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Golf R wins top honours from both Top Gear and Autocar!

Posted on 5 Dec 2014
The Golf R has been awarded Hot Hatch of the Year 2014 in Top Gear magazine’s awards issue and voted the best of ‘Britain’s Top 50 Cars’ in last week’s issue of Autocar magazine (26 November).

Top Gear - Hot Hatch of the Year 2014

In its awards issue, Top Gear magazine paid compliments to its hot hatch winner:

“Volkswagen has taken the already excellent GTI and left no stone unturned in its pursuit of improvement.”

“It is the car that can do everything – 40 mpg cruiser, upmarket business chariot, winter weapon; it’s a genuine thrill provider.”

“Congratulations Volkswagen – the result of your efforts is the best hot hatch on sale today.”

Autocar - best of ‘Britain’s Top 50 Cars’

Three Volkswagen models made it into the top 50:


  • Number 1 - Golf R
  • Number 11 - Golf 2.0 TDI
  • Number 43 - up! 1.0 5dr

Autocar sang the Golf R’s praises:

“It’s a Golf. How could we? It’s like having the world’s greatest haute couturiers at your feet and asking if anyone has seen the Boden catalogue.”

“How do we know how good this car is? Because the tougher you test it, the better it feels.”

“This may just look like a Golf in running gear with slightly sharper spikes, but it’s not: it’s a landmark in real-world performance car design.”

Read the Autocar article in pdf form below.

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