Deep Blue 2008 Volkswagen R32 with 56k Miles

For December 23, 2020, our used car find is this unusually clean and original Volkswagen R32 hot hatch with just 56k miles. It’s offered on craigslist by a private seller in the Portland area for $18,500.

Here’s what makes this one special.

Volkswagen launched the 5th generation Golf (Mk5) in the US for the 2006 model year to great acclaim, especially for the sporty GTI variant, which Edmunds called “the best GTI in a long while.” However, the best was still yet to come.

To the GTI’s excellent platform, the engineers at Wolfsburg added a 250 hp narrow-angle V6, all-wheel drive, VW’s quick-shifting DSG gearbox, a few suspension tweaks, plus basically every available option, including premium leather seats. They also limited production to just one year (2008) and 5000 units.

It was a compelling package, which as Car and Driver noted, granted the R32 “levels of polish and balance more often associated with pricier brands.”

The Mk5 R32 has aged quite gracefully, thanks not only to its timeless, purposeful shape but also to its naturally-aspirated, iron block VR6 engine, which has proven to be one of VW’s most robust. It’s also one of the best-sounding engines in a modern car, which is showcased straightaway in the following video:

If you’ve been looking for a nice Mk5 R32, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better example. First of all, this one looks great in its original Deep Blue factory paint. And with only 56k miles — most of those in the mild Pacific Northwest — it’s remarkably well preserved inside and out. The only visible signs of wear are some mild curb rash on one wheel and light creasing of the leather on driver’s seat cushion.

While the asking price of $18,500 may sound high, it’s within the private party range provided by KBB. Considering the model’s limited production, not to mention the rising values of its older sibling, the Mk4 R32, which has routinely been selling on Bring a Trailer for over $20,000, we think that’s a fair deal, assuming the car checks out in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 2008 Volkswagen R32 (Mk5)
  • 56k miles
  • 3.2 liter V6 engine (250 hp)
  • 6-speed automated manual transmission
  • Deep Blue exterior with Anthracite leather interior
  • for sale by owner for $18,500
  • Vancouver, Washington
  • WVWKC71K48W153059
  • link to craigslist listing HERE

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