4.5 out of 5 4.5
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
Volkswagen Golf R32 (05-08) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £22,485 - £24,275
Used price £3,715 - £8,740
Used monthly cost From £93 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £340 - £600
Insurance group 36 How much is it to insure?


Discreet performance, great handling


Offers little more than the outstanding Golf GTI, thirsty engine

Volkswagen Golf R32 rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

If the thought of a GTI is just a little too everyday, then this could be the Golf for you. It does without the lurid colours and loud bodykits that you'll see elsewhere in the hot hatch world - the only visual difference between this range-topper and a standard Golf are a few subtle styling tweaks and a redesigned front end. What you do get is one of the fastest and most powerful Golfs ever produced with a 250bhp 3.2-litre V6 and four-wheel-drive for excellent grip in all conditions.

It's the gentleman's, rather than the boy racer's, hot hatch.

Volkswagen Golf R32 rivals

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