2022 VW Golf R Estate spotted undisguised: price, specs and release date

John Tallodi
March 23, 2021

The upcoming Volkswagen Golf R Estate has been caught testing without any camouflage and a roll cage fitted. Keep reading for more details on this highly anticipated fast estate.

  • Expected on sale in late 2021
  • Same 320hp, 2.0-litre engine as hatchback
  • Looks more aggressive than standard Golf Estate
  • Automatic gearbox-only
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Optional Performance pack
  • 168mph top speed
  • Drift Mode setting
  • More expensive than hatchback

The standard Volkswagen Golf hatchback is already available in fast GTI and R versions, and soon the VW Golf Estate will undergo the performance treatment, too. This new car will provide sportscar-like acceleration and handling with the practicality of an estate car. These latest images show the latest Golf R Estate without any camouflaged as it completes its final tests before it goes on sale as an alternative to the likes of the Cupra Leon Estate.

2022 VW Golf R Estate design

The latest Volkswagen Golf R Estate shares most of its major components with the Golf R hatchback, including its sporty front bumper design and larger intakes. It does look more subtle than the hatch from the rear though because the estate’s flat roof makes the large rear spoiler less obvious.

The quad tailpipes do give the game away somewhat, but the overall effect is still more subdued than in the Golf R hatch. The striking blue paintwork of this model is a Golf R signature, but a number of more subtle shades will also be on offer.

This particular test car also has a roll cage mounted in the rear, so it may well have been undergoing high-speed track testing. Perhaps Volkswagen is looking to claim a ‘Quickest four-cylinder estate’ time at the famous Nurburgring circuit?

2022 VW Golf R Estate engines and driving

The new Volkswagen Golf R Estate’s 320 hp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine and seven-speed automatic gearbox will be the same as those fitted to the hatchback. You can expect performance figures to be near-identical too, despite the estate’s larger, more practical body.

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That means the new VW Golf R Estate should manage 0-60mph in around 4.7 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 155mph – or 168mph if you pay extra for the optional Performance Pack. This option also allows for a Drift mode which sends all of the engine’s power to the rear wheels for some tail-out hooliganism (on a race track, of course.)

2022 VW Golf R Estate interior

Expect the Estate to carry over the R hatchback’s minimalist but premium-feeling interior.

The interior of the new Volkswagen Golf R Estate is going to closely follow the design of the standard Golf R hatchback. It will feature the same dual digital displays and minimalist layout, along with a set of equally sporty seats with plenty of R-specific trim details.

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Nappa leather and an ‘R’ button that puts everything into its sportiest setting should be part of the package as well. One thing that the hatchback won’t be offering is the much larger boot of the Estate. Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed how much you’ll be able to carry in this new hotted-up Golf Estate yet.

2022 VW Golf R Estate price and release date

The new Volkswagen Golf R Estate is expected to debut later this year with sales commencing before 2022. Pricing has yet to be announced but judging from the current hatchback/Estate range and previous iterations of the Golf R, the Estate should cost just over a thousand pounds more than the £39,270 Golf R hatchback.

If you fancy a bit more visual drama and some added fun, the optional £2,000 performance pack includes a bigger rear spoiler, larger alloys, the aforementioned top speed increase to 168 mph and ‘Drift’ and ‘Special’ driver settings.

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 or read our pick of the best hot hatches on sale now. 

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