Our favorite car magazine Car & Driver tests the 2016 VW Golf R manual transmission and, well, likes it.
The only genuine criticism of the R, excluding any subjective critiques of the styling, is the cost. The toughest thing the R has going for it is the existence of the GTI. Our test car cost nearly $39,000—basically double the price of a base Golf. Granted, this car is close to twice as good as a base Golf, but is it 50 percent better than a $26,000 GTI? Buyers make that call, but there’s no denying the greatness here.
Naturally, it’s slower that the DSG automatic R.