Volkswagen has added a sporty new trim level, called R-Line, to its Golf hatchback range.
The new model, which sits at the top of the Golf model line-up, starts from £24,190. It is available in conjunction with a 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel developing 148bhp – both of which are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or optional DSG automatic.
The petrol motor is fitted with VW’s cylinder deactivation technology, which can turn off individual cylinders to save fuel when cruising, and fire them up imperceptibly when extra power is required. It will return 60.1mpg on the official combined cycle, compared with 68.9mpg from the diesel.
Commanding a premium of £995 over equivalent ‘GT’-spec models (formerly the highest trim), R-Line cars are festooned with sporty styling details to put them on a par – visually at least – with the hit Golf GTI and R models. Amongst the exterior highlights are a new radiator grille, redesigned bumpers with larger air intakes, larger side skirts and unique 17-inch alloy wheels.
The cabin receives a similar restyling, with stainless steel pedals, grey door liners, black roof lining and embossed front sports seats. A sports steering wheel and leather-trimmed gear knob complete the makeover.
The VW Golf R-Line is available to order now, with the first customer deliveries expected in March.
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