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I have just visited my local vw dealership and had an unaccompanied drive in the new Mkv GTI.[:D]

Well where do I start. First things first ? the Mkv GTI is a very very capable car.

So how Do I feel it compares to my R32?

Engine ? The new FSI turbo is quick with very little turbo lag. It doesn?t feel anywhere near as quick as vw?s 3.2l engine ? but is that a fair comparison?

There is no doubt about it that the R is faster ? the GTI runs out of steam at 90-100ish while the R just keeps going.

The FSI unit is very smooth to drive ? the 3.2 feels rougher and is certainly much more raw and involving to drive.

Interior. Well the new golf has it well sorted. The car I drove had full leather ? and it seems really good quality. Not like vw?s attempt at R32 full leather.

There is no doubt about it but the mk5 has been moved up a league from the mk4 interior.

Chassis. The GTI has to be one of the best 2WD cars I have ever driven. It really does hold the road well. It feels as though it rides the corners flat ? with no body roll.

But I found it hard to adjust after the 4wd system of the 32 which is awesome.

What Vw have produced is a great everyday sporty car. It is so much better than the R32 for day-to-day use.

So would I order one? (Considering I cancelled my first Order![B)])

Well the answer is yes. I will be ordering one? As a replacement for the R32 ? No[:I].

I can?t wait to see what Vw?s next R car will be.[8)]
 

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Nice to hear another good review; i will be testing one for half a day on jan 7th. Cant wait!

Wont be ordering one til at least the end of next year though so i'll have kept my mk5 for 18 months and probably about 40k. By then i hope to choose between petrol or diesel models. And hopefully know a bit more about the reliability of the DSG [:)]
 

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Quote: posted by Martyn on 21/12/2004 16:09:12

Interior. Well the new golf has it well sorted. The car I drove had full leather ? and it seems really good quality. Not like vw?s attempt at R32 full leather.

There is no doubt about it but the mk5 has been moved up a league from the mk4 interior.

Am I dreaming? A mkIV owner saying the interior of the mkV is better [^]
 

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Quote: posted by Martyn on 21/12/2004 16:09:12

Chassis. The GTI has to be one of the best 2WD cars I have ever driven. It really does hold the road well. It feels as though it rides the corners flat ? with no body roll.

Welcome to the Mk5 Golf [:D] Please leave your roll cage at the door and step into one of our IRS equiped cars [;)]

They just stick to the road like soooo much white on rice [B)][^]
 

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I just been to have a look around one.... i love it. the seats are really good, pics dont do them justice!!

I was originally in the hate the seats camp but do like them now

Its such a nice car.. however on tickover dosnt sound special at all [:(]
 

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Well that was fun!!! I also got an hours unaccompanied drive of the new GTI.

Turned up at the dealers and saw the GTI being washed ready for my test drive. I strolled in to meet the sale rep, he then did the paperwork, handed me the keys and said "see you in an hour or so"

So what can I tell you that hasnt been said already.... not a lot. Its truely awesome.

Exitted the dealers and stalled it But once I got the feel for the clutch and the extremely responsive brakes, I was off. Heading towards Evesham along the A46 and then around my favourite test track around Ragley Hall. The R32 loved that route and dare I say it, the GTI excelled there too. And if I am honest with myself, the GTI was a far better driving pleasure than the R32.

Power is on tap all the time, in any gear. Very simialr to the TDI. However, there is very little turbo lag. Simply plant your foot in any gear and the engine pulls like a train and doesnt give up! Revs hit the redline effortlessly.

Handling was good, but i didnt push it due to very greasy roads, will hopefully give it more when I get the car for the day. The ride is a million times better than my R32, it firm but extremely comfortable and soaks up undulations with no drama or nasty bangs.

All in all the car feels light and extremely quick. I would say that it is easily as fast as the R32 in normal raod driving, yet is more comfortable and more economical. I did however notice that in the conditions I drove the car, the front wheels did struggle to put the power down and the traction control light blinked like a christmas tree lights! But once underway, the power just kept on coming. Crusing along the A46 dual carriageway, I reach 120mph in no time at all and didnt even realise!

The seats are also fantastic. Holding you in position and supporting well while driving. And I love the chequeed cloth - well smart

I will do a full report, on www.clubgtiworcs.com, after the 24 hour test drive next year, but if i still owned the R32, it would become a deposit for a GTI? - without question! [:D]
 

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Would you prefer it over the 32 rob???

TBH I would rather have the 32 anyday...

But I will be getting a GTI!
 

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Quote: posted by Martyn on 21/12/2004 17:23:11

Would you prefer it over the 32 rob???

Yes. As a daily driver it a more practical and comfortable car, and yet it still provides fun and smiles
 

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No because you're bringing it to the UK then. You should look into it, it would prob be an Irish spec car (so you'd have to option alarm or climate) but would be cheaper possibly.

Ask over on VAGE, they'd be more familiar with it than I would.
 

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Yeh but Martyn that's including VRT that I'm quoting. You don't live in the Rep. so you can take VRT (30%) off that price.
 
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