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Clever touches like hiding the reversing camera under the pop-out VW badge are a godsend in winter – but then again, you’ve got to pay extra for the back-up camera in the first place. And heated seats. And a head-up display. Seems a bit stingy, right? Volkswagen is saving billions on manufacturing all those useful little buttons these days…

Standard kit includes tri-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, heated auto-dimming mirrors, VW’s ‘travel assist’ semi-autonomous driving aid, adaptive cruise control, the 10-inch touchscreen with DAB radio, parking sensors, connected car services, and all-LED lights.

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The R rides 20mm lower than a regular Golf, and you get bigger brakes with lighter calipers than the old car, to reduce unsprung mass. They remain blue, whether you stick with the standard white paint or shell out for black (£690) or blue (£835).

Of course, as an extension (literally) to the range, there is the Golf R Estate for all you junior Audi RS6 fans. Or if you want to sit a little higher and have more buttons on hand, don’t forget the oddball T-Roc R is now a thing, for some reason.

Be aware too that if you fancy the Performance Pack (when it eventually returns and the 20 Years goes off sale), that’s not a shortcut to all of the Golf R’s juiciest options. DCC adaptive suspension still costs an extra £850, and you need £3,500 for the lightweight Akrapovic exhaust. Given the previous car’s reputation, maybe set aside a few quid for a steering lock, GPS tracker, driveway floodlights and a particularly hungry Doberman too.

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