The interior is more convincing. Avoid the optional panoramic sunroof and there should be more than adequate legroom and headroom for adult passengers in both rows, and a really useful sized trunk that offers underfloor storage, with a fairly expansive cargo area above that easily looks big enough to swallow bulky loads.
The driving position is generally good, as is the layout of the main controls. The perceived quality of the cabin is quite high, although some of the dash moldings are harsher and simpler than VW’s old standards for such things might lead you to hope they might be. Like all Golfs, the R emphasizes digital technology, with configurable digital instruments and a central touchscreen infotainment system that you can’t avoid interacting with regularly when changing drive modes or toggle active security systems whether you like it or not. Even with practice, I didn’t particularly like it, I must say.
To drive, the Golf R is largely the same multi-talented all-rounder that it was. Those stiffer suspension rates and 19-inch wheels make the car roar and roll a bit more than Golf R enthusiasts may be used to, but not so much as to change this car’s defining force: its adaptability. On these optional adaptive dampers, it can be absorbent, comfortable and easy to live with when tuned for these priorities; and then, in “Race” mode, it’s a much meatier, meaner and more tense client. Here, grip, agility and driver engagement aren’t quite in fast Megane or Civic Type R territory, but they’re not lacking much. This smart differential doesn’t seem to actively rotate the chassis in tight corners; it works rather effectively to keep the car stable and true to its path and line even when you’re pouring power – and there’s plenty for casting.
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This notice was published: 2022-03-15 00:01:23