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I have a S.O. and two young children (almost 4 and almost 2) in tow. I currently drive a Mk4 Golf and, size-wise, it's okay. Those here that have noticed my posts over the last couple of years will know that it has been my intention to buy a Mk5 R32 shortly (although I have been wobbling recently in that regard towards an S4).

A mate of mine, who is single and drives a Mk5 Golf GTi, swears there is no way a Mk5 R32 is spacious enough for a family of four. I am going to test drive one soon, so I will have a better idea, but in the meantime, what do the family men around here say?
 

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I struggle to get the shopping in the MK4's boot because its higher than normal. Buy a MK5 R32 & a 320d touring
Problem solved
 
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I struggle to get the shopping in the MK4's boot because its higher than normal. Buy a MK5 R32 & a 320d touring
Problem solved
What I would really like, if I had the money, is a Mk5 R32 for me, which I would boost the sh*t out of, and a 2013 RS4 estate for the family.
 

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I had a mk5 Gti 5 door,wife and 2 kids,no problems at all!big boot for all the shopping too
Now have a 3 door R32 that wife uses all the time with the 2 kids,space wise it's fine,but I do also have a touran
 

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I have a Mk5 R and I would advise if you are getting one. Don't get one with Recaros as they seem to take up more space than the standard seats sue to their shape but I would say a 5 door R32 would be the ideal "Daddy Cool" family car.
 

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We're family of 4 plus a westie with a 5dr R32. It is a great mile eater and I've put more miles on it than I thought I would.
 
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I have a Mk5 R and I would advise if you are getting one. Don't get one with Recaros as they seem to take up more space than the standard seats sue to their shape but I would say a 5 door R32 would be the ideal "Daddy Cool" family car.
That's interesting. I had convinced myself that the Recaros would take up less space, which is one of the reasons I was planning on looking for one with them.
 

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Yes mate, it's a great family car....
I have two boys 7 and 12 and my little girl 5
The kids love it, it ticks all our boxes....
 

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Plenty of leg room in the rear...go and look at any Mk5. The R32 loses a little boot space for the 4wd.
 
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Plenty of leg room in the rear...go and look at any Mk5. The R32 loses a little boot space for the 4wd.
It's going to lose even more when I put an Unibrace in there! :0

But yeah, I know what you mean about boot space as my Mk4 has Haldex and boot space is at a premium as a result. The positive is that it represents a disincentive to the missus to buy cr*p we don't need!
 

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The rear of the mk5 is very spacious, loads leg room.

I have a 3 door, sometimes take passengers and they have no issues sitting in the back.
 

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See the only thing that could be a dwnside.

If you have little ones, you better wif a five door as it just the rear down that moving not the seats and the driver.
But if it dnt bother you i would say get a 5door, save so much hassle.

My bro has a markv gti 5door and hundreds of space.
Were are both over 6ft and can sit comfortable in the back,

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Wouldn't fancy paying the extra for those shiny backed seats when there will be little ones kicking them...
 

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Ive got a mk5 5 door and I have two kids which are still in car seats and theres plenty of room and the boots plenty , we go camping usuall holiday trips , if I take tthe dog I just fit my roof box and put the stuff in there . The boot in the mk5 golf I think is about the biggest in an hatchback (my opinion) , I had a b6 A4 before this thinking it had a better boot , it only when your trying to get a pushchair in do you realise how much a pain in the arse the size of the boot opening is.
 

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Got the Recaro's in my 5dr mkv,and they definitely eat into the space in the back,so something to bear in mind. Though I will admit I didn't want a 5dr,but my car has sunroof,sat nav,which didn't swing it for me......but the seats did.....give soooo much presence over standard seats imo
 

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I have a mk 5 r32 and an s4, day to day stuff the r is fine for family duties, have a 7 and 5 year old. But for holidays etc would struggle to get all he bits and pieces in. Could use a roof rack I suppose. Plenty cabin space for us all in the r.
Kids bikes go in the s4 no problem, but it's scooters only in the r.

Kids love the golf though esp the sunroof.
 

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Got the Recaro's in my 5dr mkv,and they definitely eat into the space in the back,so something to bear in mind. Though I will admit I didn't want a 5dr,but my car has sunroof,sat nav,which didn't swing it for me......but the seats did.....give soooo much presence over standard seats imo
As I said I have a 3 door but definitely notice the Recaros are a big seat in comparison + as was also mentioned kids will soon make a mess of the backs of the seats as they mark very easily.
 
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