What do you get over a 1.8T for your $30k?
The question you should ask is where can you buy a $30,000 German car with a 3.2L V6, 240hp and AWD?
The HID's are the only thing that
"didn't" make it here in the end. DSG was never a guarantee and
probably would have added cost above the base price. Climatronic
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So over a standard 20th Anniversary GTI you are getting:
- Haldex AWD - $1750 additional on Audi's
- 3.2l VR6 with 240hp - Not a cheap engine by any stretch with the ridiculously complicated 4v head
- Bigger brakes up front
- Rain Sensing Wiper System
- Heated Seats
- Fully Independent Rear Suspension
- Volkswagen Racing Suspension components with even more aggressive setup
- Dual exhaust outlets
- Completely different front and rear bumpers (not just different lower valences)
I've driven both the 20th AE and the R32 extensively and they are both great cars (the best GTI/Golf models produced since the A2 generation GTI), but they are different in their execution. One is normally aspirated, one is turbocharged. One is AWD, one is FWD. One has a solid beam rear axle, the other a fully independent rear suspension. One comes with leather the other does not. Etc., etc.
The AWD and IRS alone are enough for me personally. If you have ever driven a modded 1.8T and dealt with the wheelspin issues both at launch and out of corners, the R32 is a revelation. It is also a blast to drive out on the track with a more neutral feeling at the limits - you can actually drive the R32 on the throttle.
Anyway, yes the R32 has a premium price over the 20 AE. Whether it is worth it is a personal and financial decision you need to make.