-wheel-drive.

Tech from the ID R, shown here, could make its way into the new Golf R

In the future, though, there are rumours of a fully electric Golf R, using some of the technology from VW’s bonkers Pikes Peak-conquering machine, shown above. That car produces 670hp by having an electric motor attached to each wheel, paving the way for an even faster, yet eerily silent, range-topping Golf.

2020 VW Golf R price and release date

The next Golf will appear in 2019 with the faster R model making its public debut a year later. The extra performance over the outgoing model means you’ll have to shell out a bit more than before, however – a price tag of close to £40,000 is likely as VW aims to chase down the aforementioned RS3 and A45.