The MK8 looks ugly in my opinion. They've messed it up compared to the MK7, which I believe was the best looking golf ever. I just got rid of my MK7 GTI and got the A35, purely because the MK8 was delayed and when I finally saw the images, I was glad about my decision.
I think the new R looks OK externally but I don't think VW have moved the game on far enough with the interior - it's too similar to the current model. We've got an R and an A35 and going from one to the other really highlights how much nicer the Merc is inside.