"review mistake"on by zlguocius
Pros cheaper than an Audi
Cons not an Audi
Summary This isn't a review. Rather, it's a correction of a mistake in the CNET review. The CNET reviewer says that this car is about $10,000 cheaper than the Audi TT.
That may be true, but unfortunately it's not an appropriate comparison. A more apt comparison would be the V6 AWD Audi A3. That car has the same engine and transmission as the R32; its only major difference (besides being Audi rather than VW) is that it has five doors, compared to the R32's three.
The AWD Audi A3 costs only ~$2,000 more than the R32. At that price differential, I'd definitely get the Audi. Besides all the luxury and quality touches in the Audi, the Audi's extra doors make it even more practical.
Pros Tight, responsive, nimble, fast. Brakes are fantastic.
Cons Ipod integration (inexcusable, really)
Summary I bought a grey one a couple of months ago, and I love it. After about a week or so it became an extension of me. I can dart around town and handily change lanes, merge, etc. It feels like i own the road. I own a 1995 911, which is a great car, but I'd give that one up before this. It's distinctly European, in a way my Porsche (or Audis or BMWs) i've owned aren't. It's right sized, and even though the MPG numbers don't back this up, it feels prudent...yet uncompromising.
Pros AWD, Euro Interior, Wicked Fast Shifts, Driver Connection
Cons MPG, Need 50-70 more hp, "standard" front license plate
Summary So $35,000 for a hotter hatch Rabbit? Because this is the car that puts it all together.
The driver is surrounded by quality German engineering and I’m not talking just about the excellent build quality. The controls are thoughtfully presented and easy to access. Gorgeous and distinctive interior comes in any color you, want as long as you want anthracite black! She has good options for people in the front, many ways to adjust the manual seats that are supportive and even comfortable on long trips. The only power option on the seat is four way lumbar, nice touch! The rear seats are comfortable for longer trips but adults taller than 6’ could suffer. The rear ride is kids and forward facing car seat friendly but predictably tough access for a two door. Even a quick glance at the inside of this hatch says she is up scale and functional but not high maintenance!
The outside is improved from the GTI, and not just different badges. The Uber GTI comes with Center exhaust, standard high wing out back. An on R32’s nose is R32 only brushed aluminum center grill with chrome two bar vents and self leveling HIDs that leave no need for fog lights. Paint quality and painted surface are flawless. All four colors (R32 distinctive Deep Blue Pearl, or United Gray, Candy White, and Tornado Red in order of availability) inspire much debate and deliberation as to which is the best color.
Driving the car a novice will note right away that she is confident and capable. The shifts are lighting quick. She is fast but not scary fast. It’s obvious this car will take anything on the road in the twisties but will be over taken on the straight away. R32’s HP numbers just don’t allow her to be the factory super sprinter of her similarly equipped rivals. Regardless, the drive is invigorating, quick, tight, and manaored.
Gas mileage and EPA numbers that are legal but would impress a tobacco executive return useable power and performance. If this bothers you might I suggest a GTI or possibly a Honda in your future? Don’t buy this car for the eco friendly or the miles per gallon!!!
R32 is the sweet looking tom boy in a dress that can handle kids! She is a looker at the party, a lady to your friends, and wild when your alone together!
Pros Fun to drive, interior, duct tape on tires, fun to drive
Cons Gas mileage, exhaust makes funny \ bad sound. Minor issues with car sense day one
Summary Many of the people here that feel the need to comment and review this car do not own it. They would like to offer their opinion on what car you should buy. But I would bet you most of them have never even test driven this car. The CNet reviewer who reviewed this car is an idiot. Seriously. Let see, we are going to review a car based on whether it’s a good “tech” car or not and nothing else. This guy showed pictures of himself driving it down a city street…. This car is a performance car folks. It sticks to the road like duct tape. Lets talk a little about the performance cars performance shall we? Still I have to thank this guy because the NAV unit really does suck so I made sure to get mine with out one. This car corners better stock, then almost every other car on the road. Put a good driver in the seat and this thing beats out 911 turbo, Acura NSX-r, the new WRX STI, evos and a couple others I can’t remember on the track. No, not in a straight line, on the track where you actually have to steer the car folks. All your fan boys will talk about how the WRX STI is “faster” and it is, but only in a straight line. The bottom line is I had my choice of buying BMWs 3 – 5 series. The interior of the R32 is just as nice as both of those and this car out performs both of them (FOR A LOT LESS MONEY). You want your status symbol? You can have it. Don’t even mention the Audi A3 to me please, the thing doesn’t handle as well as this car and it cost more.
I have never owned a VW so I am not a fan boy. I read reviews on this car then went out and drove it. Then I bought it. This may be the best car on the road from a cost to performance value perspective. Seriously.
Minor problems with car since taking it home. 1) Annoyance is the exhaust which makes a metal on metal noise “Braaaaap!” under heavy acceleration or on down shift. 2) The DRL’s didn’t work until I took it back in and they fixed them. 3) The rear power socket doesn’t work. 4) The rear head rest doesn’t go up. All minor things for the most part, except maybe the exhaust but still annoyances for a new car. Other then that if any of you people who don’t own this car actually go out and test drive one, I think you’ll shut up about what other cars should be bought or “how bad” you think this car is.Updated
In my last attempted update I detailed how CNet reviewers made mistakes and in some case were just out and out wrong if not lying in their review of this car. I also noted that they had not removed the one line sentence review of someone who had given the car a 2 rating. Today that review can still be seen here. Having this one review left on the site keeps the publics review more in line with Cnets review rating. No one can reply to this review nor can they ask that it be removed. This is a sad pathetic site and if it were not for my constant attempt to let people know the truth about some of these products I myself have tested and own I would leave and never look back. Folks I wish there was a way for me to let you know just how completely and totaly false the reviews made by CNet are here. They are nothing more then bought and sold by the companies who create the products they review. Given CNet enough money and get a stellar review... dont give them any and get a lack luster "Oh heres a product, it has this shape and is this color." review. I wish I was joking but sadly I am spot on. This car is awesome folks. It may honestly be the best performance to value on the market. Buy it if you are even slightly on the fence or even way to the other side. Dispite the review given here, this is just one really really nice car.
"reviewer is nuts"on by bananadan
Pros incredible handling, loads of power
Cons mediocre gas econ, lots of road noise
Summary having owned two Audi TT's, including one with the 3.2 engine that's in this car, I would have to say the R32 surpasses both of them. the all-wheel drive system's rear bias greatly improves handling, and the ride is actually better than the former TT (haven't tried the current version, and don't care for its increased size.) The seat (same as GTI) is completely comfortable even over 10 hour drives, which I do regularly. The lack of iPod integration doesn't matter to me - - if you leave OUT the navigation system, you get a six-CD MP3-compatible unit (no MP3 with nav system.) This allows me to put about 20 hours or more of podcasts and music. don't really miss the iPod. anyway, the car is about driving . . . a truly awesome performer, and a bargain at the price. gas consumption is mediocre, with about a best of 24 mpg for freeway (maybe a bit more if you keep it under 70, but what fun is that?) Road noise is fairly high, but that was also true of TT and my A4 I had previously. What a kick to drive!