I've just signed up 👋 and was hoping to be able to pick your brains in advance of buying an R in early 2021 (currently in a leased Audi until Mar 21).
My background is that I am a total petrol head - a day isn't complete without fantasy shopping for my next car, reading the reviews etc.
I've had a Mk 7 Golf GTD in the past and have always wanted to get an R. After a few years in leased cars, I've decided I'm going to buy a R when the current lease is up.
It'll be used during the week mainly as a station car, hence wanted something that wasn't too big (although I still miss the sound of the Volvo V8 I used to have, especially on cold startup!) but still needs to have the kids in the back on occasion. Its mainly going to be for fun at the weekends and the odd work trip during the week.
I actually have a preference for the Mk 7 over the Mk 7.5. This is mainly driven by budget as I don't want to spend more than £15-£17k next year, but also as I don't like the pure touchscreen interface of the new Discover Nav. Some friends of mine have newer VAG products which have the touchscreen and its just a pain on journeys (their words). Its a shame as I do like the look of the virtual cockpit, but on balance I'd rather have buttons!
I've listed out below my ideal spec for the R and I haven't actually seen a car in the last few weeks that has ticked every box. I wanted to get some advice as to what features could be retro-fitted (easily and relatively cheaply - I know that virtually anything is possible if I throw lost of money at it, but I'd prefer not to do that on top of buying the car!).
My starting position is a manual box and definitely not white! My ideal colours would be Black, Silver or Grey (in that order) followed by Red and then Blue.
I'd also like to have the following:
Big screen Nav
In an ideal world the leather seats would have electric adjustment, but I'm not even sure electric seats were offered in the R? I've never seen one with it specc'd in the last few years!
I'm not fussed on the wheel size.
My guess is that the larger screen nav and the camera can be retrofitted - presumably requiring a new fascia for the nav and some VCDS coding for the camera? - but the other 3 have to be on the car when I buy it. I know I could retrofit leather, but that would fall into the "throw money at it" category...?
It'd be nice to have Dynadio, heated windscreen, high beam assist etc, but they are not essential for me, over and above the already great std Mk 7 spec, of course, which I enjoyed when I had my GTD.
Any help and advice appreciated, also if I've left something off my spec list that you folks would choose to spec, having owned the car.
Also, if any of you are thinking of changing your car in around 12m time, let me know! I'm happy to start a conversation early...
Finally, I'm not fussed on mileage - as I plan to own the car for a while and will be doing relatively low mileage, I'm happy to take on cars with upto 70kish miles, as long as the car has been cherished and properly looked after.