Ambience and seats. The up to five occupants can also enjoy the sporty benefits of the Golf R Estate in the interior. Everyone can experience the R-specific door trims, put their feet on floor mats sporting the R logo and in the R-specific colour scheme and enjoy the journey under a black headliner. The background lighting synchronised with the display ensures a very special mood. Thirty colours are available – they unobtrusively light up the dash panel and doors. Carbon Grey decorative trim can be found on the dash panel. Both the driver and the front passenger can operate the 10-inch touch screen in the centre of the dash panel. The Infotainment system and the navigation can, for instance, be controlled via the high-resolution, touch-sensitive display.
R Performance steering wheel and pedals. In addition to breathtaking performance, the driver can also enjoy the very special pleasures of the R model – with impressive pedal caps and a driver foot rest made of brushed stainless steel. The driver holds the most important instrument in their hands: the R-specific multifunction leather sports steering wheel, which is flattened at the bottom. It stands out thanks to a blue steering wheel clip with R logo on the bottom two spokes and high-quality blue decorative seams. The R button is particularly handy. The driver uses it to select one of four – or in the case of the R Performance package six – driving profiles directly. A more forceful press of the R button also activates the Race profile directly. The back of the steering wheel has ergonomically designed DSG shift paddles that are larger than in the other Golf models as they, for instance, must be easy to access when driving through bends on the race track.
Individualised welcome. The display and operating elements of the current Golf models are largely digital. The new Golf R Estate also benefits from this. Passengers are always welcomed with an R welcome screen on the touch screen of the Infotainment system as soon as the vehicle is opened with the vehicle key that also sports a special R finish. The welcome naturally also works when accessing the vehicle with optional Keyless Access.
Touch features instead of buttons. Compared to the predecessor model, the operation for the driver has been almost completely redesigned – except for the superior ergonomics. The Golf R Estate has state-of-the-art equipment with its new digital interfaces:touch panels, touch sliders and touchscreens perform the functions of conventional buttons and analogue displays.
The Digital Cockpit Pro. The graphic of the R logo welcomes R drivers as soon as Digital Cockpit Pro is activated. The View button in the new multifunction leather steering wheel enables a variety of layouts that are already known from other models of the product line to be displayed. Like the Golf R, the Golf R Estate also has the so-called sport skin. This includes the central round rev counter in R-specific design including the R logo. The Golf R Estate also offers a 3D-look layout with numerical fields, known as the R View. As an exclusive feature, there is a new, horizontal rev counter at the top edge of the display. The scale for this flat, horizontal display ranges from 0 to 8 (equivalent to 0 to 8,000 revs per minute). In the Special and Drift driving profiles – with manual DSG mode simultaneously activated – the display provides the easy-to-see “shift light”, i.e. a gear recommendation for switching up a gear to the rpm limit via the shift paddle or via a shift-by-wire button in the centre console. The shift light relieves the driver, for example, from watching the rev counter on the race track – a very important aspect as the automatic upshift is deliberately de-activated in the Special and Drift driving profiles. As additional information, the Digital Cockpit Pro in the Golf R Estate can also display current data such as the charge pressure, gearbox temperature, torque, power, G forces and the torque distribution of the all-wheel drive. The Digital Cockpit Pro in the Golf R Estate is also equipped with a lap timer for measuring time on the race track.