2008 Volkswagen R32 Base
There are 18 user reviews for the Base trim shown below
- Fuel economy requires discipline. Very fun to drive fast. Very smooth/quiet ride for size.
- 18 mpg if you give in to the fun factor. DSG trans is not always smooth.
Purchased As Used
I bought this used with 43,000 miles. Interior is very nice, ride is smooth, performance is very satisfying. Mine has the power sunroof/navigation system. Navigation system is useless. Has not been updated since 2008. Sound from Radio/CD is great. Split rear folding seats make good use of space. Several companies offer DSG programming upgrades. I had the Unitronic upgrade installed and it does make a noticeable difference....read morehide
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- Quick, Sounds great, AWD, Audi drivetrain and interior!!
- No manual trans, poor MPG, expensive, Typical VW (lack of) reliability
Purchased As New
We have had the car for about a year and a half, rides and handles great, but has been back to dealer for several 'recalls' and other service issues. The interior is great, seats are very comfortable, its great in the snow(with snow tires) The car gets horrible gas mileage, we avg about 16mpg, and it's fast, but the DSG is no substitute for a real stick shift!! Car is sharp looking and sounds great, whomever engineered the exhaust at VW should be given a bonus!...read morehide
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- Excellent handling, luxury, beautiful engine noise, exceptional braking.
- Only available in 2 doors, some rattling
Purchased As New
This is the second best handling car in its category after the Mitsubishi Evo X but it's a lot more confortable. A blast to drive on slippery and snow covered roads. If you leave the TC on there's no drama. If you turn it off you can enjoy very easily controllable slides. Not the fastest car in a drag race but one of the best in cornering. I wish it would've been lighter though to improve acceleration and fuel economy. Excellent value for your money....read morehide
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- Lots of standard luxury features, exhaust note, stealthy design
- Lower than necessary fuel economy, lack of true manual or four door option for the US
I've had my R32 for a month and a half now. I had been drooling over the car at the VW lot for over a month before, and when I saw how badly they wanted to move it I jumped on. I got into the R from a 2008 350Z. The reduction in power is more than made up for by all the luxury features. And I would hazard to say the exhaust note on the R puts the Z to shame.
The car is a very comfortable tourer and a more than capable performance machine when asked. Its relatively nondescript exterior design helps to keep kids from challenging you at every stoplight like the Z did.
Though the styling isn't super sporty, I never get tired of looking at it while approaching it in a parking lot.
R32 sales suffered in the US due to the perception that no "hot hatch" was worth $32k, but now's the time to buy with the state of the economy and the fact that new cars are still sitting on lots! I can't imagine that anyone would regret getting one of these Golf rocket ships....read morehide
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- I love that smooth, normally aspirated VR6 torque & grunt, AWD and SWEET transmission.
- A bit too thirsty for the required premium fuel.
I've had my R for several months. The car has fits me like a glove. The interior has a very upscale Euro look & feel. The exterior is rather unextraordinary, and only true car nuts recognize the car for what it is. (Sometimes being "under the radar" has its advantages.) Its not the fastest car I've ever owned, but there's definitely some magic happening here. Consider the package: a V-6, 250 hp motor in a Golf body, a throaty exhaust note that sounds so good I hardly ever turn on the stereo, a state-of-the-art "semiautomatic" transmission that can be shifted via steering wheel paddles, bumped from gear to gear with the stick, or allowed to shift itself automatically in regular "Drive" mode or more aggressively in "Sport" mode. All of this in a limited production car that has AWD, TPMS, traction control, stability control, ABS and all the other latest electronic, comfort and safety features. The hatchback configuration gives me CAVERNOUS storage capacity. (I took a week long vacation this Summer with a woman who likes to bring EVERYTHING on trips; with the rear seats folded down, we had all the room we needed for all of our stuff!) I enjoy the comfort of the heated leather seats, the moonroof, the dual zone climate control and all the other goodies. When I first bought this car, some of my friends asked me if was crazy - spending $30k+ "for a Golf". Now, as I watch prices creeping steadily upward for premium European sports cars, on a feature-for-feature comparison I realize what a bargain my little R has turned out to be. I usually get bored and "turn" my cars pretty quickly, but someone is going to have to pry this one out of my hands!...read morehide
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- great performance, secure car,fabulous handling , great sound, tiptronic very good response
- high on fuel, could use larger tank, but so smooth on lower speed
This is my 10th VW and so far the best even better than the Corrado.
More mature look than the GTI.
Simple interior but so classy.
Trill by my car
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- Sturdy, safety, transmission is great compared to older tiptronic.
- poor mileage/small tank, no fog lights, lacks standard features. Center lights not for USA
The items they cut out such as fog lights, garage door buttons, power driver/passenger seat, glove box light,....you won't care much about when you are tucked in, adjusted and driving. But c'mon, these are such standard type items, that are probably in the GTI's, that it's an insult. Sure the engine and trans and AWD are great, and are proven products. Some reviewers think they are not sporty enough. I think for this car they are pretty good. The ride is a little harsh, with the short wheel base, and the sport suspension and 18's. The true handling of the car isn't that great. I guess the high center of gravity, added to the tires don't make this a true sports car in the handling/suspension department. Be careful of potholes, I have already had 2 tires bust sidewalls when hitting Los Angeles county approved construction zone potholes. It would be nice to have a cd changer to use at the same time as the Navigation unit. The ipod integration is pretty good, however, it would be nicer to have better control over your songs and playlists. Every few weeks my Sirius radio settings evaporate and I have to reprogram my stations in. The front end is slightly low, so you have to roll slowly in and out of driveways....read morehide
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- DSG, Exhaust Note, Handling, Creature Comforts, Brakes
- Needs 50 more horsepower
I can understand why this car is routinely compared to the STi and Evo, but it's not really a competitor. HP figures aside, the R32 is about so much more than outright speed. The R32 is more of a GT car rather than a purpose-built car like the STi or Evo. The suspension is stiff yet compliant and won't wear you out on long road trips. The exhaust note is to die for and VW's unique narrow-angle V6 gives off just the right vibrations that let you know what it's doing! Every good thing you've read about the DSG transmission is true. The dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming mirror and auto-headlights are nice touches not often found in cars at this price point, as are the auto-leveling bi-xenon headlights and headlight washers. The handling is amazingly neutral for a front-heavy car. The brakes have so much feel and stopping power to boot....read morehide
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- Power, DSG, Looks, Overall fit and finish, great interior.
- fuel economy, moderate stock tires, speakers rattle when radio is pushed
Amazing car. Purchased it for invoice from a dealership in Dallas, TX. Its something i have always wanted and i have been driving VW and Audis for some years now. Everything has been great so far first 2k miles have been awsome. the radio could be a little better and the speaker mounting isnt the best. but the car is very well built and feels solid. The all wheel drive system is awsome, very little understeer in tough corners. There is a small market for this car in many areas, shop around and you can get a great deal. If this thing holds its value as well as the 2004 R32 has then its almost an investment...read morehide
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- Great handling, good pickup for an automatic
- Could use fog lights (why not make the second headlamps usable?), computer display options limited
I was in love with my Subaru Impreza 2.5RS. It had everything I wanted; AWD, 2 door (my wife drives the family car!) and sun roof. All the things the newer Subaru's don't have. And then came along the R32!
I am also not a fan of automatics. The tiptronic is great, and the ability to overide the automatic by just hitting the paddle shifters is great. And an extra 85 HP to boot (over the Subaru).
My other 'dream car' was an STI, and having driven one (family member owns one) I understand what the critics say about a 'hard' to drive car. Definately not the case with the R32. It responds to power out of corners without the oversteer you get in the STI, and at a better price. The Mistubishi dealer wouldn't even let me drive an Evo!
Overall, I rate this car an excellent step up from an Impreza 2.5RS, especially if you want to stick with a small 2 door....read morehide
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