RE: 2021 Volkswagen Golf R | UK Review

RE: 2021 Volkswagen Golf R | UK Review

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WD-40

98 posts

95 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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I've always hated the quad tailpipes on the Mk7 and I think they look even worse, or out of place, on the Mk8

Motormatt

338 posts

181 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Augustus Windsock said:
Yeah but that’s the car being driven by village idiots with brains even smaller than their man vegetables, and who care not one jot at putting other road users, and pedestrians, at risk of serious injury or worse.
Rather than engineering-in a drift mode, it’s a shame the Tefal-heads at VW didn’t spend more time and €€€ working on ways to stop the R being nicked with such monotonous regularity....
Agreed, its scandalous that new cars are so easy to steal. All the tech and resource at the disposal of the worlds biggest companies and we're still relying on an 80's steering lock to do the job properly.

Still, should make for interesting viewing when the village idiots work out which of the 15 individual suspension settings is best for tackling inner city speed humps at triple digit speeds and which is best for light off-roading?

Jcwjosh

459 posts

75 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Had a bog standard mk8 behind me on the m25 the other night, that light strip across the front bumper looks awful..


ChrisCh86

162 posts

7 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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No heated windscreen on the standard configuration or even as an option?

ZX10R NIN

20,360 posts

88 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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It's not expensive compared to the competition but it is a bit low on spec.

HardMiles

203 posts

49 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Another car for true dullards that don't actually like driving! YAWN!

Why not a write up on the new Noble or something that needs a driver to be at the helm, as opposed to a financed 12 years olds pops n farts mobile.

7n8n

579 posts

153 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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HardMiles said:
Another car for true dullards that don't actually like driving! YAWN!

Why not a write up on the new Noble or something that needs a driver to be at the helm, as opposed to a financed 12 years olds pops n farts mobile.
Good effort.

2 sMoKiN bArReLs

26,142 posts

198 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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HardMiles said:
Another car for true dullards that don't actually like driving! YAWN!

Why not a write up on the new Noble or something that needs a driver to be at the helm, as opposed to a financed 12 years olds pops n farts mobile.
hehe Been sniffing the glue again?

cerb4.5lee

17,803 posts

143 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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2 sMoKiN bArReLs said:
HardMiles said:
Another car for true dullards that don't actually like driving! YAWN!

Why not a write up on the new Noble or something that needs a driver to be at the helm, as opposed to a financed 12 years olds pops n farts mobile.
hehe Been sniffing the glue again?
It put a smile on my face at least! biggrin

2 sMoKiN bArReLs

26,142 posts

198 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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cerb4.5lee said:
2 sMoKiN bArReLs said:
HardMiles said:
Another car for true dullards that don't actually like driving! YAWN!

Why not a write up on the new Noble or something that needs a driver to be at the helm, as opposed to a financed 12 years olds pops n farts mobile.
hehe Been sniffing the glue again?
It put a smile on my face at least! biggrin
hehe and me!

Court_S

4,035 posts

140 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Brian_the_Snail said:
wab172uk said:
Boring to look at. Crap interior. No nobs or buttons, and no manual option. How much ?????

If I had to have a car in that sector, I think I'd rather have an A35 AMG.
I'll be swapping from am A35 AMG to a Mk 8 R in June and hoping that the Mk 8 is better built than the A35. My wife nick named our current car 'Rattley' the A35 build quality is that bad.
Doesn’t surprise me to hear that about the A35. A colleague’s wife has an A250 AMG and when I’ve been in it, I’ve been surprised at how flimsy the interior is. It might look very modern and whizzy with the big screens, but when you start touching stuff it’s a bit rubbish. They’ve had various bits of trim making a bid for freedom.

The review seems pretty positive but I’m struggling to get too excited about the Mk8.

digimeistter

5,744 posts

172 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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RelentlessForwardProgress said:
Just looked at this on the configurator- available in a massive 3 colours! The GTI looked to be 6 or 7. Nothing more interesting than a metallic red and the ubiquitous dark blue.

Oops, just saw someone had already noticed this.
Yes, this is what's concerning me. That and the DSG only option.

I also have a 7.5 310 with manual, (I really like a manual shift) and I will be sorry to see it go.

Car looks great but I'd like a different colour if I have to accept DSG

fantheman80

281 posts

12 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Defo needs the performance pack with the larger wheels and spoiler, give it a bit of presence

Id have liked to have heard dan how it compared to the Clubsport you recently reviewed, i.e. what is the best performance golf - sure thats to come

Serious money though with the performance pack and DCC chosen, and not special enough for that money even on an attractive PCP.

996GT3_Matt

128 posts

167 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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macky17 said:
HazzaT said:
macky17 said:
"It mightn't steer with the clarity of the last Golf R".

Always surprises me when I read something like this. I owned a mk7 R for 2 years and the inconsistency of the steering is why I sold it. Hate to think the new one manages to be worse. May just be me.
I have heard people say the steering improved in the facelift, maybe that's where this comes from
Yeah perhaps. Mine was pre-facelift.
I hear you macky17.

I owned a facelift (mk7.5 DSG) for 8 months and couldn't gel with it. I was reluctant to sell the car because its a handsome and appealing product but after persevering for long enough to appease my wife, I moved on.

A manual would have possibly added a layer of interaction, but ultimately it was the steering that killed if for me - totally lifeless. Dan draws exactly the same conclusion in reviewing the Clubsport last week (around 12 minutes in if memory serves).

Matt

andygo

5,879 posts

218 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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No 3 door option. Completely off my wish list, having sold my 7.5r 3 door recently might have been tempted. Also, as many people have pointed out, the absence of tactile switches is a big off putter. My wifes Audi is also pretty poor with tiny, tiny knobs (yeah yeah..) that are difficult to see.

What is the matter with car makers these days? It's like some people you see walking about in weird clothes, clearly got up and dressed in the dark at a charity shop..

hungry_hog

1,250 posts

151 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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why is it such as a target over something like (say) an A45 or Focus RS?

ajap1979

4,617 posts

150 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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CrippsCorner said:
That R-Performance Package sounds like terrible value to be honest; I definitely wouldn't be adding that.
Dan fails to mention that it’s also the only way of stopping the car from auto-upshifting at the redline. For that reason alone I’d spec it.

ajap1979

4,617 posts

150 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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hungry_hog said:
why is it such as a target over something like (say) an A45 or Focus RS?
Target?

TameRacingDriver

14,104 posts

235 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Does it come with an optional bullet proof jacket or stab vest?

fantheman80

281 posts

12 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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hungry_hog said:
why is it such as a target over something like (say) an A45 or Focus RS?
Because of the sheer numbers sold. Parts business, shady body shops, yoofs on eBay..