VW Golf R Variant
RRP from EUR 54,175, savings of up to EUR 10,758
Cupra Leon Sports Tourer VZ 2.0 TSI 4Drive
RRP from EUR 46,270, savings of up to EUR 6,871
The Cupra must keep a respectful distance
Despite the difference in price, both have the same hot heart. The current high-pressure variant of the turbo four-cylinder called EA888 evo4 gets 320 hp from two liters of working volume in the Golf and 310 hp in the Cupra. The torque also differs slightly, 400 to 420 Newton meters. How do the different numbers come about? It is said that the Golf has been given a little more boost pressure.
With all-wheel drive, the Golf drives more effort
Transmission? Both with seven-speed dual clutch. four wheel drive? As in the predecessor, the proven 4Drive system works in the Spaniard, electronically controlled with a Haldex clutch and variable power distribution.
The VW has much more exciting things to offer. A new Gaudi all-wheel drive called Torque Splitter was installed here. works how? Thanks to a newly developed rear axle drive, the drive power is not only “mixed” variably between the front and rear axles as in the Cupra, but depending on the setting and requirements, the drive torque is also distributed between the right and left rear wheels. An integrated driving dynamics manager keeps all the threads together and ensures the perfect curve kick.
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kW (HP) at 1/min
Nm at 1/min
brakes in front
brake disc material
Wheel size front – rear
Tire size front – rear
Exhaust gas CO2*
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Seven-speed double clutch
Seven-speed double clutch
Both also pack everyday life well
Landing gear? Both stand on 19-inch wheels and 15-way adjustable adaptive suspension, unfortunately optional on the Golf. brakes? The VW with perforated 357 discs in front. The Cupra comes to the test with the 370 millimeter large, optional Brembo system.
For the sake of completeness, we don’t want to leave the luggage compartment volume unmentioned: the slightly shorter Golf swallows between 611 and 1642 liters, the rear compartment of the Cupra is approximately the same size at 620 to 1600 liters.
The Cupra is easier to use
But now to the even more important things and off to the swarm of curves. So kids and suitcases out, invite a motivated driver. Sit down and feel good with both. In any case, the seating position is nice and deep, and the Cupra’s seating is better than in the Wolfsburg with its lateral support and comfort.
The Leon cockpit has a slightly simpler design and is easier to use, with less touches and the like than in the Golf. And the Spaniard even has a real ESP button in the center console.
0-402.34 m (quarter mile)
60-100 km/h in the 4th/5th gear
80-120 km/h in the 5th/6th gear
80-120 km/h in 7th gear
100-0 km/h cold (m/s²)
100-0 km/h warm (m/s²)
200-0 km/h warm (m/s²)
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Balance front axle/rear axle
Also good: start button and driving mode switch on the steering wheel. When started, the Leon jumps into life acoustically rather hesitantly, while the Golf reports with bassy exhaust bangs.
In the sport modes, both are supported by a sound generator, with the VW applying almost too thick and boomy. You can see how the two sports suits drive in the picture gallery!