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Engine Max. Power

235 kW

Max. Torque

400 Nm

Acceleration 0-100 km

4.8 s

It’s an R thing

For 20 years, the Volkswagen Golf R has been an icon across the world and right here in NZ, with a fanatical and passionate fan base. And now it’s back in its fifth generation. There are pockets of Aotearoa that simply cannot get enough of the quintessential ‘growl’ of the R engine, as it explores its way up and down the country. From past and current Golf R model owners, to the upcoming new breed of customers awaiting their first taste of this small car, there is one thing in common: it’s an R thing.

International models might be shown for illustrative purposes only, and New Zealand specifications may vary

Are you ready to unleash pure performance?

The Golf R: A car made for everyone who strives for more, while still staying true to their own principles. The embodiment of a new dimension of performance and the long-standing star of the Volkswagen R-brand. 

It’s a ‘rush to the heart’ thing

It’s not hard to see why the original Golf R32 helped coin the phrase ‘hot hatch’. And with 400Nm of torque and 235kW of power, you could say the performance factor of the Golf R is certain to continue and build upon this great legacy.

It’s a ‘this is loaded with tech’ thing

It’s hard to believe that our Volkswagen engineers were able to get this much technology into a small vehicle. Enliven every journey with innovative features designed to inspire and impress. 

It’s a ‘man this is hot’ thing

Take one look at the Golf R’s racing-inspired styling, complete with its lowered stance, aggressive posture and signature R details and you’ll beg to get behind the wheel.

Driving Dynamics

A truly dynamic driving experience

Through numerous generations, our Golf performance models have always been synonymous with the endearing term of ‘hot hatch.’ Now, with the introduction of the fifth generation Golf R, we set a new benchmark. 

Ready for precision at every turn?

Handle every road like a racetrack with a new first from Volkswagen; 4MOTION with R-Performance Torque Vectoring. This all-wheel-drive technology distributes drive not just between the front and rear axles, but also variably between the two rear wheels. Delivering up to 100% of the possible torque to the wheel on the outside of the bend, it enables an exhilarating drive with maximum grip and stability. 

Ready for maximum R?

The Golf R’s assured all-wheel drive system finds full expression when it’s networked via a Vehicle Dynamics Manager (VDM). The integrated system performs minor braking interventions and alters damper compression on selected wheels to provide optimal traction and precise driving control.

Exclusive driving profiles

Take control of the Golf R’s ride and handling characteristics when you select from a number of different driving profiles. Set your pulse racing when you press the ‘R’ logo on the steering wheel to activate the ‘Race’ driving profile setting. Send it into overdrive when you choose one of two exclusive R Performance driving profiles – ‘Drift*’ for exhilarating drifting capability away from public roads and ‘Special*’, which has been tuned for the exacting conditions of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. 

A rush to the heart

Whether it’s on Wellington’s High Street or an Otago backroad, prepare for a blood-pumping drive with the powerful 2.0L turbocharged TSI petrol engine. Boasting 235kW of power and 400Nm of torque, expect an adrenalin rush, even when you’re stuck in Auckland traffic.


Master of its class

Ever had the feeling of being one with your vehicle – where the driver and car fit together like a glove? Experience perfect driving harmony with R sports bucket seats, sports steering wheel and innovative driver aids that work together to put you in complete control.


Overseas model shown. 

Exterior Design

Jaw-droppingly attractive

The Golf R’s sleek design and powerful presence convey a vehicle that is the epitome of sporting performance. With its lowered stance, large front intake and body-coloured side sills, the Golf R is the quintessential head-turner. The 1st Edition Package ups the ante further with its large roof spoiler and aggressive-looking rear diffuser with four chrome-plated tailpipes.

The R-button

The power is in your hands

Agility you can feel and pure driving pleasure at the touch of a button: The R-button on the multifunction sports steering wheel opens up a whole world of performance. Here you can choose between driving profiles and define your driving style.



Interior Design

Strap yourself in and feel the power

Put yourself at the centre of the action with the Golf R’s multifunction sports steering wheel, which offers responsive feedback and precision control. Bolstered, heated and ventilated front sports seats with integrated head restraints are covered in supple Nappa leather^ providing supreme comfort.

^Leather appointed seats have a combination of genuine and artificial leather, but are not wholly leather


Innovation all around

The Golf R is equipped with premium levels of technology that you would expect from Volkswagen – all of which only add to the pure driving pleasure of the driver and passengers.

Innovation cockpit

Rest assured, this has all the tech covered 

The Golf R’s Innovation Cockpit lets you call the shots by putting an exciting array of performance functions within easy reach. The Innovation Cockpit is an immersive, fully digital driver display landscape consisting the Discover Media System, equipped with aspects such as a 10” high-resolution full-colour touchscreen, 2x UBS-C ports for added convenience, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and built-in Satellite Navigation with turn-by-turn route guidance.

Harman Kardon Premium Audio

Premium audio = music to your ears

In-car audio has never sounded as good as it does through the Golf R’s optional Harman Kardon* premium audio system with its eight speakers and 480w amplifier offering superb bass response. Four pre-configured sound settings – Pure, Chill Out, Live and Energy – mean you can adapt your listening experience to suit your favourite music.


*Standard on the 1st Edition

Full-colour Heads-up display (HUD)

Info at a glance

Put essential vehicle information, such as speed and navigation assistance, right where you need it by projecting a head-up illumination onto the inside of the windscreen.

IQ.LIGHT - Matrix LED Headlights

Illuminate the road ahead

Driving with purpose demands you have crystal clear vision ahead of you. The Golf R’s IQ.LIGHT Matrix LED headlights with Dynamic Light aAutomatic Hhigh beam Assist and dynamic indicators illuminate your path with brilliant intensity and ensure you’re always noticed. For that extra ‘R’ lighting touch, the wing mirrors project an R-logo symbol onto the road below.

Terms and conditions

1.    The information provided on the Volkswagen New Zealand website is for information purposes only  
2.    Volkswagen New Zealand reserves the right to extend, withdraw or change all offers *Prices are shown in New Zealand dollars, include GST and exclude on road costs
3.    The official fuel consumption, emissions, and EV range figures determined by the WLTP test should be used as a guide only, or for vehicle to vehicle comparison. Actual results may vary due to factors such as driving or environmental conditions.  
4.    International models might be shown for illustrative purposes only, and New Zealand specifications may vary
5.    Some colours in these images are not available in New Zealand, the product guide contains the correct colours available to the New Zealand market  
6.    Additional and optional accessories may have an effect on fuel efficiency. Optional accessories and add-on packages are available at an additional cost  
7.   App-Connect is compatible for selected apps with the latest smartphone versions of iOS and Android, active data service, and connection cable (sold separately)  
8.   Safety technologies are designed to assist the driver, but should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices 
9.  Leather appointed seats have a combination of genuine and artificial leather, but are not wholly leather 
10.  Vehicle availability will vary across the Volkswagen range, please stay in the know with delivery timelines. Learn more
The Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) is designed to provide a standardised measurement and enables the consumer to make reliable comparisons between vehicles in terms of energy (fuel and/or electricity) consumption, emissions, and electric vehicle range. However, it should be noted that the results of this test may not accurately reflect the actual fuel consumption, emissions, or range that a driver might experience in the real world. Actual results may vary depending on various factors such as driving style, road conditions, temperature, weather, vehicle load, and maintenance. Therefore, the WLTP results should be considered as an indicator of the vehicle‘s performance and not as a guarantee of the actual energy consumption, emissions, or range that a driver will experience in real-world driving conditions, or for making a vehicle-to-vehicle comparison. All WLTP test values are provided in accordance with New Zealand Land transport Rule: Vehicle Efficiency and Emissions Data 2022.

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