2018 VW Golf R Review

What if you could find a compart car that’s the perfect combination of power, efficiency, technology, and safety? While it may seem like a fantasy, there is one such car and it’s now available for drivers in Irving, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, and Dallas. In this review of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R, we at Principle Volkswagen will introduce you to just some of this car’s incredible features and capabilities. Read ahead to learn more!

2018 VW Golf R: Performance Specifications 

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R is powered by a high-performance 2.0L TSI® 4-cylinder engine. This engine, which comes standardly paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, manufactures an incredible amount of power for a compact car engine. You’ll have a whopping 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque with this engine, including an efficient EPA-estimated 21 city / 29 highway MPG.1

The VW Golf R also gives you the option to swap out the manual transmission. Opt for the available 7-speed DSG® automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport mode for fast and smooth shifting.

In addition to having this powerful engine and optional automatic transmission, the 2018 VW Golf R also includes a standard 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system. This system smartly transfers torque between the four wheels to get the perfect power combination for your current driving conditions.

Impressive Technology Features

Not only is the 2018 VW Golf R impressively powerful and efficient—it’s also packed with a variety of convenient technology features. Standardly, you’ll have a Discover Media touchscreen navigation system at your disposal.

This system bundles an 8-inch glass color display, HD™ radio, voice command recognition, Bluetooth® technology for wireless audio streaming, turn-by-turn navigation, and Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect among other things. The latter feature allows you to integrate your smartphone apps for easy access right on the infotainment screen.

The Discover Media infotainment system can be paired with the available Fender® Premium Audio System. This system sports a 400-watt amp and eight quality speakers for heightened entertainment.

The 2018 VW Golf R: Advanced Safety Systems

Power, efficiency and technology don’t matter if you’re not safe behind the wheel. Fortunately, the 2018 VW Golf R sports a variety of safety features to keep you and your passengers safe, no matter where you’re heading. 

This model, which has been given a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is standardly equipped with Automatic Post-Collision Braking, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and an Intelligent Crash Response System.2 If the airbags deploy, the latter system will automatically unlock the doors, turn off the fuel pump, and activate the hazard lights.

This model also offers a variety of advanced active safety systems, including Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Traffic Alert, and Lane Departure Warning. These features use advanced sensors to monitor your surroundings and keep you in the know at all times.

Get Behind the Wheel of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R!

Now that you’ve had a taste of what the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R can do, it’s time to get behind the wheel and experience it for yourself. Shoppers in Irving, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, and Dallas should give us a call at Principle Volkswagen today to schedule a test drive today!


1 21 city/29 highway mpg (2018 Golf R 2.0L TSI®, 6-speed manual transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

2 Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.com).

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