I kind of agree with you. They've grown on me since I didn't know how I felt about them at first. I just wanted others to see before they bought to get the opportunity I didn't haha.
It's a different price range, but I'm strongly considering a second year Mk8 R and just buying a set of 18's now and will likely either do the Apex forged option or the APR forged, either in brushed. It's such an awesome finish.I really wanted bronze. I still might.