Thursday, 27 November 2014

NEWS - Golf R Estate first look

Volkswagen has unveiled a rather tasy looking estate car: the Golf R Estate. This new car combines the high performance, driveability and comfort of the Golf R hatchback with the spacious boot of the Golf Estate; this is the first time that the Golf R has been developed in an estate bodystyle, and we like it. In fact, I’m rather surprised it’s taken this long.

Like its hatchback sibling, the Golf R Estate is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged TSI petrol engine which develops a monumental 300 PS and 380 Nm of torque. The mountain of power is channelled via a standard six-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) to the permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Distribution of the power across all four wheels offers maximum grip and minimal drama; a win-win combination. The 0-62mph dash is dealt with in a rather brisk 5.1 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. Hardly a sluggish estate car, then…

Despite its performance, the Golf R Estate does not compromise on space. With a luggage capacity of 605 litres (up to the back seat backrest), this Volkswagen offers an impressively large boot even with five people on board. With the seats flat and loaded up to the backs of the front sports seats, capacity grows to 1,620 litres.

The Golf R Estate’s design follows that of the Golf hatchback up to the B-pillars. It is then distinguished and stands apart from the rest of the Estate range thanks to a new R design bumper, a high-gloss black diffuser, four chrome-plated tailpipe trims, so-called ‘aero flaps’ on the D-pillars, cherry-red taillights and LED number plate illumination. At the front, the Golf R Estate has an R-specific bumper with particularly large air inlets, a distinctive radiator grille (with R logo) as well as bi-xenon headlights with integrated daytime running lights. The LED daytime running lights form a distinctive dual ‘U’ design beneath the dual headlights, projecting a particularly striking light pattern during the day and at night.

R-style body-coloured side sill panels distinguish the Golf Estate range-topper, along with R logos on the front bumpers and matt chrome door mirror caps. Distinctive 18-inch ‘Cadiz’ alloy wheels are unique to R models, while black-painted brake callipers with R logo complete the look. Optional 19-inch ‘Pretoria’ flow-formed wheels (exceptionally lightweight and sturdy) in motorsport design are also available.

Inside the cabin, the Golf R Estate retains the styling cues of its hatchback counterpart, with Alcantara upholstery, R logos on the seats and steering wheel, a high level of standard equipment and blue highlights, for example in the ambient lighting and dash dials.

UK Retailers are due to start taking orders for the new car in spring 2015, with first deliveries in the summer.

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