UPDATE, June 27, 2022: Golf R Wagon full pricing and features revealed

Full pricing and features have been released for the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R Wagon.

In addition to our original story below, we now know it is the first time both the overall length and wheelbase of the wagon exceed that of the hatch – with length up to 354 millimetres to 4644 mm, and the wheelbase increased by 50mm to 2681mm.

The result is rear legroom expanding from 903mm in the hatch to 941mm in the stretched version.

New for the second-generation is also Nappa leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control with rear touch controls and multiple rear storage solutions.

Boot volume moves from 374 litres in the hatch to 611L in the wagon – including a full metre of length between the tailgate and rear seat-backs when the second row is up or 1230L versus 1642L when the 60:40-split backrest is folded and 1.845 metres.

2022 volkswagen golf r hatch & wagon pricing and features for australia

The new Golf R Wagon also features chrome roof rails, an electrically operated tailgate with easy open/close and a luggage net partition which can be extended from the rear seats to the roof lining.

It retains the 19-inch alloy wheels, progressive steering, 4MOTION all-wheel drive with R-Performance Torque Vectoring and adaptive suspension, featuring Comfort, Sport, Race, Special and Drift modes.

Optional costed extras include a panoramic sunroof for $2000 and a Harmon Kardon premium audio system for $1000.

2022 volkswagen golf r hatch & wagon pricing and features for australia

Features

R Performance package: Drift and Special driving modes, 19-inch Estoril alloy wheels
Adaptive chassis control
Progressive steering
R exterior styling
Matrix LED headlights with dynamic cornering lights and dynamic light assist
LED daytime driving lights and grille strip
LED tail-lights with dynamic indicators
Illuminated door handle recesses
Surround lighting with welcome light
Keyless access
Exterior mirrors power-folding
Dark tinted rear and rear side windows
Chrome roof rails
Electrically operated automatic opening and closing of the tailgate with easy open and close functions
Luggage net partition, extendable rear seat backrest to roof lining, removable and storable
Premium metallic/pearl-effect paint
Air Care tri-zone climate control air conditioning
Nappa leather appointed upholstery
Electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory
Heated and ventilated front seats
Front centre armrest, adjustable
Illuminated vanity mirrors in sun visors
Two LED reading lights in front and two in rear
Rain sensing windscreen wipers
Automatically dimming rear-view mirror
Innovision Cockpit: Digital Cockpit Pro and Discover Pro 10-inch satellite navigation system
Digital Radio DAB+
Head-up display
Voice control
Wireless App-Connect
Wireless charging
Four USB C ports
R interior styling
Multi-function sport leather steering wheel
Heated steering wheel
Gearshift paddles
Sports seats with integrated head restraints
30-colour ambient lighting
LED lighting in front footwell, selectable colour
Alarm system with interior monitoring
Rear seat centre armrest
Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with stop and go
Traffic jam assist
Travel assist
Emergency assist
Park assist
Exit warning system
Front assist with pedestrian and cyclist monitoring
Lane assist
Side assist with rear traffic alert
Extended electronic differential lock (XDL)
Driver fatigue detection
Electronic stabilisation program (ESP)
Rear-view camera (RVC)
Eight airbags – Front, front and rear side, and curtain
Proactive passenger protection system
Parking sensors front and rear
Manoeuvre braking front and rear.

2022 volkswagen golf r hatch & wagon pricing and features for australia

The story to here

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf R performance hatch will cost from $66,990, an $11,000 jump over the regular version from the last generation.

Volkswagen Australia’s price hike follows the significant price increase for the eighth-generation Golf GTI released at the start of 2021.

It positions the Golf R hatch within just $3000 of its Audi sister car, the S3 hatch.

A wagon version is again offered, priced from $68,990, and will follow shortly after the hatch that’s due in April.

December 13, 2021: 2022 Volkswagen Golf R pricing revealed

Volkswagen Australia originally planned to price the Golf R from $67,990, but reduced the price slightly after being forced to adopt a slightly detuned version of the hatch to ensure supply.

The Golf R hatch for Australia now produces 400Nm of torque rather than the initially quoted 420Nm, reducing its 0-100km/h time by a tenth to 4.8 seconds – the same time as the previous model.

The wagon sticks with the full-fat ‘evo 4’ EA888 2.0-litre turbo engine, with the same 235kW from 5200rpm to 6000rpm, but 420Nm (2000rpm to 5550rpm) and a petrol particulate filter for cleaner emissions. It has an acceleration time of 4.9 seconds, despite being 82kg heftier than the hatch.

It also continues to utilise a seven-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) auto and claims a fuel economy figure of 7.4L/100km on the combined-cycle with mandatory 98RON premium unleaded.

2022 volkswagen golf r hatch & wagon pricing and features for australia

The previous generation R signed off with a limited-run Final Edition priced from $57,990. The regular version had previously cost from $55,990 in hatch form or $57,990 for the wagon.

In 2018, a Golf R auto was available for as low as $49,990 with the Grid Edition.

VW Australia said it was confident the Golf R will continue to be as popular as ever locally when it arrives in April 2022 despite the price rise, while adding it wasn’t concerned about the proximity to the S3.

“We have our core audience in that [performance] area of the market,” said Todd Ford, VW Australia’s product manager for passenger vehicles. “We have a bit of the blinkers on maybe with regard to R… we suspect there are different buyers/customers [between R and S3]. From our perspective, we know we have an audience that clearly enjoys this car.

2022 volkswagen golf r hatch & wagon pricing and features for australia

“The S3 and Golf R did realign a bit, got closer [in price], in the previous lifecycles and that had no impact [on sales].

“[Customer] interest is on the money [for the new Golf R] and we’re even expecting above that [on sales].

The latest-generation Golf R is the fastest and most technologically advanced version yet.

A new all-wheel-drive system incorporates torque vectoring that enables power to be distributed between the rear wheels not just the front and rear axles.

A Performance Front Brake system is also standard, along with an R drive mode button on the steering wheel that varies vehicle settings.

2022 volkswagen golf r hatch & wagon pricing and features for australia

This includes access to a new Drift mode offering power-oversteer driving for track-day enthusiasts by sending 100 per cent of rear torque to a single wheel.

The list of standard equipment extends with other highlights such as Matrix LED headlights, Estoril 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, metallic paint, Nappa leather ‘R’ sports seats, heated and ventilated front seats, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, three-zone climate control, and a Harman Kardon audio. The Golf R wagon adds an auto tailgate, while a panoramic glass sunroof is the sole option for both body styles.

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