I have to admit... I love the sound of the R32.. it does sound great.
But you depends on your brother...
His got to look at fuel economy... and the R32 is well... a binge drinker
Does he like his cars with a good soundtrack?
Remember also the R32 is also avaible in 5door...
This is quite easy for me cos i have had both cars, im not biased towards audi but i would go for the S3 get it APR tuned, it will be an absolute rocket, i had the R32 chipped by APR and it felt so much more sluggish, granted the sound is much better but im more of a performance man, and i also prefer the more subtle looks of the audi
Difficult one, i've owned the R, and would choose this over the S3 8L. As i did. Personally i think the S3 looks a little dated now, and there are way too many on the roads compared to the limited production of the R32.
I'm not interested in modding cars, mortgage kicks in there, so as a package, the R offered more.
Gonna go against the flow and say get the R32. Its a lovely looking car, still a head turner, and the sound is amazing, especially with a miltek! I nearly got one of these in Feb 2006 but the car I saw at the dealers wasnt quite right and I had to say no. I vowed never to look at the Mk4 R32 again
I ended up going for the 2.0 TDI A3 (8P) as wanted a good reliable car for next 4-5 yrs. I thought getting a 2-3 yr old R32 and keeping it for 4-5 yrs may rack up more bills (in terms of fuel and servicing) but I could be wrong about the servicing. Am sure the R32 would have been much more fun.
Ok, but you asked about it versus the S3 8L. It does look a bit old now, but there was a guy at work with a black one in mint condition with 19 inch polished old style RS4 rims and it looked the ********
Never driven the 8L S3, am sure its a good drive and as mentioned has more tuning potential than the R32 and is better value for money as R32's tend to be bit more expensive.
I would still go for the R32, in blue or black, with BBS CH 19 inch rims and a milltek exhaust. Gorgeous!