Haha Skunkman sorry- the hood rests atop a resting truck that was once mine.
VW/Audi were plagued by electrical issues in the 90s and early 2000's - from what I have heard from people who have purchased VW/Audi's in the past 2-3 years they have had no problems. It's hard to come back from bad rep like that - it's still a concern and its an important factor to consider. Consider this - the tacomas had an unknown with their frames when I purchased mine but I had faith that they resolved the issues.
The tacoma is a legendary truck - it is not an easy decision to move away from one. The Golf R is a completely different animal - it is the drivetrain from an Audi TT-S, the frame design is similar (but slightly heavier) - and it uses the same AWD system as the Lambo Aventador Ala Quattro (4-motion) haldrex. topped with a 4 door hatch which makes it practical. Torn is an understatement.
For the money - I can get the VW for 3-5 more depending on what I could talk the price down on the Tacoma as I want it (loaded) - the interior of the VW is a very nice place - fit and finish is some of the best. I know these things are designed to do two very different things - but when it comes down to it I don't tow anything, I think I have used the truck bed 3-4 times the entire time I have owned it - which makes it hard to justify the 17 mpg avg I was getting (the VW was getting 24 mpg city when I was driving it heavy footed.
I only put on 10-11k miles a year avg, when you add the insurance check Im getting,I am getting a brand new 37+k car for 14k (what I would finance). Add low APR rates right now and it makes this a tough call. Do I pay 8K for a new taco that stickers around 32k or go for the sporty little hatch.
Anyone who thinks this is a easy choice is nuts - I don't think I could go to the dealer and finance a 37K car (something about that would bug me - too expensive for one) but because I'm getting this big check this puts that car in my reach. If that makes sense.
Tough one for sure.