2004 Volkswagen R32 Consumer Review: Drawbacks Wouldn't Have Change

2004 Volkswagen R32 - Consumer Review

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Base 2dr Hatchback (3.2L V6 AWD 6-speed Manual)

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Drawbacks Wouldn't Have Changed My Mind
By Jano on


2004 Volkswagen R32 2dr Hatchback (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


Letting the clutch slip out into first gear proves to you that the R32 is a torque monger. Accelerating hard out of 1st, revving to 6K, will only take you to roughly 20 mph. Into 2nd gear (revs only drop to 5K) and the car blasts you to 40 mph. A shift to 3rd is necessary to get you to 60 under 6 secs --and there's not much left in REVs before having to shift to fourth and beyond. Cruising 80 @ 3200 Cornering is great. If you're switching from a regular sedan then the R will impress. If you've already got torsion bars and a lowered ride, then you'll look to improve the R's cornering. The hatch fits my road bike without having to remove my rear wheel. The rack fits my longboard

Best Features

The leather steering wheel is the best on the road! The interior is the best at this price point. The Blue dash lights are very impressive. The engine sounds grrrrreat. Purrs beautifully when starting cold. Warm, the exhaust comes to life at 3500 rpms. Seat adjustment is very precise.

Worst Features

Second gear is MUCH too short. The transmission drives like a five speed that was dissected into a six speed. Shifting to 3rd at 50 mph is no good. I wish 2nd had a longer pull --to 65+. More storage space is needed inside the cockpit. Rack accessories are very expensive and poorly designed!
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