While these hot hatches each employ a turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine (with the Type R’s offering 228 kW and the Golf R’s delivering 235 kW), it’s by no means a fair fight.
The VW, you see, is fitted with all-wheel drive and a dual-clutch transmission, while the Honda is front driven, using a six-speed manual gearbox. The Golf R, too, boasts an extra 20 N.m (with its peak twisting force pegged at 420 N.m), though it is a touch heavier than its bewinged Japanese rival.
So, no prizes for guessing which hot hatch wins this one; nonetheless, it’s an interesting exercise.
Watch the video above to see the two contenders take part in a few drag battles, a race from a rolling start and a brake test…