There’s a lot to like about the current Volkswagen Golf and if you love the performance variants you’re likely to be extremely pleased with the hottest of the hot – the Golf R.

In wagon form, as tested, you also get that bit more practicality with more usable space than the hatch.

But, be warned, if you’re just after a high-spec Golf wagon then the R might be a bit much for you.

Exterior

The Volkswagen Golf got a significant update in 2017 and while much of the focus was on improvements under the skin the Volkswagen designers also made some exterior tweaks.

These tweaks have helped keep what was an already attractive vehicle up with the competition, even the small cars that have welcomed completely new looks over the past year or so.

volkswagen golf r interiorInterior

The Volkswagen Golf R is at the top of the Golf tree and welcomes a whole array of luxury and convenience features, including the fully digital ‘virtual cockpit’.

The seats are very sporty, but comfortable enough. While the D-shaped leather steering wheel feels great in your hand