2005 VOLKSWAGEN Golf R32 Mk5
Also rolled over from the Mk4 R32 was the Haldex traction-based 4Motion part-time AWD system, powering through original 18-inch Zolder 20-spoke alloy wheels as offered here.
That V6 motor ensures it goes quickly, but stopping the R32 is performed partly via a pair of handsome, red-painted brake callipers with whopping (not a technical term) 345mm discs at the front and 310mm disks at the rear.
In 2005, TopGear said “If the Golf GTI is a precision-forged Samurai sword, then the R32 bludgeons like a baseball bat studded with rusty nails.” Nice one.
The Vehicle
This handsome, low-mileage Golf R32 received its first UK registration on the 8th of December, 2005. Since then, the car has been enjoyed by just two registered keepers prior to being acquired by the current keeper last autumn.
Along with the V5C, the car will come with a valid, advisory-free MoT to December, 2023.
There is also a leather-bound folder containing the owner’s handbook, audio system manual, a fully-stamped, up-to-date service record book and two sets of keys. The vehicle received its most recent service in November, 2021, with the mileage recorded at 71178. Since that service, the car has been to storage as the owner has now bought a 911 Carrera 4s.
On the Outside
The exterior of this metallic grey R32 example presents in truly immaculate condition, which reflects the manner in which it has been looked after and cared for during the past sixteen years.
The light lenses are clear and show no hint of the age-related fogging often found on a car of this age. The front and rear bumpers are blemish-free and in remarkable condition. The striking alloys are shod with a set of brand new Michelin Pilot Sport 4’s (perfect for this performance car) and show no scuffs or evidence of being ‘curbed’ and again, are in pristine condition.
The brightwork around the car is in exceptional condition, none of which has a scratch or mark to its surface. A cursory glance down each flank of the car shows no evidence of damage at any time in its 17 years and even the front number plate and valance, for all their vulnerability, remain blemish free.

On the Inside
Inside, the story is a familiar one of excellent care and attention given to the car during its life so far. While a smidgen short of showroom standard, the interior of this Golf R32 presents in exceptional condition and this writer frequently had to remind himself that this is a sixteen-year-old car.
The roof lining, soft furnishings, door cards and full set of R model-specific mats present in exceptional condition and all instruments, light and switchgear are said to be in perfect working order
Even today, this R32’s cabin really is close to faultless and continues to make a great place to spend time.

As one might expect of a low-mileage car, the underside also presents very well for its age with just a little discolouring due to natural oxidation. The car has now been sealed to prevent further oxidation/ rust.
The engine compartment is clean and tidy and the custodian reports this R32 to be in excellent mechanical condition with steering, brakes, 4x4 system and V6 engine performing as well as their respective engineers intended.

History Highlights
It’s evident from its appearance that this super tidy, low-mileage R32 example has been maintained to a very high standard. As stated, the car comes with a full service history and a near-12-month MoT.