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

Select a car to compare


Select a car to compare


Select a car to compare


User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2008 Volkswagen R32
CarGurus Instant Market Value
33 listings nationwide
3 GREAT deals
4 GOOD deals


2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
134 listings nationwide
7 GREAT deals
33 GOOD deals


Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2008 Volkswagen R32

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...

2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
Cherise Threewitt Preview:

Volkswagen introduces a number of changes to keep the Golf R fresh for 2019. Exclusive styling elements for the 2019 Golf R include new 19-inch alloy wheels, black brake calipers with...

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

2008 Volkswagen R32
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

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.)

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

2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
GuruSNZLZ writes:
Good at all..just not the best.
Would Buy Ranked 2017 Ford Focus ST worse.
"The all wheel drive is the cherry on top. This car will get you home in any situation."
Guru14LVR writes:
Power Ranked 2019 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD better.
"Power "
Handling Ranked 2019 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD better.
"Handling "
DviusMusic writes:
Front Seats Ranked 2019 Honda Civic Type R worse.
"Napa Leather."
Would Buy Ranked 2019 Honda Civic Type R worse.
"All the added options like AWD and Leather and the warranty makes it worth the extra $7,000 or so"


2008 Volkswagen R32
2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
Powertrain 6-Speed Dual Clutch
Fuel Economy, City
18 MPG
21 MPG
23 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
23 MPG
29 MPG
30 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 14.5 gal 14.5 gal
Fuel Type
250 hp @ 6,300 RPM
288 hp @ 5,400 RPM
288 hp @ 5,400 RPM
236 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM
280 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM
280 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM
6 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
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
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 --
Leather Seats Standard Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard 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
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom -- 41.2 in
Back Legroom -- 35.6 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 9.7 cu ft 22.8 cu ft
Maximum Payload 1,238 lbs 959 lbs
Length 167.2 in 168.4 in
Width 69.2 in 70.8 in
Height 57.7 in 56.5 in
Wheelbase 101.5 in 103.5 in

Available Options

2008 Volkswagen R32
2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD

Exterior Colors

  • 91 Blue
  • Anthracite Metallic
  • Azure Blue Pearl
  • Bordeaux Red Pearl
  • Caribbean
  • Caribbean Green
  • Cliff Green
  • Copper Orange Metallic
  • Curry Yellow
  • Dark Burgundy Pearl
  • Dark Violet Pearl
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Dust Gray
  • FUTURA Yellow Metallic
  • GINSTER Yellow
  • Graphite Metallic
  • Hot Chili Pearl
  • Ice Blue
  • Indium Gray Metallic
  • Inky Blue Pearl
  • Irish Green
  • Jazz Blue Pearl
  • LAPIZ Blue Metallic
  • Magma Orange
  • Mars Red
  • Mocha Anthracite Metallic
  • Moss Green Metallic
  • Mystic Blue Pearl
  • NOGARO Blue Pearl
  • Oryx White Pearl
  • Oxide Red
  • Prussian Blue Metallic
  • Racing Green
  • Raspberry Red
  • Reseda Green
  • Slate Gray
  • Squirrel Gray
  • Star Blue Metallic
  • TNT Orange
  • Techno Blue Pearl
  • Tornado Red
  • Traffic Purple
  • Violet Touch Pearl
  • Viper Green Metallic

Option Packages


Related Comparisons