2008 Volkswagen R32 Consumer Review: Ultimate Small Hatch GT

2008 Volkswagen R32 Hatchback - Consumer Review

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Ultimate Small Hatch GT
By Boz on


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


My respect for VW's new R32 grows with every drive. The sounds that emanate from the exhaust when pushed turns pedestrian heads. Yet the supreme comfort of the seats and adjustable wheel makes the perfect driving position available to anyone. The dual zone climate control quietly keeps the car comfortable and the systems auxiliary heater gives me warm air within a minute even at single digit temps. 4Motion works effortlessly in snow while the DSG automated manual impresses with its quick, smooth shifts. Handling is much sharper than the GTI when turning at speed as the engine tourque is split between all four wheels. This car definitely has the soul of a long distance autobahn cruiser.

Best Features

MP3 capable 6 cd changer in the dash allows you to load up more than 50 albums. The outstanding bi-Xenon headlights. The versatility of a hatchback. The outstanding leather seats with great heat. The sounds from the engine are some of the best in the world. DSG launch control. Great re-sale value.

Worst Features

Go back to giving customers the choice between XM and Sirius. As much as I enjoy the DSG a manual would be more engaging. Why no 4 door for the US? Should have matching dead pedal. Bring rubber trim around the back window back into production. Proper rear license plate mounts.
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