2008 Volkswagen R32 Consumer Review: R32 Senior

2008 Volkswagen R32 Hatchback - Consumer Review

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R32 Senior
By JoneR32 on


2008 Volkswagen R32 2dr Hatchback AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6AM)


Was researching for a sports sedan/coupe with AWD, stability control, full air bags & side curtains, and being reviewed as quite respectable in the performance, safety, and handling categories-- safety being first. I found a certified low mileage [6650] R32 in Naples, FL via Autotrader and negotiated a price over the phone-- $23900 + tax & title. Have since added 8000 miles, and they were all driven with a smile on my face. The R32 is a great daily "sports" driver, esp. in city traffic due to the excellent DSG tranny which is left in auto 100% of the time, per the tests that one can't shift as fast as this tranny in manual mode/paddle shifter or console. 21.5 MPG overall--26+ MPG hwy.

Best Features

DSG tranny--invented by VW; excellent fit & finish; muffler tone via the short-bank 3.2L V6 engine; heated seats w/ 1--5 heat range; center console adjustable arm rest; good passenger rear space; red night dash lights; auto-load adjustable HID lights w/ DRL controls; turn signals in side mirrors.

Worst Features

To improve the long-drive, 2HR + ,hardness in driver seat rear bottom, possibly due to heat elements [Cadillac CRT had same problem, and corrected it]. Next model 17" wheel option for drivers in winter areas w/ chuck holes. Better & more hatch hangers for groceries. Standard bluetooth
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