2008 Volkswagen R32 User Reviews
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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!
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