Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 38 - 40 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

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.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £205 - £240
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Insurance group 34
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