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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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  • 1.9 TDI Match 5dr

    Greg Bell Date: 01/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      53

    My car

    Have had the car for a month and so far so good. Excellent high mileage motorway cruiser helped by cruise control. Seats are really comfortable compared to previous GT Sport 140 I had and ride not as harsh. Extremely easy car to drive and well equipped. Averaging 53mpg and the computer is actually pretty accurate. Built in IPOD station excellent and sound quality from Stereo is really good. Only slight niggle is rattle from the air vent on centre console.

  • 3.2 R32 4MOTION 5dr

    martin smith Date: 14/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    like andy K i have a 5 door high spec R32 unlike andy mine is utter rubbish rusting wheels, lights misting up, Steering problems, runs in the paint work oh and the dealers forget it they only want your cash then go away, VW customer service coundnt give a cuss.

    My advice if you want a decent level of customer care and service with a well sorted car do not by VW all in all its rubbish

  • 3.2 R32 4MOTION 5dr

    Andy Kershaw , Gloucestershire . Date: 12/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      26

    My car

    I owned my R32 (07 plate) from new. High spec with: 5 door, manual, sunroof, 6 CD player with 10 speakers, heated, IPOD, Parking Sensors, etc

    Simply, the car was fantastic in every respect. The only down side was the fuel consumption at 26mpg, but you don't buy this car to hug the environment. I knew what the economy was going to be when I bought it, so I can't complain.

    Through 1 year’s ownership and 9200 miles the car was faultless, no problems with leaking lights, vibrations or any of the other issues mentioned here. Just 100% reliable fun.

    The huge grin on my face every time I stepped out of it made it worth every penny. Clarkson gave this car a 5/5 rating. He was right. The engine sounds wonderful.

    The 4motion all-wheel drive system is truly astonishing. All the various 'one-liners' about cars that 'corner on rails' are true to the R32. It never misbehaved in a corner, just sat down and held every line on every corner I threw it into. 155mph on the autobahn, the car felt reassuringly plated to the road, even in tighter corners. Solid. Unmoving. It inspires confidence when driven.

    The R32 has been the most outstanding car I’ve owned in 15 years. Yes, I would buy another.

  • 1.6 FSI SE 5dr

    Martin Mauger , East Yorkshire . Date: 10/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I acually have the 1.6S FSI on contract hire, for 18 months, 14500 m, but I submitted review before. Overall it is very good indeed with no faults and the recent service was done properly, perhaps I've been lucky? I think the car is great, my only quible is the paint - it is less than insect wing thick. I had to have the bonnet repainted (£182) due to less than vigorous polishing by my niece, after very careful washing, wore the top colour well down. I couldn't believe just how thinly the paint is applied, and the "paint guy" said VWs are particularly known for it. I noticed it also seems very prone to scuffs and light scratches and I would still reccomend a Golf (get at least the SE model, ideally Match though) but be very careful when cleaning it.

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