The Volkswagen range is awash with choice, from simple, cheap runabouts like the Up to a highly advanced petrol/electric plug-in hybrid like the Golf GTE, there’s almost certainly something for everyone.
As a result, keeping up with which trim level is which can be a dizzying task. Buyers of the Golf or the Passat might be familiar with the R-Line trim, but what is it exactly? We’ve taken a look at where it slips into the Golf’s range.
The R-Line trim sits at the top of the mainstream range of the Golf, the Passat and the Tiguan. The upgrades over the next model down, the GT, are purely cosmetic, though many buyers choose it for its more sporty styling alone.
An important point to note is that the R-Line is not the same as the R – the latter is the most potent Golf, powered by a 296hp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with four-wheel drive. The R-Line, is powered by a choice of 1.4-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines, each producing much more pedestrian power levels.
Beyond the GT’s standard equipment levels, the R-Line adds:
- 17-inch alloy wheels – in an R-Line specific design
- Body coloured roof spoiler
- Rear diffuser housing a twin-tipped exhaust pipe
- R-line specific body kit – includes sports front and rear bumpers, front grille and side skirts
- Sports seats – with ‘R-Line’ logos stitched into the seat backs
- Black rooflining
- Stainless steel pedals
- R-Line door sill protectors
The price of these extras adds £995 to the asking price relative to the GT. While some might prefer the looks, that’s quite a significant sum of money for changes that don’t bring any tangible benefit. Unless appearances are the absolute priority for you, we’d recommend saving the cash and picking the GT.
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