The thought of ‘the last word household automobile’ has kicked across the automobile fanatic area for many years, usually shifting with the occasions. The premise is straightforward; which automobile offers you the best mixture of efficiency, practicality, and funky. Ten or 20 years in the past it would’ve been a Holden Commodore
SS. As of late you’d assume the Audi RS 6 may fee extremely, and even the Ford Ranger Raptor.
Volkswagen’s best entry might effectively be this; the newly unveiled Golf R wagon. It predictably takes all of the elements from Veedub’s all-wheel
drive sizzling hatch and sprinkles an added layer of spaciousness, with only a trace of I-have-a-wagon bragging factors.
Chopping straight to the chase, the R wagon’s prolonged rear is able to wolfing down 611 litres of stuff with the again seats up, and 1,642 litres with the
again row folded flat. That is very, very near what you possibly can match at the back of a Tiguan (615 litres/1,655 litres), at the very least on paper.
There’s toys in there, too. The boot will get a 230-volt socket for plugging in vacuum cleaners and the like, plus a palms free electrical tailgate, a retractable
tow-bar bracket, and numerous bag hooks and eyes for tying issues down.
Volkswagen has all the time finished a pleasant job in adapting the Golf form into wagon proportions, and issues are not any completely different with this R. It’s a svelte and tidy
wanting design, with generously proportions quad exhaust ideas and huge, lacy wheels being the principle indicators that this wagon is a sleeper.
The additional wheelbase isn’t instantly noticeable on the surface however, due to a heap of additional legroom, needs to be extra noticeable inside.
Past the again finish, nearly all the pieces else concerning the R wagon is a carryover from the hatch equal. Identical next-gen inside, full with haptic
suggestions steering wheel controls and blue highlights within the upholstery.
It’s powered by the identical engine, too. The two.0-litre four-cylinder turbo produces 235kW of energy and 420Nm of torque, with Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel
drive (with torque vectoring) making certain loads of traction is available always. Energy is dealt with by a seven-speed twin clutch.
These involved most with efficiency will favour the hatch over the wagon, as it may hit 100km/h two tenths faster than the wagon (4.7 seconds versus
4.9 seconds), with prime pace being similar between the 2 (250km/h commonplace, 270km/h in the event you get the R Efficiency package deal.
However, for the remaining who need one thing that’ll cater for a couple of adults, a canine, and far more, the wagon might be the best way to go.