The 2022 Golf R starts at $44,995.
Both models can be equipped with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG transmission.
These are the only Golf models coming to North America.
And Volkswagen promises that they will be the best-driving versions of each ever produced. Both the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R return to Canada more sophisticated than ever with an array of enhanced driving features and, importantly, more power.
The sporty and sportiest iterations of the all-new Mk8 Golf are powered by an updated version of the turbocharged EA888 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine. In the GTI, the output is rated at 241 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. In the R, that figure rises to an enticing 315 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque with the DSG transmission, or 280 lb-ft with the manual. Both hot hatches can be fitted with either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG automated manual transmission. The difference, as always, is that the power is sent to the front wheels in the GTI, and to all four wheels for the R.
One of the key elements supporting the fact that the new GTI and R will be remarkable cars to drive is the new Vehicle Dynamics Manager. The latter improves handling through the electronic stability control (ESC) with the electronic differential lock (XDS) in the GTI, and the available DCC adaptive damping system. For the R, the technology works with the 4MOTION AWD with rear-axle torque-vectoring.
The 2022 Golf GTI and Golf R are expected to reach Canadian dealers in Q4 2021. Here’s a breakdown of trims, features, options, and pricing for both cars from VW Canada’s press release:
The GTI starts at $31,495 MSRP with a manual transmission and $32,895 with the DSG. It features: standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; LED headlights, Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), front LED fog lights, and tail lights; illuminated door handle recesses; heated side mirrors with puddle lamps; KESSY®-Go push-button start; start/stop system (DSG only); automatic headlights; rain-sensing wipers; heated washer nozzles; perforated leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel with touch controls; shift paddles (DSG only); stainless steel pedal caps; Climatronic® Touch single-zone automatic climate control; “Scale paper Plaid” sport heated seats in cloth with integrated front head restraints; park distance control (front and rear); cloth door trim; 8″ MIB3 Composition Media infotainment; seven-speaker sound system; Bluetooth® connectivity and wireless charging for compatible devices; App-Connect smartphone integration; four USB-C ports (two front, two charge-only rear); Volkswagen Digital Cockpit Pro with 10.25-inch display; 30-colour ambient lighting; Volkswagen Car-Net® including four years of service; Side Assist blind-spot monitor with rear traffic alert; and rearview camera.
The entry GTI trim can be optioned with a panoramic sunroof and larger 18″ aluminum-alloy wheels, paired as a package for $1,350.
Building from the GTI trim, the GTI Autobahn starts at $34,995 with the manual and $36,395 for the DSG. Standard features include: LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS); illuminated grille; 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, KESSY keyless access; 10-inch MIB3 Discover Pro infotainment with navigation and simultaneous display in Digital Cockpit; voice control; wireless App-Connect for compatible devices; SiriusXM® with 360L (three-month trial); and Dynamic Road Sign Display.
The Autobahn can be optioned with a package including a panoramic sunroof, 19″ aluminum-alloy wheels with summer performance tires, and a 480-watt harman/kardon premium audio system, priced at $1,800.
The top-of-the-line GTI Performance models are priced at $38,995 for manual and $40,395 for DSG. Building from the Autobahn trim, standard features include: 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; summer performance tires; DCC adaptive damping; Vienna leather seating surfaces; ventilated front seats; heated rear seats; 12-way power driver seat with memory; leatherette door trim; three-zone Climatronic Touch with rear-seat controls; harman/kardon 480- watt premium audio system with nine speakers; Head-Up Display; Light Assist (High Beam Control for headlights); and Park Assist automatic parking assistant.
A panoramic sunroof can be selected as a stand-alone option on the GTI Performance trim for $1,250.
The Golf R is available in one single trim for 2022, priced at $44,995 MSRP for the manual transmission and $46,395 for the DSG automatic. A $1,250 panoramic sunroof is the sole available option. Golf R features standard DCC adaptive damping; R-Performance 4MOTION all-wheel drive with torque vectoring; 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with summer performance tires; 14-inch cross-drilled front brake rotors with blue painted dual-piston calipers and R logo; LED headlights with AFS; cornering and poor weather light; illuminated grille; matte aluminum side mirrors with puddle lamp “R” logo projection and memory; two-piece spoiler for rear downforce; KESSY keyless access with push- button start; start/stop system (DSG only); heated, perforated leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with touch controls and shortcut to special driving modes; R-specific shift paddles (DSG only); stainless steel pedal caps; Nappa leather sport seats with integrated headrests for front seats; leatherette door trim; 12- way power driver seat with memory; front and rear heated seats; ventilated front seats; three-zone Climatronic® Touch automatic climate control with rear controls; automatic headlights; rain-sensing wipers; heated washer nozzles; auto-dimming rearview mirror; Volkswagen Digital Cockpit Pro with 10.25-inch display; 10-inch MIB3 Discover Pro infotainment with navigation and simultaneous display in Digital Cockpit; voice control; harman/kardon 480-watt premium audio system with nine speakers; wireless charging and wireless App- Connect for compatible devices; four USB-C ports (two front, two charge-only rear); Volkswagen Car-Net including four years of service; SiriusXM® with 360L (three-month All Access trial); head-up display; 30-colour ambient lighting; IQ.DRIVE suite (Emergency Assist DSG only); Dynamic Road Sign Display; Light Assist (High Beam Control for headlights); and Park Assist automatic parking assistant with front and rear Park Distance Control.