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

James Allen and Ryan Hirons
February 18, 2021

The new Volkswagen Golf R Estate has been spotted testing with its new bodywork almost completely undisguised. Read on for more details on this high-performance family car.

  • Golf R Estate spotted
  • Will get 2.0-litre turbo engine
  • 320hp output will match the hatchback
  • Four-wheel drive with Drift Mode
  • Automatic gearbox standard
  • 0-60 in around 4.7 seconds
  • Due later in 2021

Volkswagen will launch a replacement for its high-performance VW Golf R Estate later this year. As well as being more practical than the VW Golf R hot hatch, the car will also be a direct alternative to other high-performance estates like the Mercedes AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake and Cupra Leon Estate.

2021 VW Golf R Estate design

These latest spy shots have caught the new Golf R Estate completely undisguised – and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the car shares a lot of design elements with the VW Golf R hatchback. The large air intakes in the front bumper have been carried over almost unchanged, as have the subtly flared wheel arches.

Not every styling cue has been copy-pasted over, though. For instance, while the Golf R Estate does have a subtle roof spoiler, it’s nowhere near as large as the one you’ll find on the VW Golf R hatch.

You can clearly see the same quad-exhaust setup as the hatchback, however. And, the new Golf R Estate will certainly come with the same optional Akrapovic exhaust upgrade as the hatchback.

2021 VW Golf R Estate engines and driving

The new Volkswagen Golf R Estate will come with the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the hatchback, producing 320hp and 420Nm of torque. That’s 20hp more than the old Golf R Estate managed, and a 20Nm increase in torque.

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Just like the Golf R hatch, the Golf R Estate will be exclusively available with a seven-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system that can send all of the torque to the rear wheels when needed to improve cornering speeds.

There’s a good chance the Golf R hatchback’s lairy Drift mode – which sends all of the power to the rear wheels and disables all of the car’s stability assists – will be carried over to the estate model, too.

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Despite the extra weight from its slightly bigger body, the Golf R Estate shouldn’t be any slower than the hatchback version on paper. Expect the Golf R Estate to share an identical 0-60mph acceleration time of 4.7 seconds and 155mph top speed with the Golf R hatch.

2021 VW Golf R Estate interior

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

With the Volkswagen Golf R hatchback already revealed, you have a clear idea of what to expect from the estate when it arrives later in 2021. 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.

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If the specifications match the hatchback, Nappa leather will be available as standard while a special ‘R’ button will feature on the steering wheel. Pressing this sees the car thrown straight into its sportiest settings.

Unsurprisingly, the Golf R Estate will have a much bigger boot than the Golf R hatch – though by how much exactly remains to be seen, as Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed luggage volumes for either car yet.

2021 VW Golf R Estate price and release date

The new VW Golf R Estate is expected to be officially unveiled later this year, and should go on sale before the end of 2021. Prices are still some way from being confirmed – but, using the normal VW Golf Estate for reference, the Golf R Estate will likely cost from around £41,000, which is a bit more than the £39,270 Golf R hatchback.

You’ll almost certainly be able to get the Golf R Estate with the hatchback’s optional £2,000 performance pack. This brings a larger rear spoiler, 19-inch alloy wheels, an increased top speed of 168mph, plus ‘Drift’ and ‘Special’ driving modes — the latter of which is designed to help the VW Golf R at the Nurburgring race track in Germany.

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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