Golf R vs. Golf R

Yuri and Jakub compare manual and DSG models

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Yuri and Jakub, from The Straight Pipes, go for a drive. But it’s not just any old drive. This dynamic duo gives audiences straight up, no holds barred reviews of new and used cars. Recently, they pitted the 2018 Golf R manual against the 2018 Golf R DSG, which is our automatic transmission, against each other. The goal was to determine which is the better choice.

We realize that for many diehard sports car fans, manual is the only way to go. But recognizing that more and more families are opting for automatic transmissions, it didn’t seem fair that they miss out on all the fun. And so, 2018’s AJAC Award winner for best sports performance car, does come in your choice of manual or an automatic DSG transmission. And while you might think you know which is the right one for you, Yuri and Jakub’s review is worth a watch.

Why? Because it’s an honest, straightforward and candid review of everything Golf R offers, not just the transmissions. Get an up-close look at the digital cockpit, the infotainment system that connects you to Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, Golf R’s five available drive modes and hear about how the standard 4MOTION® All-Wheel drive performs. According to Yuri, “It’s fantastic, I fully know what it’s going to do all the time, It’s very controllable. I love this”.

Jakub, who favours the DSG equipped Golf R, loves the launch control – which when activated, gets to 100 kilometers per hour in just 4.6 seconds from a standstill.

The two even measure the Golf R against competitors, the Ford Focus RS, the Hyundai Veloster N, and the Honda Civic Type R and the Subaru WRX STI.

If you’re considering a new 2018 Golf R or are just looking for a sport performance car, this review is one not to be missed.

The conclusion? Well, as Yuri states, “I fully get it.” I get Volkswagen Golfs and I get Volkswagen. I have zero complaints. I love this car.”

It’s true. You have to drive it to get it.

Golf Family brings music to classrooms

Volkswagen partners with MusiCounts in support of music education.

There are few opportunities in school that bring all kids together. Music class is one of those opportunities. Yet, despite studies showing that kids who participate in music programs do better overall, support for music education in our schools is disappearing.

In March 2018, Volkswagen Canada partnered with MusiCounts, a charity whose mission is to ensure that all children and young people across Canada have access to music education. And while we’re not in the music business, we do know that having a quality sound system in our cars is an essential feature for our drivers. Why? Because music touches all of us. It has the power to positively impact our health and wellbeing. And we want to make sure that music continues to fill the cabins of our cars for generations to come. We need to support tomorrow’s musicians today.

The Golf Family of cars was on hand to facilitate the task of bringing $25,000 worth of musical instruments to five schools in need across Ontario. Five golf models, the Golf, Golf R, GTI, Golf SportWagen and Golf Alltrack, were paired with five exceptional music teachers who are everyday heroes in their communities. Watch the video to see the results of our contribution.

But the fun didn’t stop there. Each teacher was given access to their Golf for the day to experience the thrill of the drive. The results? Pure joy and lots of fun.

Toby Ley, Program Leader, Arts Program & Experiential Learning at DSBN Academy was given a Volkswagen Golf GTI. His favourite feature? “The speakers blew my mind.”

The Golf R made Sydney Singh, Instrumental Music Teacher at St. Aiden Catholic School, enjoy her drive to work a lot more that day.

Shannon Stevens, Primary Planning Time Teacher at WR Best Memorial Public School drove the VW Golf. Her favourite features were the sportiness, ease of parking and the large infotainment screen.

The Golf Alltrack took a ride on a dirty road thanks to Mike Fanning, Music Teacher at Michael Power St. Joseph High while Diane Winmill, Music Teacher at North Hastings High School enjoyed the Golf SportWagen’s ample cargo space, perfect for hauling instruments to and from school.

Through music education, children get access to creativity in a unique and sometimes, life changing way. We’re proud to have had the opportunity to support MusiCounts and this exceptional program.

* The score/music was performed/recorded by the children in the classrooms

* MusiCounts charity mission statement: To ensure all children and youth in Canada have access to music education