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Old 01-19-2020, 10:25 AM
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My wife’s hand me down Maxima is getting long in the tooth and I’m looking to get into a new car this spring. I have been all over the board with what I want in terms of both what I want to spend and the type of vehicle.

I am finally narrowing it down and the Golf R checks a lot of boxes important for my next ride. In the $ range I want to spend, apparently a fun car to drive, comfortable and I understand pretty refined for a daily driver, not too big and the added benefit of AWD which is a plus in New England. I still need to test drive and see how I like it but curious on thoughts from some folks in the know. This will be a standard shift.

Only down side is I dont have a scooter haircut and I’m 51. My wife thinks they are better suited for a 20 something and she is not a fan after seeing one in a dealer lot last night.

Some cars I have considered and are off the list for the most part have been a stinger, g70, M2, Accord, a couple different models of smaller SUVs, and a Corolla. I do have some interest in the new AWD Corolla and test drives may sway me but I keep coming back to the Golf.
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The vw seats hurt my back. They are made way stiff.
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My wife’s hand me down Maxima is getting long in the tooth and I’m looking to get into a new car this spring. I have been all over the board with what I want in terms of both what I want to spend and the type of vehicle.

I am finally narrowing it down and the Golf R checks a lot of boxes important for my next ride. In the $ range I want to spend, apparently a fun car to drive, comfortable and I understand pretty refined for a daily driver, not too big and the added benefit of AWD which is a plus in New England. I still need to test drive and see how I like it but curious on thoughts from some folks in the know. This will be a standard shift.

Only down side is I dont have a scooter haircut and I’m 51. My wife thinks they are better suited for a 20 something and she is not a fan after seeing one in a dealer lot last night.

Some cars I have considered and are off the list for the most part have been a stinger, g70, M2, Accord, a couple different models of smaller SUVs, and a Corolla. I do have some interest in the new AWD Corolla and test drives may sway me but I keep coming back to the Golf.
I looked at the Golf R and the GLI. My checklist was a 4 door, semi sporty Manual Transmission car. If you don't mind the "young" styling I would say go for it. I was going to get the GLI because I thought the styling of the Golf was to young for me(I am a little younger than you). Before I bought the GLI I happened upon a used Audi S4 6MT(mt is a requirement for me) and I bought that.
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make sure you take the wife with you on the test drive if she will regularly be riding with you. It's the max performance package on that car. I've heard the ride described as everything from "a bit firm" to "harsh" on rough roads.

Test drive the Porsche Macan if it's in your price range. Very sporty, great ride, small.
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Golf R is pretty cool, are they making an AWD Corolla?
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Son had a 17. Thing ripped it.
was very uncomfortable
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Just curious, how did the M2 get on your considered list?
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Originally Posted by Lookinup76 View Post
make sure you take the wife with you on the test drive if she will regularly be riding with you. It's the max performance package on that car. I've heard the ride described as everything from "a bit firm" to "harsh" on rough roads.

Test drive the Porsche Macan if it's in your price range. Very sporty, great ride, small.
We (she) already own a Macan S which I will likely take over at some point. She puts on high 20k a year

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Golf R is pretty cool, are they making an AWD Corolla?
Spring of 2020. Actually pretty sharp car.

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Just curious, how did the M2 get on your considered list?
wanted one when they came out but went with something different. Started casually looking again but not overly serious. I would by a 718 before I drop that kind of money on a pretty bare bones track car.
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I've had 4 GTI's (current one is a 2017) and an R32 (earlier version of the current R) VW's certainly have their issues but I have always come back to them. The Golf's combination of handling, performance and practicality I find hard to beat. My current '17 GTI is a 6 speed manual, previous R32 was the DSG automatic. I like the manual better but did like the R's AWD which was great in the snow here in New England. I looked long and hard at the current R but at a $12k premium over my GTI it just seemed too much $$. A couple grand more and I could be in an Audi S3 but would lose the practicle nature of the hatchback in the VW. I will say after 3 years of the current ownership I just this morning was looking at the internet for an R......Anyway, next car for me will likely be the next gen R which is supposed to come out in 2021. I don't think there is a 2020 R so you may either be able to find one less than MSRP or they may be selling at a premium since there will be no new ones for another year at least.
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I drove a 2010 Golf TDI for 9 years. Before you say not a 32 (you're right) you should know it had a sport suspension and performance seats (bigger side bolsters). It was comfortable for short and long drives. Lots of fun to drive. Had a DSG automatic which I needed since a neuropathy rendered my left foot too numb to reliably sense where it was. DSG was reliable and shifted super quick, but I missed going through the gears on a manual. Car was fun to drive; I'd imagine the gas 32 would be a positive hoot. The hatchback design was very versatile and the size was "just right" for me. Wife had a Mini S several years before. That thing was like a go kart on the highway, but difficult to work on and had some big mechanical issues. Also uncomfortable (too small and cramped) on long drives But it was even more fun to drive than the VW on runs less than about 50 miles. Cargo space was nowhere near as versatile as the VW.
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Originally Posted by BACKTOTHESEA View Post
We (she) already own a Macan S which I will likely take over at some point. She puts on high 20k a year



Spring of 2020. Actually pretty sharp car.



wanted one when they came out but went with something different. Started casually looking again but not overly serious. I would by a 718 before I drop that kind of money on a pretty bare bones track car.
I have seen info on a AWD Camry but nothing on a Corolla, do you have a link with any info?
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Originally Posted by MacCTD View Post
I have seen info on a AWD Camry but nothing on a Corolla, do you have a link with any info?
My bad, I meant Camry.
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Take a look at the GTI. Not as performance focused as an R, but still a fun hatch and likely more comfortable.
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We traded the wife's Mini-S for a 2019 GTI. The GTI is so much smoother and more functional than the Mini-S. I agree the seats are stiff. The GTI has 4 driving modes and is wonderful in the highway or in town. We purchased at the end of 2019 to get the 6/72 warranty. Thus far very impressed.
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wanted one when they came out but went with something different. Started casually looking again but not overly serious. I would by a 718 before I drop that kind of money on a pretty bare bones track car.[/QUOTE]


Bare bones track car ??? Have you driven the M2 ? It isn't even in the same ballpark as any of the fore mentioned cars . Possibly the most fun car I have ever driven . Spent a day at the performance center and drove different cars all day . M2 was by far the quickest , most nimble of them all . Top 3 on my bucket list ! But with 3 kids (two teens) likely wont be in the cards for a looong time .
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I had a 2018 Golf R DSG For about a year. I loved it but I really needed something with more room so I traded it for an SQ5 suv.

If I hadn't neeeded the room I would have kept the R. It was a phenomenal car..

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