So long GTI
For some people, nothing is powerful enough. A few of them seem to be employed in Volkswagen's Wolfsburg offices. For the past few years now, Volkswagen has been preparing a more exclusive version of its popular compact car.blog comments powered by Disqus
In this category of carefully groomed go-karts, looks, and jaw-dropping performance, play a big role, and that's exactly what the R32 is using as a trump card. Despite the fact that the R32 is actually derived from the Rabbit, the assembly and the attention to detail are superb. It looks like it was born this way.
The integration of a chrome nose diving down to the front rocker panel is a success. The grille is stylish and the manufacturer added a fairly discrete rocker panel that does have a certain boldness, thanks to the large air intakes. The rear has also undergone some shock therapy, now boasting twin, chrome-plated centre tailpipes and tinted taillight lenses.
The interior is much more sober. Entirely recovered from the Rabbit, it is conspicuous by its German ergonomics but also its utter lack of originality. Certain features remind us of the advertised performance: The flat-bottomed steering wheel, the few brushed aluminum plates, the sporty seats. What really impressed me though is the cool pedal system.
The overall finish is good, in the tradition of above-average German cars. It features generous equipment, which seems normal considering the price tag. The extras include Bi-Xenon headlights, a multi-disc, 10-speaker sound system, an antitheft device, a rain sensor, cruise control and a reverse camera, i.e., all gadgets that distinguish a simple sports car from a true GT.
As a hatchback, space is not its forte, especially when it comes to the cargo area. However, the seats do provoke a little shiver of anticipation on first sight, promising comfort and support worthy of a rally car. Once comfortably seated in a preferred driving position, you quickly remember how Recaro seats earned their reputation; they are simply marvellous.
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