Thats what I want to know!
I get Auto Express on subscription and have only just had time to read this weeks one.
They have a road test: Golf R32 vs Rivals. Comprises: Golf R32 (funnily enough) Focus RS, Astra GSi Turbo, and Civic Type R.
Now......I know all of these are 200bhp+ and the 172/Cup is 172bhp, which may be the reason. But when the Top Gear road test puts the Mk2 172 2nd to the CTR, and calls it "still an excellent package" and loses out only on non-raw feel and being not as well made or practical, I think the 172 deserved to be tested here!!!
The results of the test are:
1st: Focus RS!
3rd: Golf R32
4th: Astra GSi Turbo
What does everyone else think? Would the 172 or Cup be outclassed here or could they have been worthy competitors?