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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

With just the one engine, Volkswagen Golf R running costs are pretty simple. The more efficient DSG gearbox will need to be specified as an optional extra to get the lowest costs; fuel economy is claimed 40.9mpg and CO2 emissions are 159g/km. Manual gearbox-equipped cars return a claimed 39.8mpg and 165g/km.

During normal driving we saw the manual version returning around 35mpg, but expect that to tumble rapidly as you drive faster.

You can pay for extended warranties and service packs to make your out-goings more transparent.

For the lowest Volkswagen Golf R emissions you’ll need an optional DSG automatic gearbox. That makes it possible for CO2 to be expelled at a rate of 159g/km, which is incredibly low for an almost-300bhp hot hatch.

There really isn’t a huge amount you need to worry about regarding Volkswagen Golf R reliability. The firm has built and maintained an exemplary record in this field for decades.

We’re not aware of any major product recalls for either the previous version or the GTI with which it shares much of its parts.

The interior feels well-built and robust, while the 4MOTION four-wheel drive system is tried and tested in several VW products. Even the optional DSG automatic gearbox is known for its reliability.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,455 - £1,531 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.0 TSi Petrol 159 g/km (Min) £200
2.0 TSi (300ps) Petrol 170 g/km (Max) £200 - £235

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £200 - £235
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 34
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.