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Body style: Wagon (station wagon, estate, combi, touring)
Segment: Compact
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While the Golf R was designed for those who enjoyed driving and didn't need a large trunk in the back, the Golf R Variant came as an important addition for those who needed a station wagon.

A family with kids needs a car with a big trunk where the bicycles, scooters, and other toddler-related items need to be stored. On the other hand, nobody said station wagons can't have powerful engines. And Volkswagen decided to give an important boost to its already known Golf Variant in the form of the R version.

The 2021 Golf R Variant shared most of its bodywork with the Golf R up to the B-pillar, but it featured different C-pillars and rear doors. An additional glass area covered the space between the C- and the D-pillar. The carmaker sacrificed some part of the trunk space for this Golf generation and raked-forward the tailgate for a sportier look. Volkswagen even installed a roof spoiler on the upper side of the rear windscreen. Under the bumper, the carmaker installed four oval exhausts, similar to those from the Golf R hatchback.

Lile its Golf R sibling, the R Variant featured a sporty interior with high-bolstered front seats. Its full-digital instrument cluster and the paddle-shifters behind the wheel were just a confirmation that it wasn't just a regular grocery-getter. But, since it was a station wagon, it offered a split-folding rear bench which provided between 611 liters (21.6 cu-ft) and 1,642 liters (58 cu-ft) of trunk space.

For the drivetrain, Volkswagen installed a turbocharged inline-four gasoline engine. It was paired to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch) automatic transmission. Power went to all corners via a newly developed all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring.

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VOLKSWAGEN Golf R Variant 2021 - Present
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.0L TSI 4MOTION 7AT (320 HP)

VOLKSWAGEN Golf R Variant 2.0L TSI 4MOTION 7AT (320 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L TSI 4MOTION 7AT (320 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1984 cm3
Power
235.4 KW @ - RPM
320 HP @ - RPM
316 BHP @ - RPM
Torque
310 lb-ft @ 2100-5350 RPM
420 Nm @ 2100-5350 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-speed automatic DSG
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/40 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
182.8 in (4643 mm)
Width
70.4 in (1788 mm)
Height
57.7 in (1466 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.6/60.7 in (1,539/1,542 mm)
Wheelbase
105.4 in (2677 mm)
Cargo Volume
21.6 cuFT (612 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3594 lbs (1630 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4718 lbs (2140 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25.6 mpg US (9.2 L/100Km)
Highway
39.9 mpg US (5.9 L/100Km)
Combined
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
164 g/km
FUEL ECONOMY (WLTP)
Low
20.5 mpg US (11.5 L/100Km)
Medium
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
High
35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)
Extra high
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
Combined
30.2 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions (Combined)
178 g/km
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