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    View Poll Results: Golf R or A4?

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    Thread: Golf R or A4?

    1. Member FenderR's Avatar
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      05-20-2012 01:33 PM #1
      Hi All,

      I posted this in the Golf R thread, but want to see what A4 people think as well.

      I put a deposit at my local dealership for a 2-door Golf R w/Sunroof & Nav (CSG).

      I talked them down a few hundred bucks but it seems like most people won't get very low on the price of the R...looking at their invoice and holdbacks, that makes sense...they aren't making a ton on these anyway.

      I priced out a 2012 A4 Premium Plus with Sport Package, MMI Nav, and the B&O Stereo System (I hear it's amazing). It looks like there's more budge in the MSRP on the A4.

      I'm looking for something sporty, AWD, fairly quick, nice interior, but not super boy-racer.

      The appeal of the Audi to me is the massive torque at such a low RPM. With an APR stg I tune, it has almost as much HP and a huge amount more torque than the Golf R. I also hear quattro is quite nice in the snow (I live in new england). I am coming from a WRX and need something nicer. Thoughts? thanks for your input.

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      05-20-2012 09:22 PM #2
      A couple things to keep in mind:

      1) The R is only manual.
      2) Gas mileage will be better with the A4
      3) Many people complain that since the R uses a haldex that it's AWD system is inferior. From what I have read and heard the haldex is a great AWD system and the "lag" really isn't noticeable from the haldex hooking up. I have a A3 quattro (it uses haldex though), but I haven't been able to test it in snow
      4) There is an updated A4 coming out soon.

      Both cars have very good aftermarket support. I think when it comes down to it, you have to ask yourself if you care if the R is only a 2 door. IMO also, the A4 has a better interior and the B&O is an insane sound system. The MMI navigation is also fantastic. I like the A4 for a more professional car and the R lets you have a little boy racer come out without people noticing.

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      05-21-2012 02:56 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by Fellow Gaucho View Post
      A couple things to keep in mind:

      1) The R is only manual.
      2) Gas mileage will be better with the A4
      3) Many people complain that since the R uses a haldex that it's AWD system is inferior. From what I have read and heard the haldex is a great AWD system and the "lag" really isn't noticeable from the haldex hooking up. I have a A3 quattro (it uses haldex though), but I haven't been able to test it in snow
      4) There is an updated A4 coming out soon.

      Both cars have very good aftermarket support. I think when it comes down to it, you have to ask yourself if you care if the R is only a 2 door. IMO also, the A4 has a better interior and the B&O is an insane sound system. The MMI navigation is also fantastic. I like the A4 for a more professional car and the R lets you have a little boy racer come out without people noticing.
      Agreed ^

      Depends on what your needs are. Do you want a bigger car thats is fun to drive, more professional looking, or do you want the toy?

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      05-21-2012 05:16 PM #4
      I just bought the Golf R and it is awesome the mpg not as good as the A4. there are many pros and cons. I owned the A4 also. If you want a fast and fun car get the Golf R. If you want a great looking sporty car get the A4 quattro wit the sports package. You can go wrong with either car, good luck
      Just do it life is short.

    5. 05-24-2012 12:55 PM #5
      I've owned cars from both brands recently, and Iv'e driven both cars. My own choice was an A4 with a manual transmission, P+ ttrim level and the Titanium sports package. The Golf is cute, the A4 w/Ti is jaw droppingly badass. The price difference after negotiation are not significant.

      Personally, and just from my own experience with both brands in the past 5 years, the cars could be 100% identical down to the stitching in the seats, I'd gladly pay $5k more for the Audi for no other reason than having a (more) competant service department and a warranty that actually gets honored, but that's me.

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      06-05-2012 11:26 AM #6
      I also had a Golf R 4dr w/ nav on order. After waiting what seemed like forever and knowing that the finace options would be limited I went to look at the Audi. Bought one that day! I got about the same car option wise but a totally different beast. Mine is a 2.0t manual PP+ with sports pkg. no nav (witch I didn't care for anyway) and no B&O. ( I would have loved to get it though!) I really like the car! It's a little bigger but not a ton. And really like the 40/60 power split of the Audi. Hope that helps.
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      06-06-2012 02:31 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by FractureCritical View Post
      I've owned cars from both brands recently, and Iv'e driven both cars. My own choice was an A4 with a manual transmission, P+ ttrim level and the Titanium sports package. The Golf is cute, the A4 w/Ti is jaw droppingly badass. The price difference after negotiation are not significant.

      Personally, and just from my own experience with both brands in the past 5 years, the cars could be 100% identical down to the stitching in the seats, I'd gladly pay $5k more for the Audi for no other reason than having a (more) competant service department and a warranty that actually gets honored, but that's me.
      What happened with your VW and its warranty not being honored?

    8. 06-08-2012 07:36 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Fellow Gaucho View Post
      What happened with your VW and its warranty not being honored?
      there were a number of problems with the car, but the one that made me break ties was that the front subframe kept coming loose. two trips back to the VW dealer to get it fixed. After the second time it came loose, when the subframe went sideways in the car resulting in a loud boom and a lurch, the dealer told me that I was just driving the car too had and making the bolts come loose. and I quote "the car really isn't designed for spitied driving". I thanked the service writer for his engineering opinion and that's when the citrus legalities started getting invoked.

      There are a number of TDI owners who have had thier fuel systems self destuct to the tune of $10k in damages due to "bad fuel" whereby VW has denied warranty, as well. I do understand that VWoA can't warranty against people pouring sand in thier gas tanks, but what am I supposed to do? taste test the diesel every time I filled up? After that point I was pretty much done with the brand.

      As a counterpoint, my wife's A3 had the carbon build up problem around 75k miles. when they took the top end apart, they found that the intake manifold had cracked. It's not a cheap piece. I had a five minute conversation with the serivce writer, basically to the effect that they had serviced the car since new, they knew it was cared for, and this was, in my engineering opinion (I am an engineer, unlike the VW service monkey) the manifold cracked due to a manufacturing flaw. The service writer immidiately agreed with me and covered all the costs to replace the manifold. No fuss.

      Guess where I went for my next car after I got rid of that miserable jetta?

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      08-05-2012 01:32 PM #9
      I owned both an 04 and an 08 R32...sure wish I still had the 04. Funnest Vw I have ever owned.
      Had TDi's the last couple years, and I was considering the new R....but I bought a 2013 A4 quattro instead. I just found the right deal (employee purchase program) and my lease is only $23 more
      than my 2010 Golf TDi payment was. What a sweet ride this car is. This car is more refined than the R...not quite the power, but more luxurious while still a kick to drive.

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      08-06-2012 04:14 PM #10
      I decided against leasing this car since I ultimately bought a Golf R. I am planning on leasing a TDI if I keep having to drive this far for work and I think I'm going to keep the R for a pretty long time after I pay it off. I got the mod bug again...see signature haha...bad considering I picked it up on 7/18/12!!
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      08-07-2012 10:41 PM #11
      You just can't go wrong with either. I don't see difference in the quality of interior although the nav on the r is ancient and the r is actually a very old car. Its been out in Europe for 3 years already.

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      09-10-2012 10:38 PM #12
      I had the A4 quattro and is a great car for fit and finish. The car is fun but is not as much fun as my Golf R. The R just handles better and the engine is great in oem form do a stage 1 and you have a monster(: either car is a win win
      Just do it life is short.

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      11-08-2012 04:47 PM #13
      If you are a person that likes to modify your car for more power, the Golf R comes stock with K04 stock and is capable of ~330whp/340wtq with ~$2k in bolt-ons (tune, intake, high-pressure fuel pump. ie Stage 1+). To help the Golf R Haldex awd perform a bit better, you can spend ~$1k on a controller upgrade (eg. HPA Competition Controller)

      You would need closer to $7k to bring the Audi to the same level of performance. (~$3k for a K04 kit, plus all the rest)

      Golf R (3300) is also substantially lighter than the A4 (3890), which ultimately equals better performance.

      I'm just noting some of the performance differences, you really can't go wrong with either car.
      Last edited by Waterfan; 11-08-2012 at 04:50 PM.

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      11-08-2012 04:51 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Waterfan View Post
      If you are a person that likes to modify your car for more power, the Golf R comes stock with K04 stock and is capable of ~330whp/340wtq with ~$2k in bolt-ons (tune, intake, high-pressure fuel pump. ie Stage 1+). To help the Golf R Haldex awd perform a bit better, you can spend ~$1k on a controller upgrade (eg. HPA Competition Controller)

      You would need closer to $7k to bring the Audi to the same level of performance. (~$3k for a K04 kit, plus all the rest)

      Golf R (3300) is also substantially lighter than the A4 (3890), which ultimately equals better performance.

      I'm just noting some of the performance differences, you really can't go wrong with either car.
      He already bought the R 4 months ago...

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      11-14-2012 04:35 PM #15
      Yup what he said. I bought the R in mid July. Haven't done any performance mods yet but will come next spring. I love this car and will either go for an S3 (if they bring it to US) or an S4 for my next car most likely!
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