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R32 Vs MKV GTI

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Just replaced my MKIV V5 Golf for a new GTI, I liked the MKIV and considered the R32 but thought I'd go for the new model/technology........ I've never driven an R32 and wondered how the two cars stacked up against each other? Maybe need to wait until the MKV R32 equivalent turns up but thought I'd ask smile.gif

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Smudge should be able to answer this one, had 3 R32's now and also a MKV GTi loaner for a day or 2.

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The way I see it is that as far performance is concerned the GTi is deceptively fast, whereas the R32 slaps you in the face and lets you know it. My Stage 2 R32 felt quite a lot faster than a stock Gti, but is wasn’t properly run in. From what my dealer told me, a fair few customers have traded in their R32’s for Gti’s as they are much easier to live with. The R has a jerky throttle around town which is obviously is too much for some people. Me personally, I think the Gti is a great car, just not as serious as the R for driver appeal.

Im sure other people will tell you more…

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Check this months EVO star letter (posted in the R32 bit) for a good answer!

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Owned an R32 for 13 months traded it for a Gti,Read the letter in evo mag, and do agree that the Gti does lack a touch of soul that made the R feel special. But there are a lot of parts of the Gti that make the R feel a touch long in the tooth, mainly the ride/handling combination, the R could certainly corner at a high rate but at the expense of having a jarring ride, the Gti seems to corner just as well without the hard ride issues which affected the R32. I haven't owned the Gti for long enough to comment on performance figures, but it does seem to pick up speed really deceptively, although it may lack the top end kick that the R32 had. One thing that I have noticed is how much better on fuel it is than the R, 29/30 Mpg is easily achievable, which is something I could never say about my R32. I think both are great cars, but it is really hard to compare them, because they were built for different reasons, one is a fast refined mainstream car that will be built in large numbers, the other a more hard core specialist product designed to appeal to far fewer people, all I can say is I am glad to have owned both, and would find either one hard to replace. By the way thats my red Gti, that my mate posted pics of on friday

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I think they are both very good cars, but I just get a bit miffed at the non GTI/R32 owners who smugly proclaim that the new GTI is a far better car.

Usually a touch of jealousy in there somewhere!

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Totally agree with that, the GTI is not a better or worse car, it is a different car. They are both fun cars and they both have their good points.

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It's a shame VW only realised the mighty R right at the end of the Mk IV's life. At the time it was a lot of money to put down when the Mk V was imminent. Lets hop VW down't make the same mistake with the R36!

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Defo no R32 bashing, I think it's a great looking car and still like the MKIV model. I went for the more (to be) mainstream GTI due to the amount of miles I cover and must admit there are some nice technical touches with the MKV I like. Covered less than 300 miles in the new GTI so it's early days tho.......still gutted about not getting the 18's frown.gif but only waited a week for delivery smile.gif

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