Volkswagen Golf R review – MPG and running costs
MPG ratings in the high 30s are quoted, low 30s are realistic
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.