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Auto review: 2022 VW Golf R, hot hatchback for connoisseurs, keeps the compact performance flag flying

Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Automotive News

Other standard features on the Golf R include:

—14.1-inch cross-drilled front disc brakes

—Blue brake calipers

—DCC adaptive dampers

—Digital instrument display with R-specific graphics

—Summer tires

—19-inch wheels

—10.25-inch touch screen

—Nappa leather sport seats

—All-wheel drive

—30-color ambient light palette

—Multiple drive modes, including "drift" and a Nürburgring-inspired "special" mode

European models are rife with options, and the sky’s the limit on cost. The optional — and wonderful sounding — exhaust system on the car I drove costs 3,800 euros in Europe. If you think a $45,000 compact hatchback is a tough sell in America, you’ve obviously never tried peddling $4,500 quad exhaust pipes.

More information about U.S. models, including driver assistance systems, will be available closer to sales date.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R at a glance

Estimated price: $45,000


All-wheel-drive, five-seat compact hatchback

On sale Q4 2021

Engine: 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine

Power: 315 hp @ 5,600-6,500 rpm; 310 pound-feet of torque @ 2,000-5,600 rpm (280 pound-feet with manual transmission)

Transmission: Six-speed manual standard; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic in vehicle driven

EPA estimated efficiency: NA

EPA estimated annual fuel cost: NA

Wheelbase: N/A

Length: N/A

Width: N/A

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Curb weight: NA

Passenger volume: NA

Cargo volume: NA

Assembled in Wolfsburg, Germany

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