2018 VW Golf R

Serving Merrillville, IN, Crown Point, and Hobart

Hatchback cars are, all too often, the cheapest and blandest cars on the road. Too many manufacturers see them as entry models, and thus cheap. While others do shoddy work, though, Volkswagen is building masterpieces.

The Volkswagen Golf was the original "hot hatch" back in 1976. The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R is the newest and greatest hot hatch available. The Golf R has every bit of exhilaration you would expect from a sports car. It also has a refined interior, an excellent warranty and an array of safety features. Here is how the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R stacks up to its competition.


2018 VW Golf R

Starting MSRP*


Fuel Economy (City/Hwy)**

22 city / 31 hwy mpg**

Standard Engine

2.0-liter Turbocharged TSI®


292 Horsepower


4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system

Exterior and Performance

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R is a fire-breathing performance car. Despite its small size and minimal weight, the Golf R produces an impressive 292hp and 280lbs of torque. The Golf R gets from zero-to-sixty in 4.5 seconds, better than the Ford Focus RS's 4.6 seconds, Honda Civic's R 4.9 seconds, and Subaru WRX STI's 5.1 seconds. The Golf R also beat all of its rivals getting from 50-70mph and got through the quarter-mile faster.

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Interior and Technology

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R thoroughly outclassed its competition on the inside, as well. At 70mph, the Golf R has 72db of sound, a lower number than all of its rivals. The head and leg-room of the Golf R are better than the WRX STI and Ford Focus RS. The interior is comfortable and leather wrapped. The interior has six cup-holders and USB ports to charge your electronics.

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R offers the latest version of the Volkswagen heralded Car-Net infotainment system. The Car-Net system offers Bluetooth, smartphone integration, Apple Car-Play, Android Auto, navigation, real-time traffic and weather, USB ports and seamless voice command integration. The Volkswagen Car-Net system was especially useful in the Volkswagen Golf R, with a 6.5" touchscreen and rapid responses.

2018 VW Golf R Interior


The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R does not offer speed without refinements or safety, however. The NHTSA gave the Volkswagen Golf R a five-star crash test rating, the best they offer. The list of standard driver assists is lengthy but impressive, including forward collision avoidance, blind spot, cross-traffic and rear-traffic monitoring, lane drift warning and lane keep assist; all of these advanced driver safety features are standard on the Volkswagen Golf R. The Golf R will get where you want to go quickly. It will also get you from point a to point b safely.

Test Drive Today!

The results are clear. Volkswagen built the first "hot hatch," and they have built the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R, which appears to be the greatest one to date. You will need to feel the Volkswagen Golf R to believe it. Contact our local Merrillville, IN Volkswagen dealership to set up a test drive today!


*MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

**EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.