Used Volkswagen Golf R32 (2005 - 2008) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 28 Sep 2009
4.5
If the thought of a GTI is just a little too everyday, then this could be the Golf for you. It does without the lurid colours and loud bodykits that you'll see elsewhere in the hot hatch world - the only visual difference between this range-topper and a standard Golf are a few subtle styling tweaks and a redesigned front end.

Volkswagen Golf R32 (05-08)
Discreet performance, great handling
Offers little more than the outstanding Golf GTI, thirsty engine

New price range:

£22,485 - £24,275

Used price range:

£3,645 - £8,104

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

If the thought of a GTI is just a little too everyday, then this could be the Golf for you. It does without the lurid colours and loud bodykits that you'll see elsewhere in the hot hatch world - the only visual difference between this range-topper and a standard Golf are a few subtle styling tweaks and a redesigned front end. What you do get is one of the fastest and most powerful Golfs ever produced with a 250bhp 3.2-litre V6 and four-wheel-drive for excellent grip in all conditions.

It's the gentleman's, rather than the boy racer's, hot hatch.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

2 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Good size. Not too big, not too small. The only other things that would be nice are a bit better fuel economy, bigger boot (the 4WD eats into it a fair bit) and cruise control.  

4 out of 5

Matt Taylor ,   30 Jul 2015    ... read more

 Its a Golf, therefore plenty of room, storage, ergonomic touches and such.  

5 out of 5

Kenny Longdon ,   24 Mar 2014    ... read more

 4 wheel drive therefore great in winter and the wet.  

5 out of 5

Giles Moulden ,   09 Oct 2013    ... read more

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