Sporty and practical in equal measure
Following the presentation of the thoroughbred sports hatchback known as the Golf R, Volkswagen is now introducing the next variation on its high-end Golf model: the Golf R Estate. Blending high performance with the flexibility offered by a large luggage compartment volume, this second-generation model is the ideal sports estate. With an output of 235 kW (320 PS), the new Golf R Estate is the most powerful and dynamic of all Golf estate models. More performance, more longitudinal and lateral acceleration, more innovations, more space and more emotional impact make this car better than ever. The all-wheel drive 4MOTION with R Performance torque vectoring, which comes as standard, is supplied with a maximum torque of 420 Nm by the 2.0 TSI. An exceptionally fast 7-speed dual clutch gearbox is responsible for power transmission. And the new Golf R Estate accelerates to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. Optionally, the Golf R Estate can also be ordered with the R Performance package, which increases the top speed to 270 km/h. The R Performance package also includes 19-inch wheels instead of the standard 18-inch versions and the additional driving profiles Special (Nürburgring mode) and Drift (for power slides).
4MOTION with R Performance torque vectoring. Like the compact Golf R, the Golf R Estate features the newly developed all-wheel drive system with selective wheel torque control on the rear axle. Here, a new rear final drive distributes the drive power not just between the front and rear axles as needed, but also between the rear wheels. This significantly increases the agility of the Golf R Estate, particularly when cornering. The all-wheel drive is also networked via the Vehicle Dynamics Manager (VDM) with other running gear systems such as the electronic differential locks (XDS) and adaptive chassis control DCC. The result: optimum traction characteristics, neutral handling with the utmost level of precision, exceptional agility. Maximum driving pleasure.
Extra profiles for the Nürburgring and drifting. Like the Golf R, the Golf R Estate was fine-tuned on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. If ordered with the optional R Performance package, the performance estate car comes with its own driving profiles, Special and Drift. In the profile Special, the main drive system parameters are configured for the Nordschleife and other similarly demanding courses – including for the first time the 4MOTION all-wheel drive with R Performance torque vectoring. Away from public roads, the Drift driving profile opens up a whole new level of driving dynamics to make drifting much safer and more fun.
Spacious vehicle interior. The Golf R Estate may be exceptionally sporty, but it also retains all the characteristics you’d expect from a Golf estate: this is a comfortable leisure-oriented and family-friendly estate car for all walks of life. The Golf R Estate is supremely suited to everyday driving, and this is in no way compromised by its highly sporty design. On the contrary. “It represents the perfect combination of a compact Golf R and an estate. Sportiness, performance and emotional impact meet space, variability and innovation,” says Sven Smeets, Head of the R Business Unit. With a loading capacity of 611 litres plus five usable seats, or a maximum luggage volume of 1,642 litres when loaded to roof height, the Golf R Estate gets the whole family and all their luggage to where they want to go – quickly, safely and comfortably. “Thanks to the optional comfortable running gear and intelligent comfort and assist systems, the Golf R Estate is also well-equipped for long-distance driving,” says Sven Smeets. For the first time, the Golf R Estate is available with an optional ball coupling with a permitted maximum trailer weight (braked) of up to 1.9 tonnes and a drawbar load of 80 kilograms.