2025 Volkswagen Golf R: Comprehensive Update with Power and Features

Matt Brand
June 26, 2024
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Volkswagen has released details about the 2025 Golf R hot hatch, which includes increased power, revised styling, and updated interior technology.

This updated model will be available in Australian showrooms early next year, along with the refreshed regular Golf and Golf GTI.

The all-wheel-drive Golf R now comes with a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine, delivering 245kW and 420Nm.

his is a 10kW and 20Nm increase compared to the current Australian-market Golf R hatch. The Golf R wagon will no longer be available in Australia but remains on sale in Europe.

Volkswagen has not specified the 0-100km/h acceleration time for the new model, though it is expected to match the 4.6 seconds of the 20 Years edition.

The top speed is set at 270km/h with the R Performance package, which is standard in Australia.

The exterior changes include slimmer LED headlights, new LED tail-light graphics, illuminated VW badges, and a redesigned front bumper.

Optional 19-inch 'Warmenau' forged alloy wheels, which are lighter than the standard 19-inch wheels, are also available.

The interior of the Golf R features a larger 12.9-inch touchscreen with updated software that includes climate controls and an IDA voice assistant powered by ChatGPT.

The touch-sensitive volume and air-temperature slider controls now have illumination, addressing customer feedback.

The touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel remain but have been adjusted for better responsiveness.

The 10.2-inch digital instrument display offers different views, including a centrally-mounted or horizontally-oriented tachometer.

The R sports seats are available with nappa leather or fabric upholstery, and carbon-fibre dashboard inlays from the 20 Years edition are now standard.

The torque-vectoring rear differential, capable of sending all rear-axle torque to either rear wheel, is included in Europe's R Performance pack, along with adaptive dampers.

The Golf R includes a Drift setting, which directs all rear-axle torque to the outside rear wheel to initiate a slide.

A 'Special' mode places the engine and gearbox in their sportiest settings while reducing damper firmness for the Nürburgring Nordschleife race track.

In Europe, a Black Edition variant is available, featuring 19-inch black Estoril wheels, black brake calipers, exhaust outlets, darkened badges, and headlight trim.

The 2025 Volkswagen Golf R will be available for order from July 3 in Germany, with prices starting at $AU86,750. The current model in Australia starts at $70,590 plus on-road costs.

Matt Brand
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