Volkswagen Golf R (2014-2020): dimensions and boot space

Width, length, height, boot size and interior space: every important measurement you could want to know for the Volkswagen Golf R

Matt Rigby
Oct 19, 2021

The VW Golf R is a true multi-tasker of the car world. It offers sports car performance, family car practicality, and is even a relatively economical long-distance cruiser, all in one package.

With 300hp and four-wheel-drive, it’s entertaining to drive on a twisty road and yet delivers exactly the same sort of everyday comfort and practicality you’d expect of a car like, well, a VW Golf hatchback.

That means plenty of space for two adults up front and two adults in comfort - or three at a bit of a squeeze - in the rear seats. Meanwhile, a boot that’s big enough for a weekend away or all the weekly shopping completes the practical picture. And for those who need more carrying capacity, there’s always the big-booted estate model.

This version of the VW Golf Golf R was launched in 2014, though it’s almost identical in its dimensions inside and out to its newer successor. You can find Volkswagen Golf Rs on BuyaCar from £0 per month with PCP finance. Read on for more details about the Golf R's dimensions and boot space.


Volkswagen Golf R dimensions

The Golf R is 4.3 metres long, 1.8 metres wide (2.02 metres if you include the door mirrors) and 1.5 metres tall. This puts it on a par with most other hot hatchbacks and means that it’s a great size for everyday life - big enough to be spacious inside while maintaining compact dimensions that ensure it’s manoeuvrable in tight car parks or busy city streets.

The Honda Civic Type R is a little longer than the Golf R, which is mostly reflected in a large boot - keep reading for more information on this - but if boot space is an issue for you then there’s always the Golf R Estate model, which has a whopping 605-litre boot.

Volkswagen Golf R4,276mm1,799mm1,436mm

Volkswagen Golf R boot space

The Volkswagen Golf R loses a little of its boot space due to the four-wheel-drive hardware under the boot floor. This means it has 343 litres of space on offer rather than the 380 litres you get in the regular Golf hatchback. Fold the rear seats and you still get a decent 1,233 litres of room, though, making this a practical car.

Strangely, the estate model doesn’t lose any of its boot space to the four-wheel-drive mechanical bits, which means that it offers 605 litres of room with the rear seats up and 1,620 litres with the seats down - the same as the other models in the Golf Estate range.

Most rivals offer a similar amount of boot space, but the larger Honda Civic Type R does offer significantly more room with 478 litres of space.

Boot spaceSeats upSeats down
Volkswagen Golf R343 litres1,233 litres
Volkswagen Golf R Estate605 litres1,620 litres


Volkswagen Golf R towing capacity

Unfortunately, due to the design of the rear bumpers and exhaust pipes, VW doesn’t fit a tow bar to the rear of the Golf R in either hatchback or estate form, so it’s impossible to tow a trailer with one. However, the regular Golf hatchback can tow up to 1,600kg and the estate models up to 2,000kg for the Alltrack version, so consider one of these if towing is essential for you and you like the look of the Golf.

A smallish hatchback isn’t generally ideal for towing duties, however, so for more serious hauling, the larger and heavier VW Tiguan SUV or even the supersized Touareg, if you can afford one, might make more sense.

Volkswagen Golf R weight

The kerb weight figure for a car signifies how heavy it’s likely to be in the real world. This takes into account all the fluids in the engine, plus a tank of fuel and an extra 75kg, which represents the weight of a driver.

The specific weight of any car will vary depending on the equipment that is fitted to that particular model. Systems which often add a substantial amount of weight include four-wheel-drive and automatic gearboxes. In general, the heavier a car is, the less agile it will feel around corners and the more fuel it will consume, but this can be accounted for to some extent with carefully devised suspension settings and by having a more powerful engine.

In the case of the VW Golf R, the kerb weight is 1,476kg, while the larger estate version is heavier, as you'd expect, at 1,574kg. This means that both models are heavier than most two-wheel-drive alternatives, though they aren't particularly weighty in themselves.

Volkswagen Golf R1,476kg - 1,574kg



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