The 2020 Volkswagen Golf will not have an R trim in the United States.
This will come as a bit of a blow to hatchback lovers here in North America, but Volkswagen has decided to pull the plug early on the Golf R ahead of its eventual redesign for the 2021 model year. Sadly, rumors of a super Golf R with 400 horsepower aren’t turning out to be true, at least here in West.
Currently, the Mk7 Golf R is one of the hottest hatchbacks you can buy. With a 2.0-L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine putting down 288 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, few other compact cars can even keep up. Zero to sixty is done in under 5 seconds, while standard features such as all-wheel-drive, adaptive cruise control, and automatic rain-sensing wipers made it as luxurious as it is quick.
But hot hatches don't sell in the US, so rather than tweak the Golf R for 2020, VW decided to just drop it altogether.
According to Motor Authority, the Golf R will not come back for 2020. Instead, the best version of the Golf will be called the "Value Edition", and will include things like Wi-Fi, keyless entry, heated seats, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The battery-powered e-Golf will be available in SE and SEL Premium trims, while the Golf GTI will come in S and SE trims.
Earlier in July, Volkswagen announced that the station wagon versions of the Golf, the SportWagen and Alltrack, will not be available for the 2020 model year either. Apparently, the only thing less popular than a hatchback these days is a stretched out hatchback.
“SUVs have definitely assumed the mantle of family haulers from the station wagons and minivans we remember from our childhoods,” said Scott Keogh, President and CEO of Volkswagen of America. “But as we look towards the future, both our expanded SUV lineup and the upcoming ID. family of electric vehicles will bring the opportunity to combine the style and space people want in a variety of ways.”
The good news is that the Golf R is expected to return for the 2021 model year on the Mk8 Golf, which is set to debut at the end of the year and be available starting next year.