Prior to my '12 WRX purchase, I owned a MkIV Jetta 1.8T. It was easily the most reliable car I have ever owned and may ever own. The only issues were a loose radiator hose 2 days after new, and a bad spark plug coil at 90K. I don't see the value in the Golf R. Yes the interior is better than WRX, MS3, and EVO, but isn't any better than most $25K family sedans like Sonata, Mazda 6, Malibu, or even the Mustang GT 5.0. I have not heard otherwise, but the Golf R has the same interior as the vanilla Golf, but with better buckets. I'm 37, and don't consider myself so old that I want to compromise performance for comfort yet. My wife drives the WRX, and I drive a Smart Fortwo due to long commutes for work.