Volkswagen Golf R spawns estate variant

Volkswagen Golf R Estate

Volkswagen has added a practical new estate to its Golf R model-range, which has been unveiled this week at the Los Angeles motor show.

The range-topping performance R model is already available in both three- and five-door hatchback guises, and the new estate model is due to arrive in UK showrooms next spring.

It shares the same 296bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and comes with VW's twin-clutch DSG automatic gearbox as standard. Power is sent to all four wheels for improved stability and traction.

Claimed performance figures for the R Estate include a 5.1 second 0-62mph sprint time – some 0.4 seconds slower than the hatchback – and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Combined fuel consumption is 40.3mpg, while CO2 emissions are rated at 163g/km.

The car's estate rear-end raises practicality levels by improving boot space by 262 litres over the standard five-door model, at 605 litres. Fold the rear seats down and that load space increases to 1620 litres.

Subtle styling tweaks such as a new R design bumper, gloss black diffusers and chromed quad exhaust tailpipes, leave passers-by in no doubt as to the R's performance bent.

Inside, the cabin is given a similarly sporting makeover, with Alcantara sports seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel amongst the highlights.

The Volkswagen Golf R hatchback held its own amongst some talented competition in AOL Cars' annual Road Test of the Year. Find out what we thought of it here.

Volkswagen Golf R Estate

Volkswagen Golf R Estate