While I can understand Lago's comments, I don't agree with them. The Golf R may be the same price as the Lancer...but the Lancer is a soulless car accented in typical Japanese fashion with too much plastic and as well the Lancer leaves you raw and chaffed with its unrefined ride as a daily driver. The Golf R is crafted in true R fashion BUT not true R pricing. Everything he complains about is acceptable for a car at only 36K. If I were paying GTR prices or Audi R prices, then I would have a problem. The price difference between a standard GTI and the R is also acceptable. AWD, More horses, better brakes and suspension for only a few thousand more than a GTI is a bargain in my book. The handle and drive of the R is also noticeably better if only a few fractions of a second faster. The AWD lends for a great drive as you carve into corners then launching you back into the straight away. If a few thousand dollars is your concern between the GTI and the R, then buy the GTI. That is truly a great car. If a unique, exclusive car that truly handles as if it were 20K more expensive is appealing to you, then buy the R.