Originally Posted by yuik
me for 1 would be pissed knowing i could get a hatchback sti for that amount of money used the same year.
and isnt vws and audis quatro / helix system a joke of awd? like its 90% of the power to the front wheels all the time unless they start slipping.
similar to bmws x system but bmw pumps like 75% of the power to the back all the time. because all their cars are rwd if they arnt awd.
While I think you're right that the haldex system in audis (excluding the new s4, s5, tt, rs3 and r8) is mostly fwd, the R32 it is fulltime awd, while the a3 is fwd until the wheels slip. However, the mkv r32 is a fantastic drivers car (and this is comin from someone who is a staunch rwd advocate). The gti upon which it's based has always been brilliant despite fwd, and the r32 is just faster with more traction.
Would I rather a b8 a4? Yes. Or a 330xi? Yes. But he wants the hatch, and the r32 is the same car as the a3, only sportier with a slightly scaled down interior (still nicer than the wrx though, IMO). It really is the perfect compromise.
To OP, drive one. Then drive an a3. Then a wrx. Then make up your mind.