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2016
Volkswagen
Golf R

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on 08/03/2017
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"A Porsche in a Volkswagen body"

A very sophisticated giant killer. GT-3 owners are impressed with this car. - APR and the aftermarket people make this a scary fast car. And, it has all the sophisticated technology and comforts to boot

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Everything and it gets many compliments from strangers

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0 - none - nada

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on 06/16/2017
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"Adult Hot Hatch"

Besides some small creaks and groans from interior pieces this car has been problem free. The factory clutch is borderline unacceptable combined with sloppy motor mounts, it is noisy and vague and is the only disappointment mechanically that I have with the car.

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Plenty powerful. Fun to drive. Comfortable and week thought out interior.

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Sloppy clutch action. Exterior styling a little too subdued.

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on 02/03/2017
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"Unbelievable car! Most solidly built car I've ever owned. Entirely too much fun to drive! Could be a risk to my drivers license."

The performance of this car is unbelievable! Acceleration, cornering, build quality, everything! The car is so solid that it feels that it was carved out of a single block of metal. There are no buzzes, rattles, squeaks, etc. I have the manual transmission and love it. The interior is surprisingly spacious, including excellent headroom front and back. Since it looks pretty much like all the other Golfs on the road it is stealthy in traffic.

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* Incredible performance - acceleration and cornering * Surprising roominess * Absolutely SOLID build quality * Apple CarPlay works great with my iPhone * Extremely well-equipped

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* Low profile tires can make the ride a bit harsh on rough roads/potholes - a trade off for the incredible cornering performance. (-1 on Comfort above) * High price (-2 points on Value for the Money above when compared to the Golf GTI). * The location of the power plug (cigarette lighter) makes it unusable for powering a radar detector (the cord would be in the way while driving). I haven't used a detector in decades but feel I will need one driving this car. This car just wants to go fast. (-1 point on Interior Design above)

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on 02/03/2016
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"Wow, what a fun, yet practical car! "

I did a LOT of research on the Golf R and it's nearest competition and the reviews were all extremely favorable (though it is a bit pricey). I test drove the GTI and was impressed, but the Golf R takes it to a much higher level. The car is FAST and corners well. I bought it with a manual transmission which I think makes it more fun to drive. The car is comfortable to ride in and the fit and finish is superb. It is also a very practical car with ample room for passengers and cargo. I like that the exterior appearance is more subtle than the competition so you can blend in with the traffic and not be a ticket magnet. I am very tall and headroom was not a problem.

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FAST excellent handling roomier than the competition, including headroom excellent build quality

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expensive requires premium gas insurance cost

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on 09/21/2015
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"My third VW is the best car I have owned!"

I was on a waiting list for several months. I love this car. Best car I have owned.

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Great power. Nice exhaust sound. Great handling. Great sound system. I like the DSG.

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No console that opens between the front seats. No spare tire.

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on 09/01/2015
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"fun, fast"

really a great all around car, all wheel drive, comfortable, outstanding build quality, fast and reasonably economical. And sharp looking. Not a dork mobile.

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knew this car would win awards before it won all of the awards it did.

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next to impossible to order the exact options and color since the factory just builds them and ships to the dealer and they don't even know what or when they'll get until the invoice arrives at the dealer. guess just the nature of buying a Golf R.

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