Today I am going to compare Golf V GTI and Golf V R32 based on my personal experience because I used to have 2007 Golf V GTI and I own 2008 Golf V R32...
R32 pros: Powerful V6 engine (it generates more power on lower rps), quicker (launch control!), better handling (especially corners), haldex AWD (Most of the time it is FWD and whenever front wheels start skiding rears kick in and it becomes AWD) and haldex saves gas when you compare it to all the time 4WD cars. It handles snow very well!
R32 cons: Heavier than a regular Golf and Golf GTI but it makes handling much more better. On a dry road front wheels skids very very rarely. ~75 hp per liter enige... I would expect more power. R32 could use 50 more hp and become 300hp monster... And oh yes more expensive than GTI! (+ $7K-$8K) It consumes more gas...
GTI pros: Powerful inline 4 cyclinder engine with Turbo. 100hp per liter. Light weight. Handling is good. Very good mpg.
GTI cons: Handling is good but front wheel skids on powerful launch... Well R32 handles better than GTI. Slower 0-60 time. FWD suck on heavy snow :(
WELL WELL WELL, THEY ARE THE HOT HATCHES!!
US Spec comparisons... EU versions has more feature but not US ones :(
|GOLF V GTI||GOLF V R32|
|2.0T Liter 200hp 207lf-ft Engine||3.2 Liter 250hp 236lf-ft Engine|
|Manuel or 6sp DSG||6 sp DSG|
|3,100 lbs (1,406 kg)||3,547 lbs (1,609 kg)|
|17" alloy wheels (18" option is available)||18" alloy wheels|
|* 0-60 mph in 6.4 secs||* 0-60 mph in 5.8 secs|
|21/31 mpg (* average 24-25 mpg)||18/23 mpg (* average 20-21 mpg)|
|Side skirts and Navigation are optional||Side skirts is standard and Navigation is optional|
|No rain sensor||Rain sensor available|
|Fog lights||No fog lights|
|Yes compass||Compass available only with navigation|
|Red/Blue cauge||Blue/White cauge|
|No interior trim||V6 engine chrome interior trim|
|Cellular front grill||Silver look front grill|
|2 dr or 4 dr|
Only 2 dr