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2022 Volkswagen Golf R wagon revealed: New Subaru WRX rival sticks the boot in with performance and practicality

The Golf R is available in wagon form once again.

Volkswagen has revealed the new-generation Golf R wagon, which will enter Australian showrooms alongside its hatchback sibling early next year, likely in February.

As reported, the new Golf R hatchback was unveiled last November, and it shares most of its bits inside and out with its wagon counterpart, although there are some obvious exceptions.

Thanks to its longer roofline, the wagon’s boot has a cargo capacity of 611L, although that can be expanded to an even more cavernous 1642L when the split-fold rear bench is stowed. Comparatively, the hatchback 'only' manages 374L to 1230L.

Better yet, the Subaru WRX-rivalling wagon’s main storage area is accessed via a hands-free power-operated tailgate and fitted with bag hooks, tie-down points, a luggage net and a 12V power outlet.

That said, there is a price to pay for practicality, with the wagon two tenths of a second slower in the zero-to-100km/h sprint than the hatchback, at a still spritely 4.9 seconds. Either way, top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h, although it can optionally be raised to 270km/h.

  • 2022 Volkswagen Golf R wagon 2022 Volkswagen Golf R wagon
  • 2022 Volkswagen Golf R wagon 2022 Volkswagen Golf R wagon

Of course, the wagon and hatchback share their 235kW/420Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, which is 22kW/40Nm more potent than the unit used by the previous Golf R.

A seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission is once again in tow alongside Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, although the latter now has a torque-vectoring rear differential that enables a ‘drift mode’.