315-HP 2022 Volkswagen Golf R Priced at $44,640

The VW Golf R is new for 2022 and starts at $44,640. Power comes from

  • The VW Golf R is new for 2022 and starts at $44,640.
  • Power comes from a 315-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive.
  • U.S. Volkswagen dealerships should start receiving the 2022 Golf R by the end of 2021.

    Enthusiasts who want more performance than what the standard Golf GTI offers will soon have the 2022 Golf R to choose from, as the ultimate VW hot hatch prepares to reenter the U.S. market in late 2021 following a two-year hiatus. The wait promises to be worth it, as the redesigned Golf R boasts a more powerful, 315-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system.

    The Golf R will be offered essentially as a monospec car with few options, and its starting price is a heady $44,640. For that amount, you’ll get Nappa leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, three-zone automatic climate control, heated front and rear seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an an all-digital dashboard with a 10.0-inch infotainment system and a 10.3-inch digital gauge display.

    A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is available for $800. Aside from the AWD system, a number of other performance-enhancing standard features set the Golf R apart from the less expensive and less powerful Golf GTI, such as 19-inch wheels with summer tires, adaptive dampers, and larger front brakes.

    The Golf R looks more upscale, too, with its matte-aluminum side mirror caps, illuminated grille, blue-painted brake calipers, and a smattering of R logos, including one that’s projected from the car’s puddle lamp onto the ground below.

    Volkswagen says the new Golf R will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2021 and will arrive around the same time as the Golf GTI. Once they arrive, the dynamic duo from Wolfsburg will take on a crop of competitive sport compact cars such as the Honda Civic Type R, the Hyundai Veloster N, the Mini Cooper JCW, and the Subaru WRX.

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