Hi guys. I'm starting this thread about the RS against the golf R.
I know the RS is going to outperform the R in many ways, but I'm still considering the R for my the next hot hatch. I would really like to hear your thoughts about it.
The RS seems great performance-wise but I think the R still has the edge for what concerns quality. I was riding shotgun in a R the other day and the interior is simply amazing (just like any other VW, IMO). When I sat in the Focus RS at the LA Auto Show it felt like a really cheap, poorly built car. Same feeling that I had when I test drove the FoST. Not just the overall quality, but also the design of the gauges and the main console looked like a Kia from the mid 2000s.
I'm young and I work really hard for my money (who doesn't?) and I'm afraid to buy a car that it's awesome when I track it but it makes me regret to have spent all those money on it when I drive it on a daily basis. I still have a few months to think about it and I would like to make up my mind before the RS gets out. Let me know what you think!
A shoddy interior is true of most American cars so you won't find many interiors that one would consider quality. From my perspective, the only American cars with a nice interior are Cadillac's. I have a CTS-V with great performance and a great interior (for a station wagon) but I paid a premium for that.
Corvettes are amazing cars to drive, they have crappy interiors unfortunately. Want better than corvette performance with a nice interior? Welcome to Porsche territory and a lot more money
You have to ask yourself though, do you want performance or a nice interior? If it is the latter you should probably not be buying either a Focus RS or a Golf R. There are cars out there with much nicer interiors for a lot less money.
If you want AWD performance then you will have to give up that interior unless you want to spend AMG money. I used to drive a Subaru STI, talk about a crappy interior! That AWD performance was great though.