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Review: Volkswagen Golf R hatchback is lively and handsome but loud
Review: Volkswagen Golf R hatchback is lively and handsome but loud

Volkswagen's new Golf R is either an overpriced hatchback or a cheapskate Audi. The most expensive of VW's Golf hatchback lineup, and more powerful than its GTI, the R model borrows the powertrain from the upmarket Audi S3 sedan and merges it with a taut, redesigned Golf body. The sporty R is the only all-wheel-drive model in the Golf lineup, and also the only model capable of chasing after AWD rivals such as Subaru's WRX STI and Ford's upcoming Focus RS. Starting at $37,415, this mature, refined rally-inspired car lacks the huge rear wing of the Subaru and the overwrought vents and bumpers on the Ford. Instead, the Golf R plays it cool with low-key front and rear...

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