When I bought the car used with 25K miles, I checked the service history with my VW dealer and found out that it already had a replaced alternator, water pump, and one other component they couldn't determine. I started having rear drive problems after I bought it. Found out the Haldex unit was toast and was replaced under warranty. Although handling was excellent, the car was overweight and the AWD didn't fully compensate. Interior had the same groans and moans as my previous '03 Anniverary Edition GTI. The Ann. Edition was a better value for the money. Overall, the R32 provides a rewarding experience, but the premium is high, and reliability is a hit and miss proposition.
Torque. Speed is incredibly deceptive. 80 feels like about half that speed. Utility. Symphonic engine sound.
Having to replace the alternator, water pump, and Haldex unit within 26K miles is inexcusable. Excellent interior materials, but the factory needs to screw in the interior pieces better.