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Auto review: VW Golf R-aises the bar -- a lot

Henry Payne, The Detroit News on

Published in Automotive News

Vehicle type: Front engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger compact, hatchback

Price: est. $44,000 (final pricing in fall closer to delivery, European version as tested)

Powerplant: 2.0-liter turbocharged, inline 4-cylinder

Power: 315 horsepower, 310 pound-feet torque

Transmission: 6-speed manual, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic

Performance: 0-62 mph, 4.7 seconds (mnfr.); top speed, 155 mph

Weight: 3,450 pounds est.


Fuel economy: EPA 23 city/30 highway/26 combined (auto as tested)

Report card

Highs: Carves ice as well as track apexes; big interior tech upgrade

Lows: Price bump from last gen

Overall: 4 stars

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