Volkswagen Golf R32 Long Term Tests Car Reviews evo — Volkswagen Golf Mk5

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Spacious, well built and with the glorious V6 soundtrack. miss VW’s R32

March

Original R32 very different to mk5 interior felt expensive; had a wicked side

It’s painful watching your leave the car park for the last but knowing I won’t be able to into the unflappable R32 at the end of the day to carve the freezing early-evening grime this one hurt more most.


It feels like a ago that ZVB first appeared at Evo so long ago in fact that the disappointment at it having a DSG gearbox like a distant dream. I the morning when I arrived at the to find my gleaming new long-termer for me. Excited, I walked up to it and peered the window, my eyes scanning the cabin, taking in the supportive-looking and the beautifully finished dash. I spotted the auto shifter where there should been the lever for a slick manual. At first I thought R32 was in for some other test, mine must still be on its but when I walked into the and everyone called me grandad, I the auto Golf was mine.

I managed to get over the initial by convincing myself that if was good enough for Schumacher and it was good enough for me, but when the drive highlighted that one of the was intermittently malfunctioning, my desire for a ’box and an extra pedal strengthened.

I can’t pretend – for the first few months the stuttering DSG all the positive aspects of the R32. Vivian and myself all spent with it, and all found the gearbox to be a distraction when in auto It seemed to be at its most nervous confronted with a junction, panicking itself into a or two lower than you actually then firing you up the road the engine screaming. Thankfully an visit to Autohaus Northampton got paddles working as intended and I turn my back on the clunky, auto mode and take of things myself.

The seamless shifts were impressive, and when matched to the delivery of the 3.2-litre V6 the result was a wave of addictive acceleration. got even better when the propelled you towards a corner and you the insistent surge matched by a more than capable of it. The R32 could really shock its cornering speeds, but the biggest was just how easy it all was. both hands always on the and with no time wasted it was fast becoming obvious there was a place for DSG after

A few months in, I decided to see just how far the mk5 R32 had by getting it together with a mk4 (evo 106). Neil was kind enough to let me drive his example and I discovered that the R32 was surprisingly different to the current one – looking and much more but undoubtedly a few steps behind in terms.

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Inside, the newer car felt light years as a day-to-day prospect, with trim quality, every toy you ever want and the kind of that is usually only to white-van men. My only was that the iPod dock in my car failed to recognise that was an iPod attached.

During its stay with us ZVB had one service, at 12,000 miles, £194.99. Pricey for a Golf, but not so expensive when you consider the big V6 and transmission beneath that exterior. The service also that the original Continental were looking fairly so soon after they replaced with a set of Goodyear F1 Asymmetrics – the winner of our tyre in issue 110.

At £532 for they weren’t cheap, but as 18s they weren’t exactly either. Initially they like a waste of money, as the of grip had me seeing the traction light a lot more than However, once they’d in, the Golf cornered faster ever, and I had to concede that the test team had done testing over in Rome than just sunbathing.

As I watched ZVB roll away, I help wonder what replace it. The R32 is so good in so many It’s quick, spacious, built, well equipped and enough to turn up anywhere in. to top it all there’s that glorious V6 gives the car its character. Its deep of power and rich soundtrack elevate you above Mr Average in his hatch. Whether this factor is enough to make you with over £25K for a is up to you, but if you do, despite the strengths of you should still go for the manual. get home slightly later, but have a lot more fun.

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