Volkswagen has revealed a new version of the ever-popular Golf. Known as the R-Line, this trim level sits above the GT model in the range, and benefits from fancier looks and a little extra kit.
Fitted with a new body kit, the R-Line apes the style of the range-topping Golf R. Sports suspension, supporting new 17-inch alloy wheels, lowers the ride by 10mm compared to lesser models. A subtle dose of aggression is added at the front thanks to a sportier front bumper and grille, while side skirts, a subtle rear spoiler and chunkier rear bumper round off the changes outside.
Meanwhile, the interior gains stainless steel pedals and door sills, sports seats in the front and leather on the gear knob and steering wheel. Everything is trimmed in mean and moody shades of fabric: charcoal trim on the doors and seats is set off by black roof lining. A fancier satellite navigation system and PreCrash – a system which best prepares the car in the event of an imminent accident – are fitted as standard.
What powers it?
Engine choices are limited to one petrol and on diesel. The fast-yet-frugal 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol motor hits 62mph from a standstill in 8.2 seconds yet achieves an official 60.1 mpg, though not at the same time! This engine was good enough to feature in our list of best small petrol engines back in 2014.
Buyers can also opt for a diesel. The 2.0 TDI is capable of 68.9mpg and produces the same 148hp as the petrol. Both petrol and diesel versions can be picked with either a six speed manual gearbox, or a dual-clutch automatic – seven forward gears for the petrol and six for the diesel.
How much will it cost?
Prices start from £24,190 for the three door 1.4 TSI manual and top out at £26,765 for a five-door diesel auto. The new Golf R-Line trim range is available to order now.