Nope, but very close in pricing. I'd definitely have a A4 or 3 series or C class if it means paying a few more thousand dollars for a better interior/exterior/driving experience. At the end of the day, the Golf GTI/R is nothing but a glorified boy racer car to me - in the likes of the STI's/Evo's/Civic SI's. Besides, the VW crowd has some serious issues with lowering the car (to an extreme) and going with hideous stance looks.
There is a huge following for a reason and just because you don't like it, it does not mean its hideous to everyone else. Heck there is bimmer's and benz's with huge drops and "hideous" stances. Oh and please don't compare Golf R/GTI to STI's/Evo'S/Civic SI's. VW offering way ahead of them with interior quality and features you get for the price you pay. Not trying to flame btw, just saying
I had about 5 VW cars in my short time since I started driving ( 12 years) and I had no big issues that would derail me from buying another VW. Right now, I am enjoying my G37S coupe but will def. look back getting into Golf R or any VW for that matter.