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As we’ve come to expect from the more premium German car companies, there are loads of Volkswagen Golf R safety systems in place to keep both occupants and pedestrians out of trouble. It’s for that reason the Golf has been awarded a maximum five stars in the EuroNCAP crash tests.

Over the GTI, the R model gets adaptive cruise control and a low-speed automatic emergency braking function. There’s also a set of standard Bi-Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights.

You also get that four-wheel drive system, which is likely to help when conditions get slippery.

Other safety kit installed includes a number of airbags, an automatic post-collision braking system (to prevent more collisions once one has occurred), the Driver Alert System (which measures and warns of fatigue) and ISOFIX child seat mounting points.

You can also order a number of optional extras to boost safety. Automatic high beam headlights, a lane departure warning system and a heated windscreen. There’s also an optional side airbag for rear seat passengers in five-door models.

There’s isn’t a lot to separate the regular Golf and the R in this respect. In fact, Volkswagen Golf R practicality is only hampered by a slightly smaller boot space than regular Golfs. The load space floor has had to be raised slightly to fit the four-wheel drive system, so boot volume drops from 380 litres to 343.

It’s available in both three- and five-door body styles, unlike some rivals, and adults can fit comfortably in the back. We wouldn’t try with more than two, though.

You get a generous size glove box and a decent cubby underneath the armrest between the front seats, too.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Golf R (14-16).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav

R equipment

R standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
R optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav