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Volkswagen Golf R32 (05-08) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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PROS

Discreet performance, great handling

CONS

Offers little more than the outstanding Golf GTI, thirsty engine

PROS

Discreet performance, great handling

CONS

Offers little more than the outstanding Golf GTI, thirsty engine

Verdict

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.

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