Volkswagen R32 vs Volkswagen GLI Compare price, expert/user reviews, mpg, engines, safety, cargo capacity and other specs at a glance.

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2008 Volkswagen R32
Base
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$13,553
40 listings nationwide
3 GREAT deals
9 GOOD deals

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2009 Volkswagen GLI
2.0T
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$7,510
6 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

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...

2009 Volkswagen GLI
2.0T

In its second year as a model distinct from the Jetta, the 2009 Volkswagen GLI adds heated front seats and a 6-CD changer to its standard equipment. This compact sport sedan can be see...

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

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

2009 Volkswagen GLI
2.0T
145
Andyscarquest 2009 Volkswagen GLI 2.0TReview:

2009 Black Vw Gli — Awesome car but you pay for it considering the base price of a regular Jetta. I love the looks, the...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

25
Jenel 2009 Volkswagen GLI 2.0TReview:

You Will Fall In Love At The First Drive — Lots of FUN...Drove 3000 miles within 3 weeks. Has the Audi feel, without the Audi price. Currently ...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

55
John 2009 Volkswagen GLI 2.0TReview:

Don't Think, Just Buy! — • Performance - out of the box, it was quick and handled well, but needed a little aftermarket TLC....

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Specs

2008 Volkswagen R32
Base
2009 Volkswagen GLI
2.0T
Powertrain 6-Speed Dual Clutch
Drivetrain
AWD
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
18 MPG
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Fuel Economy, Highway
23 MPG
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--
Fuel Tank Volume 14.5 gal 14.5 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
250 hp @ 6,300 RPM
200 hp @ 5,100 RPM
200 hp @ 5,100 RPM
Torque
236 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM
207 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM
207 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
10.9:1
9.6:1
9.6:1
Displacement
3,200 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.31 in x 3.77 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Rear Side Airbags -- Optional
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Front Driver -- 4 stars
Front Passenger -- 4 stars
Side Driver -- 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger -- 5 stars
Rollover (pre-2011) -- 4 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard Optional
Leather Seats Standard Optional
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard --
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom -- 41.2 in
Back Legroom -- 35.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 9.7 cu ft 16 cu ft
Maximum Payload 1,238 lbs 955 lbs
Exterior
Length 167.2 in 179.3 in
Width 69.2 in 70.1 in
Height 57.7 in 57.4 in
Wheelbase 101.5 in 101.5 in

Available Options

2008 Volkswagen R32
Base
2009 Volkswagen GLI
2.0T

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