For me, the R32 is all about easy-to-
drive performance. Everything about
the car - the steering, clutch, gas,
gearshift, and brakes - requires only
a very light touch.
I find myself dipping into the
throttle just to hear the engine, and
zipping around turns just to feel the
car cling to the road. The downside of
this is that gas mileage suffers as a
The brushed aluminum look of the
interior and highly bolstered seats
make seattime very enjoyable.
On the downside, the wheels get dirty
very quickly, and the interior is
small for 4. Also, the car drones when
cruising above 80mph.
The exhaust note and handling of this
car are superb. I really enjoy the
steering feel, and the overall
surefootedness of the car. The seats
are wonderful and very, very
6th gear could be slightly taller for
cruising and better gas mileage, and
it would be nice if the headliner was
made of a brighter, less "fuzzy"
material - more like an Audi.
I purchased this car to replace my 1.8t
GTI. I was moving from New Jersey to
Montana, and wanted a sports car with
AWD, to help get me to the Ski resorts
in sporty style. This car is Awesome, I
have owned 9 cars over the past 17
years, the last 4 cars were
volkswagen's. This car is simply the
best I have ever owned. Great traction
in the Rain and Snow (as long as you
have appropriate tires, the stock tires
are NOT for winter), and a 241 hp v6
engine that is faster than most cars.
All the styling extras that one would
put on a normal Golf or Gti, if one was
inclined to do so (including front side
and rear spoilers). A truly MEAN
sounding exhaust note. Add to that the
AWD and the fact that you'll only see
5000 of them in the US, and this is an
Exhaust flapper which limits sound
level at lower RPM's in accordance with
German law has to be done away with.
Many owners in the US have already
modified this "feature" by themselves.
A $30k Golf that's worth every penny!
A month after purchase in ATL I took a
road trip to Salt Lake City. The
interior creature comforts and overall
driveability were superb on the long
sedate stretches of I-40. Cruise
control kept the MPG in the upper 20s,
not bad for averaging 75-85 mph. On
the twisting canyon roads outside of
Sandy UT the Goodyear Eagle F1s
combined with the awesome AWD
performance made the car feel as if it
were on rails. And of course I had to
take it out to the salt flats to see if
the max speed reported by Car & Driver
(128 mph) was correct. I was able to
attain 135 mph before it maxed out at
5400 rpm. Wow, 8k miles in two months
and every one has been a blast!
Koenig leather sport seats, smooth and
pure V-6 power and torque, sound of the
perfectly tuned dual exhaust (I drive
with the stereo off most of the time
now), and handling on mountain roads.
And with only 5000 R32s in the US I
feel like a member of a special and
elite group of performance drivers!
No pop-out cup holders like I had on
my '02 GTi but they can be installed
(see VW Vortex website). Wish Euro-
spec HID headlights were an option.
The top speed governor sucks but hey,
this is the USA. Changing factory
tires/wheels to a winter-capable set up
would be expensive, glad I live in ATL!
I just purchased a R32 and I
previously owned a Mitsubishi
Evolution VIII.The R32 might be
slightly slower than the Evo but I
have felt that the R32 drives nicer
and feels more solid.Overall, I must
say that the Evo VIII is way over
rated and that the R32 so far is
living up to my expectations.
6 speed manual transmission,great
sport seats,great exhaust sound,18'
wheels,good sport tires by goodyear
F1's,has good stability
Improve the quality of the stereo
system.It seems a little weak and
needs better styling and
functions.Clutch seems a little weak
feels to soft and does not have enough
pressure behind it so you no when your