TodayApril 16, 2022

VW Golf R Real Wheels car chat Washington Post

Good Morning Warren and friends

Wouldn’t you like a car that gives you high mileage on the weekdays and is fun and sporty to drive on the weekends? A vehicle that is small enough to park yet functional for all your daily needs? Let me introduce you to the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R hatchback with adaptive chassis control (DCC) and navigation.

I will start with the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system in the Golf R since it has been a torturous winter for many people (and in Michigan, it is still snowing!). Most of the time the Golf functions as a front-wheel drive, but when the little car that can needs extra oomph, it can send up to 50 percent of torque to the rear wheels.

The Volkswagen Golf R is powered by a 2.0-liter in-line turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder engine and VW’s DSG twin-clutch automated manual gearbox to get 292-horsepower. Keep all the junk out of the trunk and VW says you’ll get a 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

Volkswagen says the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R got an EPA rating of 23 mpg city, 30 highway. My driving mpg was right in that ballpark at 28mpg with very little highway driving.

The car I drove cost $39,910, with the DCC & Navigation Package, including adaptive damping, touch-screen navigation, front and rear park distance control, including a backup camera and sensors, and a Fender Premium Audio system.

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Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.