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Old 03-03-2012, 06:36 PM   #1
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GTI vs Golf R?

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I am planning to buy a car for my daily commute, in North East, NY NJ PA CT area, not able to decide between GTI and Golf R. I know the Golf R has more power and torque but lack of DSG makes it slower than a GTI despite all that. What I am debating is that, is paying all that extra for Golf R is worth ? Will the AWD on Golf provide some extra benefit over GTI in winters and snow?

Any user experiences about these cars in North East or anywhere about winters and snow driving.

PS: I might be a bit personally biased towards GTI! I love that baby!!
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:41 PM   #2
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You are aware that the GTI is also a Golf right? The R is definitely the better car especially in the snow .. The only question is whether you can justify the price difference
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:44 PM   #3
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No but I would say base your decision on MT vs. DSG is price isn't a concern
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:45 PM   #4
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Get a GTI + Stage 1 and you'll forget all about the Golf R... not to mention save $6000 - $12,000 depending on what trim you want on the GTI...
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:47 PM   #5
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They're really 2 different cars. For my uses, I have an SUV I use in the winter time, however if its your year round car, an awd car will suit you better in the weather we can get sometimes in the northeast. My speed6 in the winter, beast mode.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:56 PM   #6
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Does any one had experience in driving both cars yet? Or the Golf R is still not out.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:14 PM   #7
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Look if money is not an issue and you don't mind driving a stick then get the R. Bigger turbo, bigger brakes which are safer (gti brakes are not great) and AWD which is the best part of it all. I use to drive an MKV R32 and during snow storms I was king. Also, you never have to deal with torque steer like you will with the gti. In my opinion the R's price is awesome considering what you get.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:24 PM   #8
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I'd say if you have got the cash go with the R. I've lived in NE all my life and haven't really ever had trouble with FWD in the snow, but AWD would be great.

Plus having the R you would be driving a pretty unique car. Inconspicuous enough yet to those who know it totally bad ass.

Get the R.


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Old 03-03-2012, 07:30 PM   #9
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I got a fully loaded DSG GTI, so Golf R is not so expensive compared to mine. The only difference is a little more power (FSI + K04) and AWD. In Canada AWD would be greatly appreciated for winter.

In Canada, Golf R comes only fully loaded, and only with manual.

If it was DSG, i would get a Golf R in couple of days ...

Too bad VW only brings it in manual.


Anyway, I'll get a Touareg TDI Exec next year.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:47 PM   #10
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If it was DSG, i would get a Golf R in couple of days ...
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:59 PM   #11
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bad ass car! LOL
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:00 PM   #12
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totally agree, don't know what VW decided not to bring in Golf R with DSG! If the Golf R would be there with DSG, then there is not debate! Golf R with DSG
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:26 PM   #13
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Simple. If you want the better car, then go for the R. If you really really want dsg that bad, then just get the GTI. Either way, you win.
Just my opinion.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:13 PM   #14
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i drive my stage 2 gti in the winters and it does just fine. never had an issue with traction or making it up a hill. just throw some snow tires on and let the traction control do its thing.
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