"Top end VW and a blast to drive"4.5 starson by ncraba01
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!