Is the VW Golf R better with a manual or automatic gearbox?

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As far as hot hatches go, the market is not lacking options that come in all shapes, sizes and power outputs. But let's say you're set on VW's Golf R – should you stick to the manual or get the DSG instead?

Buying a hot hatch nowadays is not an easy choice. Honda has the Civic Type R, Ford's Focus RS is worth having a look at, then there's the Renault Megane R.S., the Seat Leon Cupra 300, Hyundai i30 N and, of course, the VW Golf R.

And we didn't even go a step higher to the premium arena, populated by the likes of Mercedes-AMG A45, Audi RS3 Sportback and BMW M140i.

But let's come back to the main culprit here, the VW Golf R. It uses a 2-liter turbocharged engine (292 hp, 280 lb-ft) which sends its resources to all four wheels through the 4Motion all-wheel-drive setup.

Other gimmicks include the DCC adaptive chassis control system, but so far, things are rather straightforward. The question is: do you tick the box next to the six-speed manual transmission or the one next to the DSG automatic gearbox?

Well, maybe TheStraightPipes and their video below can answer that question for you.

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