Volkswagen Golf R review – MPG and running costs

MPG ratings in the high 30s are quoted, low 30s are realistic

Evo rating
  • Engine still pulls; erm, strong resale?
  • Every dynamic element feels like it’s taken a step or two backwards

There’s plenty of emphasis on fuel saving in the new Golf R with its particulate filters, eco modes and dual-clutch ’box, yet like all these New-Age high-performance fours, hard use will see MPG figures drop way down from those claimed. VW quotes an official rating of 36.2mpg, but this will easily drop to the mid-20s when pushing hard.

In contrast, a gentle motorway cruise will see the R comfortably crack 40mpg, the variation in fuel usage a clear signal of how much development and technology has been integrated into the venerable EA888.

Your biggest friend when it comes to running costs is the Golf R’s rock-solid residuals, often making the R cheaper to buy on a lease or PCP finance option than far more affordable rivals of a similar demeanor.

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