2009 Volkswagen Golf R32 MkV 3.2 V6 from Australia and New Zealand
Good looking, relatively quick, reliable
Ignition motor - fixed by warranty in 2nd year of ownership.
Headlight motor in 4th year of ownership - cost $1000 to fix.
When the back window is down, the sound inside the car was as if a helicopter was nearby...
Other than that - nothing.
First car I ever bought new. The sound of the engine/exhaust is the best I have ever heard on a car less than $150 000. Always looked forward to hearing the car in a tunnel.
The car had a DSG transmission - which didn't have a good reputation (look up mechatronics issues with DSG), but I never experienced any problems with it. The DSG was so smooth and shifts were really quick.
The suspension in the car was firm but still comfortable; much better than the STI I drive now.
In terms of space, the boot was big, the back seats folded down and I could fit almost anything in the boot.
The car had satellite navigation (RNS 510) which I installed myself. I was quite pleased with the navigation, and the quality of the LCD display was very high (as most people commented).
In terms of performance, 0-100km/hr was predictably reached in 6.1 secs using launch control (6.3 secs just in Sport mode, 6.5 secs in D mode). It was quite surprising in terms of the cars it beats at the lights. Low down torque was really impressive - overtaking in traffic was one of its strong points.
Leather seats were standard in Aussie cars, and they were quite comfortable and long lasting (as long as you treat the leather monthly). Only problem with the leather seats were that they got pretty hot in summer. On that note, the heated seats worked a charm in winter.
The only reason why I sold it was because I wanted something a bit faster (hence the STI).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 3rd June, 2014