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2021 Volkswagen Golf
TSI FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$24,970
5 listings nationwide

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2008 Volkswagen R32
Base
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$13,332
41 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2021 Volkswagen Golf
TSI FWD
Stephen Edelstein Preview:

The storied, decades-long, run of the Volkswagen Golf will come to an end after the 2021 model year. VW has announced plans to remove the standard Golf from the U.S. market, leaving on...

2008 Volkswagen R32
Base

Big news from the 2007 Chicago Auto Show is the return of the Volkswagen R32 for 2008, a racing-inspired version of the Golf hatchback, similar in looks to the GTI, but with more muscl...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2021 Volkswagen Golf
TSI FWD
jag writes:
Yes, not roomy as eleantra as Hyundai Elantra GT. Does not have a sport mode as the Elantra GT. And the entera...
Looks/Style Ranked 2021 Hyundai Elantra GT better.
"It is modern and elegant design. Almost everyone stops and looks at Elantra GT. No one stops and looks the VW. "
Back Seats Ranked 2021 Hyundai Elantra GT better.
"Drink divider."
2008 Volkswagen R32
Base
65
Andy 2008 Volkswagen R32 BaseReview:

Yes — It's a freakin .:R :) Imagine a car built for the sole purpose of showing off your talents. The 200...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

25
Alexei 2008 Volkswagen R32 BaseReview:

Must Have — Wolf in sheep's clothings. Looks like old fat boy. Can kick ass most of competitors. Infinities do ...

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

105
Martin 2008 Volkswagen R32 BaseReview:

Good German Build — I personally do not like the DSG gearbox with the F1 pedals. The sound is the best! The first versio...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Specs

2021 Volkswagen Golf
TSI FWD
2008 Volkswagen R32
Base
Powertrain 6-Speed Dual Clutch
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
29 MPG
29 MPG
18 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
39 MPG
36 MPG
23 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 13.2 gal 14.5 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
147 hp @ 5,000 RPM
147 hp @ 5,000 RPM
250 hp @ 6,300 RPM
Torque
184 lb-ft @ 1,400 RPM
184 lb-ft @ 1,400 RPM
236 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
6 cylinders
Compression Ratio
10:1
10:1
10.9:1
Displacement
1,400 cc
1,400 cc
3,200 cc
Bore x Stroke
2.93 in x 3.15 in
2.93 in x 3.15 in
3.31 in x 3.77 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 4 stars --
Front Crash Overall 4 stars --
Front Crash Driver 5 stars --
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars --
Side Crash Overall 5 stars --
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars --
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars --
Side Pole Driver 5 stars --
Rollover 5 stars --
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard Standard
Leather Seats -- Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player -- Standard
CD Changer -- Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 41.2 in --
Back Legroom 35.6 in --
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 17.4 cu ft 9.7 cu ft
Maximum Payload 915 lbs 1,238 lbs
Exterior
Length 167.6 in 167.2 in
Width 70.8 in 69.2 in
Height 58.2 in 57.7 in
Wheelbase 103.6 in 101.5 in

Available Options

2021 Volkswagen Golf
TSI FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Platinum Gray Metallic
  • Pure White
  • Silk Blue Metallic
  • White Silver Metallic
2008 Volkswagen R32
Base

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