Check out Chris Harris as he puts the BMW and Volkswagen head to head.
The Golf R is powered by a EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This will produce 290 brake horsepower.
Both vehicles aim to produce in the neighborhood of 300 horsepower, with the BMW taking the edge with 320 hp. However, the Golf R gets standard all-wheel drive, which is an option on the M235i.
Check out the video yourself and see what you think: