Re : PH Carbituary | Volkswagen Golf R (Mk7)

Re : PH Carbituary | Volkswagen Golf R (Mk7)

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Dave Hedgehog

12,070 posts

153 months

Saturday 11th January
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i would take a manual GTi over one every time, especially one of the specials

Court_S

1,722 posts

126 months

Saturday 11th January
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Dave Hedgehog said:
i would take a manual GTi over one every time, especially one of the specials
Me too. I was far closer to ordering the TCR than the R.

paralla

1,034 posts

84 months

Saturday 11th January
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I leased (the shame!) a totally stock Golf R estate to run as a daily just over two years ago. At the end of the lease I couldn’t come up with anything that combined it’s virtues of understated class, practicality and effortless pace for anything remotely similar money so I extended the lease for another 12 months which amazingly reduced the monthly payment even more.

My weekend car only has two seats so practicality is important for me in a daily, it needs to fit all sorts of sporting equipment and do the odd run to the tip. I think the estate is a nice Q car.


Msportman

192 posts

105 months

Saturday 11th January
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Court_S said:
Dave Hedgehog said:
i would take a manual GTi over one every time, especially one of the specials
Me too. I was far closer to ordering the TCR than the R.
The TCR is a nice package...why didn’t you buy??

I’ve been thru countless GTI’s and other marques and when you’re nudging 300bhp and over 4WD is the way to go as a daily in the UK. I got fed up of spinning wheels pulling out of junctions in the wet the torque just overwhelms the front.
My GTI’s were all great in the dry and circuit and out of the two cars the AWD platform clinched it for me back in 2016 when I bought mine.
Now it’s 400bhp+ having AWD is a must on a everyday basis and it ballistic for a Golf.

Another factor is that it seems most manufacturers are churning out 5 door only which doesn’t look nearly as nice as 3 door. Luckily mines 3 door in Oryx white and fairly rare compared to all of the 5 door Golfs.

Edited by Msportman on Saturday 11th January 10:40

jwwbowe

128 posts

121 months

Saturday 11th January
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I have had a Mk7 estate as our new family wagon since October. It’s brilliant, does all of the mundane practical and economy things so well, goes completely unnoticed and it’s blinding rapid when required in all weather.

Its not a track or weekend car and it shouldn’t judged as one. Will be keeping it for the foreseeable future.

wab172uk

1,511 posts

176 months

Saturday 11th January
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I had a GTI, but afetr 10 months of constant gearbox issues, I bought the R equivalent, Audi S3, but in Saloon form.

To most, Golf R / Audi S3 will be very similar to drive. I chose the Audi as I wanted a Saloon.

As the review indicates. They are a great all year round, all situations cars. I kept my S3 just shy of 5 years, as it was such a good car, it was hard to replace.

Begall

106 posts

40 months

Saturday 11th January
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ghost83 said:
You get nothing back when you lease though,

At least with pcp you can sell it,

My final payment 2 days ago was 12,150 and I sold it for 16k and the finance was till March so I’ve also got 2 330 payments too so call it 16500, so I’ve ended up with over 4K, with lease I’d have got nothing back whatsoever,
Have you considered that a lease could have been more than 4K cheaper in the first place?

GT3hopeful

135 posts

66 months

Saturday 11th January
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Great car . My wife had two and loved them but would never buy another having had house broken into three times by car thieves searching for keys.

YouTalkinToMe

2,428 posts

47 months

Saturday 11th January
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This car epitomised the words 'lease' and 'theft'.

Luca Brasi

877 posts

123 months

Saturday 11th January
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Never saw the appeal of these over a proper sixcyl M135i/M140i tbh.

runnerbean 14

84 posts

83 months

Saturday 11th January
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My wife had an identical Golf R Mk 7.5 (except half cloth, half alcantara - arguably better than leather for locating you in the seat.)

I agree with all Dan's comments except re the ride. We live in a rural area with not especially good roads. On summer tyres we both judged the ride to be on the bad side of poor. We also ran a set of winters which were a little better, but not much.

After 18 months, for that reason, it had to go and I put it on Auto Trader. The first punter that came to look tried clumsily to steal it.

But that, as they say, is another story.

g7jhp

6,046 posts

187 months

Saturday 11th January
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Raygun said:
As good as car as it is a VW Golf is not a car I would aspire to.
So much rubbish in some of these comments.

People not buying a car because it doesn't say the right thing about them.

Cars are to be driven and enjoyed, they should inspire you to drive then rather than aspire to own them.

Once you've sampled and enjoyed, always opportunity to try something new.

Chester35

80 posts

4 months

Saturday 11th January
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A fantastic PCP less than 5000 miles per year car when first brought out.

Those wheels in 2020 though ...

nono



Makes my eyes go




Edited by Chester35 on Saturday 11th January 13:18

eftiem64

44 posts

28 months

Saturday 11th January
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Dull as ditchwater. Surely you only had one if you couldn’t afford an S3?


Court_S

1,722 posts

126 months

Saturday 11th January
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Msportman said:
Court_S said:
Dave Hedgehog said:
i would take a manual GTi over one every time, especially one of the specials
Me too. I was far closer to ordering the TCR than the R.
The TCR is a nice package...why didn’t you buy??

I’ve been thru countless GTI’s and other marques and when you’re nudging 300bhp and over 4WD is the way to go as a daily in the UK. I got fed up of spinning wheels pulling out of junctions in the wet the torque just overwhelms the front.
My GTI’s were all great in the dry and circuit and out of the two cars the AWD platform clinched it for me back in 2016 when I bought mine.
Now it’s 400bhp+ having AWD is a must on a everyday basis and it ballistic for a Golf.

Another factor is that it seems most manufacturers are churning out 5 door only which doesn’t look nearly as nice as 3 door. Luckily mines 3 door in Oryx white and fairly rare compared to all of the 5 door Golfs.

Edited by Msportman on Saturday 11th January 10:40
I’d just didn’t tickle me. On paper it was perfect but in reality it left me a bit cold if I’m honest and for £30k or so, I wanted a car that interested me at least a bit. Overall I preferred the M140i so bought that instead.

Kawasicki

6,792 posts

184 months

Saturday 11th January
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The three I drove were all quite good fun at the limit, not at all what I expected, and not at all what is described in the article.

andrewparker

3,743 posts

136 months

Saturday 11th January
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eftiem64 said:
Dull as ditchwater. Surely you only had one if you couldn’t afford an S3?
On the contrary, the Golf might have been dull but the S3 took blandness to new levels. It was worse to drive and you had to suffer the indignity of everyone else on the road thinking you suffer from vanity problems.

David87

5,406 posts

161 months

Saturday 11th January
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eftiem64 said:
Dull as ditchwater. Surely you only had one if you couldn’t afford an S3?
Not at all. Besides, they’re essentially the same really.

Raygun

3,063 posts

69 months

Saturday 11th January
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g7jhp said:
Raygun said:
As good as car as it is a VW Golf is not a car I would aspire to.
So much rubbish in some of these comments.

People not buying a car because it doesn't say the right thing about them.

Cars are to be driven and enjoyed, they should inspire you to drive then rather than aspire to own them.

Once you've sampled and enjoyed, always opportunity to try something new.
Never wanted a VW Golf, never will.

pangster79

171 posts

145 months

Saturday 11th January
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I've got a MK7.5 and was lucky enough to get a 310 before they dropped it due to emissions.. fantastic car overall and the technology and build quality is VERY impressive.. as is the performance... it's *VERY* easy for anyone to drive one of these cars fast.. however, i wouldn't say it was the last word on a good driving experience or engagement.. *everything* is over assisted - the steering is mega light (even in race mode) and the brakes are hyper sensitive.. I can honestly say I generally prefer driving my MCS over the R.. a generally far more 'connected' driving experience.. (even if a bit crashy at times on our pot hole riddenroads)

In summary - I'd say if I want to get somewhere fast or have a lot of miles to do (or need to take my MTB anywhere) - then the Golf R is the better option.. if it's everyday driving or a B road blast then the MCS is my preferred choice.. just my opinion though!



Edited by pangster79 on Saturday 11th January 15:23