i've driven every generation of the Golf that has had the R moniker. the 2008 R32 was fairly boring compared to the 2004, and i was hoping the 2012 would bring back the feelings i had for the 2004 R model. in one word: nope.
it may be a good car with a decent chassis, but i felt as if it needed a bump in power. if it came from the factory with the power bump an aftermarket chip adds, then it could have really interested me. i just wasn't as impressed as i wanted to be and i felt let down. however, if i had the chance to drive one on the track in anger, i may have a completely different opinion.