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2008 Volkswagen R32 Hatchback

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  • $32,990 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Volkswagen R32 Hatchback

VW's 2008 R32 looks vaguely like the Rabbit and GTI on which it's based, but there are significant mechanical differences between the cars. The 250-horsepower V6 elevates the VW to compete with compact performance cars like the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Evolution, and with its compact overall dimensions it's very city-friendly.

What's new for 2008?

The Volkswagen R32 returns for 2008 after a two-year absence, with an overall package that's similar to the previous-generation R32 offered in the U.S. for 2004 and 2005. This go-fast sporty hatchback based on the Rabbit and GTI is a limited-volume vehicle--only 5,000 are going to be imported.

Model Strengths

  • Sporty appearance
  • eager acceleration
  • all-weather handling.

Model Review

A 250-horsepower, 3.2L V6, along with a full range of performance hardware to match the added power, is what gives the 2008 Volkswagen R32 its name and separates it from the Rabbit and GTI. The V6 is matched to the six-speed 'DSG' automated manual transmission, which comes with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Power is delivered through a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system that normally sends 50 percent of power to the front and rear wheels but can send up to 75 percent to the rear wheels when needed.

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Source: MSN Autos

The 2008 R32 is the highest-performance Volkswagen sold in America. Auto buffs have been waiting anxiously for this 3-door hatchback, and only 5,000 will be shipped from Europe for the 2008 model year. Why all the excitement?Because the $32,990 R32 offers great content, from a sweet V6 to an efficient all-wheel-drive system. Even the car's suspension has been left unchanged from the aggressive setup of the European version.

Potent Engine
The R32 has a compact 3.2-liter 250-horsepower V6, compared to the 2.0-liter 200-horsepower 4-cylinder engine of the next hottest Volkswagen - the GTI ($22,220-$27,665). However, there is no startling performance difference between the two cars because the 3,547-pound R32 is 385 pounds heavier than the GTI. The R32's extra weight comes largely from its iron engine block and sophisticated all-wheel-drive system.

Still, the R32 is quicker than the GTI. It manages the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.9 seconds, and finishes the quarter-mile run at 95 mph. And the R32's V6 feels stronger than the turbocharged, 4-cylinder mill in the GTI. The only available transmission is a 6-speed DSG automatic with a lightning quick manual-shift feature. Fuel economy is an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 23 on highways. Premium fuel is required for the best performance.

Body Sharing
The R32 has the Volkswagen Rabbit's functional body, although its two long, heavy doors can be a problem in tight parking spots. The R32 is cosmetically distinguished from a Rabbit or GTI by a brushed aluminum-color grille, side skirts, blue-painted brake calipers and center-mounted exhaust pipes. There also are body-color door handles, bumpers and mirror housings.

The R32 still looks rather plain because it shares its hatchback body with the Rabbit. On the other hand, it's a very functional body that allows good room for four tall adults.

Sporty Interior
A large windshield allows good forward visibility, and the driver gets to grasp a thick-rimmed, leather-wrapped, D-shaped steering wheel. The wheel has audio controls and paddles for manual shifting. The leather-covered front sport bucket seats are especially supportive, and it only takes a little extra effort to enter or leave the roomy rear seat.

Aluminum trim on the dashboard, door panels and console gives the interior a sporty appearance. The main gauges can be read quickly, but the fuel and coolant temperature gauges are tiny. Controls generally are easy to reach, although the audio system can be difficult to operate because the navigation system with its dashboard screen absorbs too many audio functions. Dual front cupholders are positioned to help avoid spills, and rear cupholders are sturdy.

Comfort and convenience equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, an AM/FM sound system with 10 speakers, and in-dash 6-disc CD player. There's also a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, intermittent front/rear wipers and power windows, mirrors and door locks. Front and side-curtain airbags are among safety items, along with a tire-pressure-monitoring system and daytime running lights.

The cargo area has a low, wide opening and plenty of room. It can be significantly enlarged by flipping the rear seatbacks forward. The hatch has a convenient indented area to help close it without getting your hands dirty on outside sheet metal.

Taut Package
The R32's "Euro" suspension, with wide 40-series tires on 18-inch alloy wheels, helps provide sharp handling. Compared to the GTI, the sporty suspension has firmer springs and shock valving, and thicker anti-roll bars. It's supple, but occasionally causes a jerky ride and allows serious bumps to reach occupants.

A stability-control system helps keep the car on the road in adverse conditions. All-disc brakes that are larger than those on the GTI provide fast, sure stops - although the brake pedal has a spongy feel. The electro-mechanical power steering has a variable-assist feature and is fast, but rather heavy.

Aimed at serious drivers, the R32 is a definite halo car, and one which should help Volkswagen shift its "economy car" image in America.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Passenger On/Off Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Daytime Running Lights Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2 years / 24,000 miles from the purchase date comprehensive limited warranty including the balance of the 4 year/50,000 mile original limited powertrain & corrosion warranty.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 112-Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 2 Year 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes, at no cost to buyer
Warranty Deductible $50

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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