R is for refined

Volkswagen's facelifted Golf R may be too civilised for a 290hp, 4.6-second racer

The facelifted Volkswagen Golf R boasts daytime-running lights that double as turning winkers.
The facelifted Volkswagen Golf R boasts daytime-running lights that double as turning winkers.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO
The facelifted Volkswagen Golf R boasts daytime-running lights that double as turning winkers.
The facelifted Volkswagen Golf R boasts daytime-running lights that double as turning winkers.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

The hot hatch of old is dead. In its place is a performance car for all seasons - a practical family workhorse, a power symbol in the company carpark and, of course, a booming pocket rocket to burn some serious rubber with.

Volkswagen's current-generation Golf R is one such new-age hottie. It has just been facelifted, with the most prominent changes to the headlights. For efficiency, its daytime-running lights double as turning winkers - another wonder of LEDs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 03, 2018, with the headline 'R is for refined'. Subscribe