2018 VW Golf R Price and Specs Review | Merrillville, IN

2018 VW Golf R

Serving Merrillville, IN, Crown Point, and Hobart

The 2018 VW Golf R is turning heads in the highly competitive world of hatchback vehicles. In addition to being power-packed under the hood, this VW offering has plenty of high-tech and luxury features that make driving it an absolute pleasure. The model has undergone a few noticeable changes from the 2017 edition. These include the addition of LED lights, new stop/start technology for the engine, and an all-digital instrument display system.


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 VW Golf R comes standard with a 2-liter turbocharged engine that's capable of 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. In terms of transmission, it offers both manual (six speed) and automatic (seven speed dual-clutch). Needless to say, the VW Golf R packs a serious punch in the engine department, which makes for fast acceleration and serious driving power. When it comes to fuel economy, the VW performs slightly better than many of its peers in the vehicle class. With automatic transmission, its miles per gallon are estimated at 22 in the city, 29 on the highway, and 25 combined. For the automatic transmission, those numbers drop only slightly—21 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined.

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Interior and Technology

The 2018 VW Golf R can comfortably seat four and comes with an interior design that's not too flashy but very upscale. Heated front seats come standard, as does a 12-way power adjustable driver's seat. In addition to being visually pleasing, the VW Golf R also does a fantastic job at eliminating outside noise in the cabin.

There are no shortage of high-tech features when it comes to the new Golf R. Its most noticeable one is the trademark Volkswagen Digital Cockpit—a fully customizable instrument display that looks sleek and keeps you informed and connected. Unlike traditional displays, the Digital Cockpit is designed to for easy readability and use. The new Golf R also comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen (up 1.5 inches from the 2017 edition). It comes with features like Bluetooth audio, navigation, voice commands, traffic and weather updates, USB outlets, and connectivity with either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

2018 VW Golf R Interior


The 2018 VW Golf R has been evaluated for safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it received a five-star rating—the highest one given by the organization. The vehicle comes with a number of great safety features, many of which are not offered standard on other cars in the class. These include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, automated emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, cross-traffic monitoring, lane departure warnings, and pedestrian detection. Additionally, the rear seats of the Golf R are designed to make installing child safety seats a breeze.

Test Drive Today!

Is the 2018 VW Golf R the right vehicle for you? You'll never know until you try it! Contact us today or stop by in person to schedule your test drive of this powerful, feature-packed vehicle!


*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.