It's a tech fest.
America might not be getting the vanilla Volkswagen Golf, but we sure are happy that the Golf GTI and its hardcore brother the Volkswagen Golf R are attainable. Now in its eighth generation, the GTI is one of the world's most beloved performance cars and has continued to impress over the years. The latest GTI and Golf R to come out of the VW stable are more impressive than ever, and the Golf R for one punches way above its weight. Both these cars feature a ton of new technology, and Volkswagen is especially proud of its new "digital interior" that will, according to the manufacturer, revolutionize the way occupants will interact with the car.
Both the GTI and Golf R feature entirely new electronic architecture, and the digital experience starts as soon as you open the door. Firstly , the sporty start button pulses red, before the car is started, after which the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit Pro instrument cluster and infotainment screens light up. The cluster display shows driver date, car status, phone info, and more, and cars equipped with the Discover Pro infotainment system with navigation can display a full screen map on both the digital cluster and 10-inch center display.
The graphics and layout on these displays have been specially developed for the GTI and Golf R, and the new view button, located on the steering wheel displays the rev counter with the GTI or R logo in the middle, flanked by your choice of power output, boost pressure and more when pressed.
The Golf R comes standard with "R-View" which displays a horizontal rev counter at the top edge of the display, and in manual mode displays shift recommendations. R-view can also display gearbox temperature, G-meter, lap timer, and torque distribution. Other digital features include an optional head-up display, a digital panel next to the steering wheel for light and defrosting functions, and touch sliders are used to adjust air temp and certain air conditioning settings.
The multi-function steering wheel also features new controls, such as touchpads for audio settings, a Travel Assist button for partially-automated hands-on driving, and on Golf R models, the R button which allows you to select your driving mode. A hard press on the R Mode button activates race mode. Both models come standard with multi-color ambient lighting, and the infotainment screen and cluster match the color of the interior lighting, with many pre-configured mood profiles on offer. Not only are these proper sports cars, but they pack a serious tech punch to boot.