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2008 Volkswagen R32 Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

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Base 3.2L V6 AWD 6-speed Automated Manual - (46 reviews )

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Best Small Car in the World
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By Peter Wechsler
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2008 Volkswagen R32 Hatchback 2dr Hatchback AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6AM)


Review

I am the #1 fan of VW/Audi vehicles and have owned both brands for years. They both make world class vehicles. VW has hit a home run with the R32. I just took possession of the car and the driving experience is incredible. It has all the safety option you need: ABS, AWD, 6 airbags, ESP, seat belt pretensioners, and the list goes on and on. The build and quality in unsurpassed. The AWD and the VR rated tires make this a great handling car. The interior is plush and well thought out. Although I would have like to see 300 hp, the 250 hp V6 engine is sufficient, unless you are racing the car. The car is rock solid throughout. i opted for the car without navigation.


Best Features

Blue paint, sound system, the security of having all the safety features, handling, DSG, firm seats, ease of driving, VR rated tires and 18" wheels, the fit and finish and the fact it's a VW.


Worst Features

Better radio screen, better navigation system, more horsepower, compass, power memory seats, manual transmissions.


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What a great car
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By ITworks
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2008 Volkswagen R32 Hatchback 2dr Hatchback AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6AM)


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Over the years I have owned or purchased a number of performance vehicles, a short summary: 1997 BMW M3, 2001 BMW M Coupe, 2003 Honda S2000, 2006 Porsche Boxster S. I do have to say the R32 doesn't quite hit the handling and performance of some of these cars, but it does something none of them could do (with the exception of the 97 M3) and that is provide performance and practicality. It certainly beats the M3 in bad weather because of AWD, but in pure head banging acceleration, you won't get it with the R32. What you will get is manners, knowing that the car in under your control, not the other way around, which happens when people buy too much car for their capability. The R32 is great!


Best Features

The seats are very supportive, engine sounds like it wants to be your friend, not afraid to speak up. The handling fits in that "go cart" area, the DSG is unbelievable. Everyone knows this car is based on the Rabbit, but that's like comparing an Audi A4 with and Audi S4, there is none!!!!


Worst Features

The navigation system is difficult to navigation and program. It is not intuitive, get rid of it and work with Garmin (no I don't work for Garmin.


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Worth the extra cash
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By scotts968
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2008 Volkswagen R32 Hatchback 2dr Hatchback AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6AM)


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Great car, lots of power and the all wheel drive is very tight. Much better than my Porsche. It's worth the extra cash and has a great resale value.


Best Features

All wheel drive


Worst Features

Back windows should open


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Engine hesitance.
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By SBDGE
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2008 Volkswagen R32 Hatchback 2dr Hatchback AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6AM)


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Approx. three weeks after receiving vehicle it started to hesitate periodically. After documenting fuel- ups and problem occurrences I brought it to the dealership. Was told I probably topped it off. I probably did. Not an issue with my four previous GTI's. Dealership replaced a faulty charcoal canister unit and purge valve. Was given a rental. They were excellent. Filled it up today. (Repaired on 4/28/08) Engine malfunction light never went on. Will see what happens this weekend.


Best Features

It's stylish without going overboard. All the creature comforts.


Worst Features

Mileage..A bit more horse power. Compass not available if no navigation unit.


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Fuel tank defect?
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By Robert
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2008 Volkswagen R32 Hatchback 2dr Hatchback AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6AM)


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I have had my 2008 R32 since December 07. In February of 08 the car stalled on me at a red light, and the check engine light came on. I had to put the car in PARK to start it again. Several times after, the car hesitated on acceleration. I told my dealer about this problem and made an appointment. The car stalled on them 3 times on testing. It ended up being the fuel canister (it was soaked), and was replaced. I was given a rental car. I am now experiencing the same problem, and will be taking the car back to the dealer this week (4/18/08), for what I suspect is the same problem. Has anyone else had this problem w/ their 2008 R32? Could this be a design flaw?


Best Features

Comfort and sound system. Although, I do agree with the comments about the rattling on the driver side door when the bass is turned up. The exhaust system has a nice deep sound.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage. Footrest should've had a "rally" plate installed, to round out the overall look of the interior.


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