Speed Week: The Hot Hatches
Aspirational, affordable, and with blistering performance. And perfect for the school run. What more could you possibly want?
Posted: 28 Jul 2014
That leaves us with the Golf R, which - in principle - has much in common with the S1: four-wheel drive, 2.0-litre turbo (yes, that one, albeit with a few mods) and VW Group genes. But obviously it's bigger, and uses the new MQB platform and latest generation of Haldex 4WD system. This year, we've already driven it on a frozen lake, through a wintry German forest and across the breadth of Britain. Each time, we've been rather impressed, not only with its excellent chassis but also with its sheer speed. Officially, it does the 0-62mph sprint in 4.9 seconds, but if you knock off 2mph and go for the good old 0-60mph metric, it'll get there in 4.5 seconds. Or so said our timing kit anyway.