Our Cars brief update: VW Golf R (month 12), CAR+ June 2016

Published: 01 May 2016

► A cracking time for ‘R’ Golf
► Time for a screen change
► Or two…

The Golf’s windscreen picked up a stone chip recently. Didn’t look too bad, but it spread like a fissure on the San Andreas Fault and after two days it was a foot long.

The windscreen replacement man said he’d never changed a heated VW windscreen, but he thought chips in all VW glass cracked faster than in, say, a BMW. ‘I reckon it’s because they’re making them so thin to save weight,’ he said. With that he popped in the new screen. Two days later a passing lorry flicked up a stone…


Logbook: Volkswagen Golf R

Price: £31,475 
As tested: £35,640 
Miles this month: 2916 
Total miles: 16,023 
Our mpg: 31.9
Official mpg: 39.8 
Fuel this month: £433.57
Extra costs: £0

Read more from the June 2016 issue of CAR magazine

By Ben Barry

Contributing editor, sideways merchant, tyre disintegrator