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Who owns a Golf GTD / GTI / R?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by craig_t, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. Pigeon_Killer

    Caporegime

    Joined: Nov 21, 2005

    Posts: 30,674

    Thanks.

    Thankfully it is just the lacquer and a hairdryer sorts it pretty quick but it's annoying how fast the finish spoils.

    Drove from Cornwall to Bristol last Wednesday and got 35mpg on the way up driving sensibly and 29mpg on the way back. Awful compared to a lot of cars but far better than I thought I would get.
     
  2. Lustral

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 6, 2004

    Posts: 1,162

    Location: Southampton, UK

    Careful with the right foot and messing with the modes and you can get 30-35 mpgs with ease, even with the commute traffic. Drive without thinking about economy you will net 25-28 :)

    Still enjoying my R after almost 2 years of ownership from new. I can see why people will find it boring or numb , but it does the driving parts mostly without fuss or drama. Pushing on and trying and failing to find the limits is fun enough for me on public roads.
     
  3. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

    Posts: 26,220

    Location: England

    I don't dislike the Golf R, I can see it's a great all round small performance saloon that goes well, has 4WD security and a nice interior/exterior. However, I back to backed it (within a few days) with the current Civic Type R which kills it, destroys it as a drivers car.....but dies a death on the interior/exterior fight! :D
     
  4. Pigeon_Killer

    Caporegime

    Joined: Nov 21, 2005

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    I'm still in the honeymoon period after upgrading from a Polo GTI but my neighbour's just got a C63 S and I now feel it's inadequate :(
     
  5. Housey

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    Location: England

    You had a Polo GTI, the world is all downhill now.
     
  6. CaptainRAVE

    Man of Honour

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    Posts: 29,140

    So many golf Rs driven my middle/older age women around here. I can’t say I ever expect it.
     
  7. Flibster

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 30,178

    I tried one of those, great fun driving it but yes.. it's truly hideous. Other half took one look and said 'NO!' quite loudly while in the dealer.
    Felt oddly claustrophobic in the Focus ST and RS, just seemed very small inside.
    A45 AMG is ridiculously priced, but an utter lunatic. Again, not a looker.
    S3 just didn't appeal.
     
  8. AndrewNR

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 18, 2011

    Posts: 2,555

    Location: Norfolk

    Same. Had mine since June '17 and looking forward to June '19 when I can look at getting something different.

    Which is strange for something that is: cheap, reliable, quick and practical. It just doesn't make me want to drive it anywhere other then straight to my destination, there's no fun in it at all (other than the occasional stationary 0-60 blast).
     
  9. Chris344

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 2, 2006

    Posts: 1,388

    Agreed. The odd quick blast, the sound proofing on the motorway isn’t great either.

    Had a 14 GTI and currently have a 16 R.

    What would be a good replacement?
     
  10. Housey

    Man of Honour

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    Common theme amongst a few people I know who have had R's. You look at the specs and the cars quality (interior, exterior, styling) and see the cheap £300 lease deals and thing "this makes total sense" but reality is it's not a great hot hatch. It's a very quick one not question and a superb car for doing some driving, but my test as mentioned above is does it / would it make me get out of bed at 5am to go to the Evo Triangle and the answer is no.
     
  11. Ev0

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 13,478

    I’ve loved my R, but if I had one expecting it to be a ‘fun’ hot hatch then I would’ve been disappointed.

    Not that it isn’t a good drive, but as you all say it’s not a traditional hot hatch kind of drive.

    But then what is with all the silly power these things have now? (Other then the Civic obviously ;) )

    I’ll be replacing it end of the year (potentially buying it from lease co for the wife to use as she loves it), short list at the moment is RS3, M3 or C63.
     
  12. Flibster

    Caporegime

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    May not be getting my R this weekend.
    Seems like one of the keys may have been misplaced. Great.
    And it's got the keyless entry option on it. Perfect...
     
  13. Mal X

    Sgarrista

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    it's not the Type R that's ugly it's the Civic it's based on
     
  14. silvagti

    Wise Guy

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    I've had my '14 MK7 Golf R since new. Even nearly 5 years later there's nothing out at the moment which would tempt me to part with it. The combination of performance, handling, 4WD stability/traction, practicality and interior/exterior fit and finish quality is hard to beat for £30k.

    I'll probably hold on another year or two and see what the next VAG platform brings to the table when the new MK8 GTi/R are released along with the new Audi S3.

    Incidentally I had it in the garage recently to fix a couple of issues which were covered under warranty. Sound Actuator rattle and the rear spoiler trim coming loose at the bottom of the windscreen. Both resolved now.
     
  15. Flibster

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    Base Civic is no looker, but the Type R is just completely Halfordsised. If only they could have toned it down a bit.
     
  16. silvagti

    Wise Guy

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    I kind of like it for being outright bonkers but it does look like Honda time-travelled back to the 90's and asked a bunch of 17 year olds what their dream car would look like.

    To be fair I think it looks better than the previous model. I get the impression the new Civic is a far better car in general than the outgoing one which always felt us Europeans were being offered the inferior version.
     
  17. Hades

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

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    Location: Surrey and London

    For the last 20 to 25 years I have frequently had a Golf GTI even if I also had other cars as well. My Mk6 recently failed completely and I am shortlisting something new. I went into the dealer today to take a look at the current GTI. But I found them quite boring and a little dated. Is there due to be a new model soon?
     
  18. Flibster

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    Yup. Mk8 in 2019. Apparently 260-325bhp depending on the version. 10spd DSG and 4 wheel drive.
     
  19. dessimpson

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    260-325? Strange that the new Golf R only has 296. Less than before. Why would the GTI be more? More to the point. Could it handle that much power through the front wheels?


    edit: 4 wheel drive? Where does that leave the Golf R then????
     
  20. Hades

    Capodecina

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    Thx