At a glance, the overall design follows that of the Golf hatchback up to the B-pillars. It is then distinguished and stands apart from the rest of the Estate range thanks to a new R design bumper, a high-gloss black diffuser, four chrome-plated tailpipe trims, so-called ‘aero flaps’ on the D-pillars, cherry-red taillights and LED number plate illumination.
The R Estate’s front fascia houses an R specific bumper with large air inlets, a unique radiator grille and bi-xenons with DRLs. At the side, R-style body-colored side sill panels distinguish the Golf Estate range-topper, along with R logos on the front bumpers and matt chrome door mirror caps. Completing the exterior package are 18-inch ‘Cadiz’ alloy wheels, black-painted brake callipers with R logo and an optional 19-inch ‘Pretoria’ flow-formed wheels in motorsport design.
Moving to the inside, the Golf R Estate retains the styling cues of its hatchback counterpart, with Alcantara upholstery, R logos on the seats and steering wheel, a premium level of standard equipment and blue highlights on dash dials and all-round. Boot area has a capacity of 605 liters and is expandable to 1,620 liters, with the rear seats folded down.
A 2.0-liter TSI powerplant powers the Golf R Estate to a credible 300 PS from 5,500 to 6,200 rpm and 380 Nm of torque from 1,800 rpm right up to 5,500 rpm. Power is channelled to the wheels via a standard six-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) to the permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive. A century sprint is accomplished in just 5.1 seconds, while top speed achieves 249 km/h (155 mph). Yet on the NEDC, the Golf R Estate consumes just 7.0 l/100 km, equating to CO2 emissions of 163 g/km.
The VW Golf R Estates’s sport suspension has been lowered by 20 mm for a much more dynamic drive. A ESC Sport mode is available for aggressive-typed driving. Optional highlights include the newest generation of the DCC adaptive chassis control system with a driving profile selector that features a Race mode.
Orders for the Volkswagen R Estate is expected for Q1 of next year and deliveries in Q2.